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Narrow Shoulders Corrections – Move the Armhole

In case the slash-and-spread method is just too much to figure out, you can use this much easier method for increasing the shoulder width. The issue comes from the Low Point Shoulder (LPS) being too high at the armhole area. You may have draglines from being too tight in the “across front” area.

This is a personal go-to method because it keeps our shoulder slope the same.
1. Slash open the armhole at the LPS, tape and pin the amount you want to increase the across shoulder area at the armhole.
2. Measure the amount you’ve taped and note it down.
3. Mark that amount outwards from the armhole at the LPS to get your new shoulder width.
4. After you do that, you’ll notice the armhole is slightly smaller. You may need to slash out a very small amount from the sleeve to get it to fit the new armhole. (Alternatively, you could keep the sleeve as it is and lower the armhole to reduce that instead.)

That’s it! Pretty easy correction!

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  • A) Identify the Fitting Issue.
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