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Just wondering: eliminating back seam?

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    Profile photo of forkandneedleforkandneedle @forkandneedle

    I’ve been looking closely at the pattern for this and notice that the back piece (number 7) has a seam in it for the centre back. I see that the seam is ever so slightly curved – hence the need for it – rather than being placed on a fold. Would it be possible to take out this seam by straightening the centre back line (ie cutting back the allowance, and placing on fold)? I don’t like seams down my back and am also trying to be a bit lazy! I know I’d need to check my hip measurements against the finished measurements but I’m sure I would be under anyway.

    Love the new pattern! Yippee! to no zip and a more flattering neckline!!

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    I don’t know about the Cappuccino but the back seam gives the Portfolio a lovely shape.

    I am sure you ‘could’ skip it, but would you miss out on some of the style?

    If you don’t mind a less shaped fit I shouldn’t think it would be a problem.

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    Profile photo of RobinRobin @Robin

    I wondered about that too. I think that seam is important to help with shape and gives you one more opportunity to tweak the fit.

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    Profile photo of JohannaOJohannaO @JohannaO

    I eliminated the back seam on a Portfolio that I made, and it didn’t bother me, but I have a rather flat bum, so that that with a grain of salt.

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    Just a note that I edited the subject line to make it a little easier for folks to find this thread if they have the same question.

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    Profile photo of JilllsJillls @Jillls

    You could use darts instead of a seam.

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    The center back seam on this pattern really really helps with the shape of this top. That being said, I have a pretty severe sway back, so I can never skip it. If you are very straight in the back and not too curvy through the hip, you might be happy without it.

    I know it seems odd that a “loose” fitting top would need so much shaping, but the geometry of our bodies is deceptive. This blouse really is well drafted. The FBA instructions are spot on, too, though they’re unusual. Have faith in Liesl and follow exactly as they are.

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    Profile photo of sahmcoloradosahmcolorado @sahmcolorado

    Oh, I didn’t know there were FBA instructions! Now I really want to get this pattern!

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    Profile photo of forkandneedleforkandneedle @forkandneedle

    Thanks for all of that… I’ll leave it in when I make my muslin one and go from there. 🙂

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    It’s a good thing too, because the front is a really unusual shape and the FBA instructions included are specific to this pattern and not like any I’ve ever seen before. But as I said, it does work very well.

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    Profile photo of cybele727cybele727 @cybele727

    Ooh an FBA included? Count the girls in!

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    Profile photo of Liesl GibsonLiesl Gibson
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    Yes, you can absolutely remove the back seam! We added in rather late in the process because 1) it gives a little more shaping and 2) it allows you to use less fabric because you don’t need to cut on the fold. But by all means, change it! Our first samples were cut on fold and worked just fine. I prefer it without the seam, too, but fabric economy was a concern. And I do like a little extra shaping through the back.

    And yes, I really blew it by not mentioning that there are FBA instructions for this pattern. Whoops. Friday afternoons are not my prime blog post writing times…

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    Profile photo of sahmcoloradosahmcolorado @sahmcolorado

    That’s a huge bonus, Liesl. I’m really excited to give this pattern a try. 🙂

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    Profile photo of sanitystitchessanitystitches @sanitystitches

    I am chiming in rather late. I eliminated the back seam by cutting on the fold and then adding a small inverted pleat at the top where the seam line would have been. It worked fine.

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