ooops, don't mean to bad-mouth my body parts, but well, if the shoe fits...
Anyway, this is an alteration I will tackle because the bodice is so similar to my fitted tried and true (TNT) bodice block.
Important caveat: If I have a pattern that includes the entire range of sizes I need, I will trace each area in the size that fits me.
Sadly, that is not always available, so I resort to cutting & pasting as follows.
Just for reference, here is an approximation of a standard bodice block:
|wonder whose shoulders look like this?|
And now for the pattern surgery. The unaltered bodice from Butterick 5523 (without seam allowances) is aligned with my fitted TNT bodice in the next picture:So that is the story. Did it make sense to those of you who wonder, "once I understand my own shoulders, how do I make a pattern fit me?" This is how I do it. And, it really works pretty well.
In the best world, the pattern has everything from size 10-20 and I can get everything I need to make the dress fit. Of course, there are variable with every project. Sometimes, it is way easier to make a franken-pattern adjustment like I have described above.
If you have questions, please ask. If you would like to send photos to me, of your shoulder fitting problems, please do! I keep learning more every day and it is my true pleasure to share my knowledge and help you sew clothes that will please you. It has made such a difference in my life to wear clothes that please me.
I cannot begin to describe what it has done for my self esteem to create my own clothing.
Have a good one, everybody!
And thanks for reading,
your friend in shoulder adjustments,