Do you have a blouse or shirt hanging in your wardrobe that you do not wear because it gapes at your bust? It’s a common problem. Let’s solve it once and for all.
It happens because the bust button is designed to be in line with your nipples and your bust may have moved a little bit south; hence the gap. It also happens when vanity wins and you buy a blouse/shirt which fits everywhere else but is a bit tight across your bust.
What to Do
1. Emergency Measure – You use a tiny safety pin to carefully pin the gap so that it sits flat against you. Been there! Done that! I also found on the web a product called ‘PINX’* which is a large fancy safety pin inserted using a stapler-like device. It is time-consuming and annoying keeping safety pins close by and inserting them every time you want to wear your blouse/shirt. Both these solutions discourage you from wearing it regularly which is why it hangs forlornly in your wardrobe.
2. Velcro Dots – You can iron or sew Velcro dots or rectangles in the gap to secure it. This technique is used on outdoor jackets to keep front flaps secure and it can be adapted to your gaping blouse/shirt. This technique works best on cotton rather than softer fabrics.
3. An Extra Invisible Button – This technique is adapted from shirts and jackets with flat seams where the button are hidden underneath. It is also recommended by Judith Turner** (as on the right). You reverse the button and buttonhole sides so that the button is invisible and sits inside your blouse/shirt.
Make a Decision
Now that you have options, make a decision. Fix it yourself or pay an alterations expert to do it or get rid of the blouse or shirt. Clothes that don’t fit you perfectly bring up negative emotions about yourself every time you see them.
It is not important what you do.
It is important that you do something to change the negative to a positive.
* Find PINX at http://www.justbetweenthegirls.com. No guarantees that it will work.
** Judith Turner is an Australian Alterations Expert and publisher of ‘Clothing Alteration Secrets Revealed’. Visit her website at http://www.geniecentre.com. The illustration above comes from an article she wrote for ‘Australian Stitches’ magazine.