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It typically spans a distance of only 4 3/4" (misses' sizes 6 to 8) to 5 1/4" (misses' sizes 18 to 20) in a fitted garment--an insignificant measurement you might think. However, the shoulder seam plays a key role in the fit of garments that cover the upper body. Because coats, jackets, blouses and dresses all hang from the shoulder, well-fitting shoulder seams are imperative for a garment to look and wear well.
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Because shoulder width is related to your bone structure, it's one measurement that doesn't change much over the years. If you're broad-shouldered for your build, you'll always be broad-shouldered--and vice versa.
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|Barbara Weiland is a Project Manager and Editor for Storey Communications in Williamstown, Mass. Her most recent book is "Secrets for Successful Sewing," published by Rodale Press, Inc. She also edited "Fit for Real People" by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. |
"Fit for Real People"
by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto is available at local fabric stores or from Palmer/Pletsch Associates, (800) 728-3784
Web site www.palmerpletsch.com.
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