FO: T-shirt revised yet again

I finished a new t-shirt! I took the last pattern iteration and made it just a tiny bit better, and I’m pretty happy with how it fits now, despite the drag lines under the bust. (Something to work on for the next time!)

Pardon the indoor nighttime shots, it’s winter in Minnesota and likely will remain so for the next few years.

The major changes were at the upper chest and sleeve. I slashed a fisheye opening across the chest and add another half inch of length at the bust level so the shirt does not ride up in front. I also widened the sleeves by about 1/4 inch.

Actually, I originally made the shirt with 3/4 sleeves. But it was just Too Much Stripey.


Not impressed

So I hacked them off and was happier.

Obligatory back view:

Coverstitching around the neckband, still very much in awe of how well the Babylock machine (BLCS-2) performs.

But there’s something about the shirt overall that bugs me… Here, let me show you what I mean:

You see where I’m going with this? Ha! What was I thinking?

This summer, I was inspired by SunnyGal Beth’s cheerful striped shirt, so much so that I immediately popped over to the vendor and ordered a couple yards. Except – I unintentionally purchased completely different fabric! Wah-wah!

I thought I could make it work… but the stripes are all wrong and even Meredith (my precocious 6-year-old) studied me and said I looked like I should be selling popcorn. Argh…

6 thoughts on “FO: T-shirt revised yet again

  1. Out of the mouths of babes. I think the shape of the shirt is great. If this fabric doesn’t work for you, call it a muslin and be proud of getting the fit right.

  2. You’ve definitely got the fit down perfectly! While I don’t think the stripey fabric implies popcorn seller exactly, it does fall into the category of being able to wear it only once every 6 months or so, because it’s, um, not forgettable :-) (I made a sweater like that once or twice).
    I’m really impressed with your sewing skills, fitting (or refitting) patterns is quite impressive!

  3. “Popcorn seller” wouldn’t have been my first thought, but it matters more what you think. Fantastic job, though–it looks great on you!

  4. Looks great! It is wild and crazy, that’s for sure! LOL I do love the 3/4 length sleeve on you. Immediately makes it look more dressy, or professional, even in this fabric!

    1. PS. I do not see your instagram widget, and I cannot seem to find you on there. If you want to email me what name or email to search, that would be great! I have not really dove into instagram yet, but I might!!

  5. Hey June, great fit and cool coverstitching! Your fabric is so unique with red and white stripes but they are all well broken up with the diagonal lines. If you wear a red open front cardigan over it , you could wear it to work and not look like you are selling popcorn…kids…what do they know? I’ve never heard of shredding books. Offering rewards never worked to motivate my 3 kids to clean up their rooms but taking away privileges or favorite toys certainly did. Good luck!

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