When you make a top/blouse/jacket, does the fabric pool at the back around your waist?
Do you make the above sway back adjustment either above or below your waist? In my case I tend to make this change above the waist and I’ll also be making a second adjustment below the waist.
On this mini block, I’ve drawn a horizontal line above the waist, where I think the fabric pools the most. Everyone is different so you may need to take photos or grab a friend to help you figure out where the fabric pools the most.
After looking at the pool of fabric, the pool of fabric can be pinned at that point and I need to take out 1.5cm of fabric. Above I’ve folded out 1.5cm above the waistline.
But the centre back still needs to be the same length as the original pattern. On this pattern the centre back is a seam and not a fold.
If the centre back is a fold on your pattern, add seam allowance so you can shape this area better. That’s what I do for knit and woven tops.
Here’s the before and after shot of making a sway back adjustment to this knit top. The fullness was taken out above the waist.
I have the same problem and will at times make two adjustments. It does make a difference 🙂
I'm still experimenting with sway back adjustments. Your post is great, especially for showing why I should bother!
Thanks Maria – I definitely have sway back problems but haven't tried doing two tucks instead of one big one. Something to try next time!