When a simple, ten-minute alteration can turn a dud of a garment into a win, and make the wearer feel great, I am super happy. While visiting my sister, I worked with her to alter some items in her wardrobe so they'd highlight her beauty. The biggest problem she faces, like many small but busty women, is that any Ready To Wear (RTW) shirt which fits her bosom will bag out in other places. In my sister's case, the bagging happens in her back. So though she has a great figure, she puts on a shirt and feels sloppy and disheveled.
The shirt I'm working on here is a RTW sweater, with plenty of stretch to it and a large cowl neck. The excess fabric is all in the small of her back. My solution is simple, but nigh impossible to do on yourself: you need someone else to pin-fit the top to you. I'll show you how I did it.
TUTORIAL: BACK DARTS ON A SWEATER
Don't be afraid to alter your clothes! The risk is small (this simple change requires no cutting, so you can take it out if it doesn't work) and the pay-off is measured in confidence and neatness. Here's my sister looking as beautiful as she deserves to:
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