What to do with underarm gaps in sleeveless tops.

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KarinVogel Sat 07-Jul-18 17:54:48

Not sure if this is the right place but I need help with how to adapt sleeveless tops with deep arm ho;es. I have had surgery which has left my underarm area looking like a horror show so I need armholes to fit properly. I have some lovely tops which I wear with a cardigan and obviously normally that poses no problems. But in weather like we have now I would like to take the cardigan off. It looks really weird to be sitting sweating but wearing a cardigan.
Ive tried sewing up the armhole a bit but just end up with a lopsided effect that pulls the other side across.
Any other ideas I can try?

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WinnerWinnerChickenDinner0 Sat 07-Jul-18 18:51:50

I would suggest finding a good dress maker. They can work wonders getting ill fitting things to work.
A small job would usually cost £10-15. Worth every penny yo have something you like that fits nicely

imsorryiasked Sat 07-Jul-18 19:05:59

Which bit do you need to hide? The part you would shave or armpit to bra?

Trilllllian Sat 07-Jul-18 19:09:48

I think you could look for cap sleeve top - and also if you find a top in a slightly stretchy fabric the arm hole will be a bit smaller

Boden do a top called ‘rivoli’ in lots of colours. It a silk mix and it’s very flattering. I often see people on TV wearing it as it works well under jackets and on its own. Has a couple of gathers at the neck line and the merest hint of a sleeve

meala Sat 07-Jul-18 19:10:50

Can you sew? Jalie patterns have an ideal top for this issue. It's called Bobbies and has a hidden under layer that prevents gaping and covers underarms a bit more.
jalie.com/3880-bobbie-magic-v-neck-top-sewing-pattern

littlebillie Sat 07-Jul-18 19:11:17

These are useful to wear under a revealing top

https://www.matalan.co.uk/product/detail/s2684663_c047/seam-free-bandeau-bra-nude

meala Sat 07-Jul-18 19:12:28

Sorry posted too soon. Could you adapt the idea of the pattern to add a hidden inside layer in the tops you already have?

Trilllllian Sat 07-Jul-18 19:15:01

Sorry it’s actually ‘ravello’ : m.boden.co.uk/en-gb/womens-tops-t-shirts/short-sleeved-tops/w0032/womens-ravello-top

KarinVogel Sat 07-Jul-18 19:23:43

Some good ideas - thank you.
@meala - thats exactly what I imagined .
I need the whole pit to bra area (plus front strap to back strap) to be covered -it aint pretty but I forget so gesticulate ,expose the unpleasant sight and only realise from the glances I get.
Actually the undertop might be something I can manage in nude cotton maybe ?

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YouWereRight Sat 07-Jul-18 19:44:46

I have scars from eczema on my arm pits, and often have active eczema on them.

I generally trace off parents and add an extra 2 inches to the underarm. Being a bit of a bodger I tend it just eyeball the curve and continue the angle of the bodice, then fit and faff with it once I'm putting it together.

That jalie pattern looks ideal though.

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