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Increasing the Back Width from Across the Armholes – Option 3B

We continue to discuss options to correct a tight across-back from armhole to armhole. We’ve seen that adding a center-back seam is a great correction if we’re happy with the back neck position and want to add a center-back seam.

This pattern correction is an alternative to the previous correction when you have the issue of the across-back being too tight and the back neckline too low. We will add a CB seam to help with the movement of the across-back area.

1. If you feel like the across back area is tight, Cut your pattern open horizontally in the center back area.
2. Tape and measure the amount you’ve opened.
3. Come back to your pattern and cut the pattern horizontally in the same area.
4. Allow the pattern to open at the CB, this will give a nice curvature to the CB seam.
This is a great solution when you need more movement to the across-back area and need to fix the back neckline position at the same time.

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