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Wide Shoulders Corrections – Adjust the Armhole

What can you do if your armhole seam hangs too far past the low point shoulder tip (LPS)? It may feel like the shoulders are too wide, or it may look like they are too wide. There are two pattern correction options to reduce wide shoulders on your garment. This is another one… and a personal favorite.

This post discusses how to fix it by adjusting the armhole. In case the slash and close method is just too much to figure out, you can use this much easier method for reducing the shoulder width. Here’s how to do it:

1. Identify the issue: The LPS is too low at the armhole area. You may have excess fabric in the “across front” area.
2. Pin the amount you want to reduce the across shoulder area at the armhole.
3. Measure the amount you’ve pinned and note it down.
4. Mark that amount inwards from the armhole at the LPS to get your new shoulder width.
5. After you do that, you’ll notice the armhole is slightly bigger. You’ll need to add to the cap height to make the sleeve fit the new armhole. (Alternatively, you could keep the sleeve as it is and raise the armhole to reduce that instead.) So many options! And for sure there are even more methods out there 😊
We’ll get into the across shoulder widths being too narrow next. They are actually the same methods, just going the opposite direction.

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