I know that you smart, talented and generous readers will be able to give me directions to my problem, especially those of you who sew clothes.
A year or so ago I made my elderly Mum this top. We had a lovely day choosing the pattern and material, and I enjoyed sewing. Unfortunately it wasn’t the right pattern to choose, and was way too big on Mum. She has always been petite and become more so as she has aged.
She loves the fabric, enjoys the idea of wearing garments that are not Little Old Lady Clothes. I think most of all though, she loves it because it was something we did together.
So she has asked me to make it smaller, which is where I need your advice. I can see two options.
- to take it in under the armholes and down the side. Would this create problems with the way the top hangs?
2. to take it in down the middle, back as well as front, of course. While this option is the most fiddly (I would have to rebind the neck and redo the hem) I feel that the top will sit better on her. Also, the neck is very wide, and this option will reduce that.
However, I would like to know what the more experienced among you think. Is there an option 3? Any thoughts?