Am I being too picky about The Gap below? The woman wearing this size 10 sample of my shirt thought it was great, but I was disappointed. On the Gap-O-Meter scale of 1-10 (1 being no gap whatsoever and 10 being barely able to button), I’d say this is a 2.

I woke up yesterday morning excited about getting your feedback on this photo and couldn’t get back to sleep. Then I started reading a book called “Dress Fitting” and couldn’t stay awake. However, I plowed through it for you, dear future customers, and learned helpful things about darts and seams. But if you read the book excerpt after the jump, you’ll understand why I needed a nap every few paragraphs.

From “Dress Fitting” by Natalie Bray:

Any looseness observed in the front neckline must be considered as part of the Shoulder dart into which it can always be moved to obtain a flat neckline fit (see Modelling Exercise VII). It may be left intentionally in the necklines because, for some figures, this is quite suitable and also helps to reduce the size of the Shoulder dart (see also explanations of point 7 below). On the other hand this may spoil the shape of some necklines, as explained in Chapter Four. At this early stage it is usually just noted. If excessive, it may be corrected when the shoulder is opened (after point 13).