Fitting Knits: How to Make a Back Contour Adjustment on a T-Shirt Pattern


Last week we talked about bust adjustments on a t-shirt pattern, this week I'd like to address how to handle back contour shaping. Age and posture can take a toll on the body and sometimes can result in more rounded shoulders and back. In order to achieve a good and comfortable fit in your garments you'll likely need to make a pattern adjustment to accommodate this body shape so today we'll cover the upper-back and mid-back contour shape adjustments.

Watch the video now to see how it's done.

If you'd like to learn about stretch fabric pattern making, I invite you to look into my online course The Custom Stretch Knit Bodice. You'll learn how to draft a basic T-shirt using your own body measurements. I'll leave a link for you on this page.

If you're not interested in drafting your own T-Shirt I have a pattern you can use. It's called the Jenny Tee and you can find it at For more information about how the Jenny pattern fits take a look at this video: Fitting Knits: How to Determine Negative Ease on the Jenny Tee

I hope you enjoyed this fitting knits video series. If you have comments and questions use the comment section below to share them.

For more information on fitting the back, review these resources:

Fitting the Back (Understanding Shape)

The Forward Neck Adjustment

The Rounded Back Adjustment

The Prominent Shoulder Blade Adjustment

Three Ways to Manage the Back Shoulder Dart


All My Best,