How to take in a sleeveless dress under the arms
It can be frustrating when you buy a dress that’s too big, but think of it this way: if you’re taking in a dress under the arms, it means that there’s excess fabric around the waist. So if you take in just one area, you’re making two different changes to the dress at once.
Let’s say you bought a size 10 (your usual size) but now want to fit into a size 8. If you take in under the arms only, then your waist will still be larger than your bust line—and vice versa! In order to fix this problem and get both areas fitted properly, follow these steps:
Take the dress off and lay it out flat on the floor or a large table.
Before you cut any fabric, make sure the dress is laying flat. Make sure it’s not wrinkled or stretched out, and make sure it is lying in a closed circle. Cutting off more than 1/2″ from the sides of your underarm seam will help prevent puckering around the armscye.
Once you have determined that your pattern pieces are ready for cutting, take them to your sewing machine and cut them out carefully with a straight edge ruler and rotary cutter. If you have lots of other projects going on at once (which I highly recommend), I recommend using fabric adhesive spray or pins to hold together all layers before cutting—this is especially helpful if one or more pieces of fabric are stretchy!
Next comes pinning! Before you begin working on this part though, please remember: do not use pins that go through multiple layers of fabric because they can leave holes behind when removed later on down the line—it’s better just stick one into each layer individually if possible instead–I’ve also heard some people say “never” but again–just try not too much pressure…try…
If you want the dress to fit tighter all over, take in some excess fabric from the sides of the dress as well.
Now that you have taken in under the arms of your dress, it is time to finish off this step by hemming them down with a zig zag stitch. You can do this on both sides of the dress if you want it to fit tighter all around (above or below the hemline).
- Start by pinning your fabric along one side seam towards where the armhole begins, then continue pinning all around until you reach the other side seam.
- If you are uncomfortable removing any lining from inside of your dress, just be sure that when pinning from one side seam towards where the armhole starts, not to include any seam allowance as part of what gets pinned; only clip off excess fabric above or below that line! Then hem up whatever remains above and/or below those pins respectively (if anything at all).
- Once everything has been properly pinned together, take out any clamps and begin sewing along these lines using a zig zag stitch until everything looks smooth like so:
If you’re taking in just under the arms, take in from there to the sides.
If you’re taking in just under the arms, take in from there to the sides. If you take in too much fabric or leave too much of it, your dress will be too tight or loose respectively. The more a garment has been washed, the more likely it is to shrink – so if your dress already fits well and is easy to move around in, taking it in may not be necessary at all!
If you’re working with a stretchy fabric like jersey or spandex, make sure that any seam allowances are folded over so that they don’t stretch out over time (this can cause some awkward puckering). Depending on how much ease is built into the pattern piece itself (the same goes for knit tops), you might want to experiment with different seam techniques such as flat felled seams or French seams before sewing with this type of fabric just so make sure everything stays put as intended.
To do this, make sure that when you’re pinning your seam allowance down, to do so as close to that seam as possible so it doesn’t pull or sag.
The distance from your seam allowance to your pin will determine how much stretch and movement you get when you wear the garment.
If you pin it as close to the seam as possible (1), it will be very tight and hold its shape well, but not give at all. If you pin it as far away from the seam (3), then there’s more room for movement and stretch, but not quite as much structure or support. If you choose to do nothing at all (2) then there’s some give but not a lot of structure or support—and if you choose 2A instead of 2, then even less structure or support! If these don’t sound like good options for your dress underarms, then don’t panic! You have other options:
- Pinning on either side of where your arm goes through (4) gives just enough stretch so that things aren’t too tight around the armhole area…but still allows for some structure around those areas by giving off some extra material in between each armhole seam. This is probably one of my favorite ways to deal with dress underarm issues because it gives off just enough give without sacrificing style points!
- Pinning somewhere else entirely (5). Some people might find that things are too tight around their neckline or waistline; others may find them too loose in those areas instead…for whatever reason! Being able to adjust where exactly on your garment’s seams fall means that no matter what kind of body shape someone has been given by fate/nature/God himself—they can always make sure they’ll feel comfortable wearing their clothes without feeling like they’re suffocating inside their own skin every time they move around too much.”
You can tailor dresses at home with little skill and no sewing machine!
If you’re a sewist, don’t be embarrassed to use your skills. You can tailor dresses at home with little skill and no sewing machine!
If you’d like to try this method on your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- A dress form (or two)
- Sewing pins
- A needle and thread that matches the fabric of your dress
You may also want to invest in a dressmaker’s dummy, which will help you achieve an even better fit by evenly distributing pressure along all of the seams while you work. You can sew your alterations by hand or with a sewing machine. If you don’t have one yet, this guide offers excellent advice on how to choose the right machine for tailoring purposes.
The best way to take in a dress under the arms is to add darts. You can take out the excess fabric, but it will look strange when you do this. The solution is to remove some of the fabric from under each arm and use darts that are sewn inside the garment where they won’t be seen by anyone except you!