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    thingie @thingie

    Hello All,

    I’ve been working on the birthday dress and so far everything has worked out perfectly, but I’m having a serious problem with the shoulder seams. I got to the part where I need to sew them, and according to the way i interpret the instructions, my shoulder seams turn out very odd and bulky: I basically end up having sewn them together, right sides facing, such that it’s front+facing x2 into one fat open seam.

    Is there a measurement the arm opening should be for a size 12-18mo that i can use to join the seams my own way should the way the pattern dictates not work out?



    April Henry @April1930s

    Have you trimmed the seam allowances and clipped the corners yet?

    I’m trying to envision your seam to know what stage you are at, but I wonder if this outside tutorial helps…. Another O+S sewer posted this awhile ago: http://www.oliverands.com/forums/topic.php?id=60

    Liesl or others may be able to add more insight for you.

    Toyota888 @Toyota888

    From memory you won’t be sewing the 2×2 layers together but rather just the two OUTER layers together. The two facings you are meant to have ironed the seam allowances towards the inside so that you are kind of sewing alongside them when you are sewing the two outer layers together – check back a few steps I think…

    scgoble @scgoble

    I also had a problem with the shoulder seams, but of a different sort I think:



    I don’t know if I didn’t sew up far enough when attaching the facing? I was left with raw edge showing on the sides. I am going to take a more detailed look at the link above as well. I’m just feeling that I’ve missed a step or something.

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