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Monday, January 6, 2014

T-Shirt Troubles...New Look 6216

I seem to have a bee in my sewing bonnet at the moment - I've made the pants (here) and the View C top (here) and rather liked the look of the longer sleeve top.  So, I decided that I would make a muslin first  some surplus knit fabric that I have.

Especially as the top is very loose - I knew that from before, but it suited the fabric I had - and it was also for mid summer wear, when loose is what you want.  I also know that the neckline is far too wide for me - but I have already worked out the neckline shape.


Well, here is my muslin of the long sleeve version:


Yes - I'm not looking thrilled, I agree - it is not a flattering top.  The sleeves are tight and do not stretch as they are cut in one with the main body - so they are on the longways non stretch grain.  The body looks like a sack:

 Well, you do have to laugh at that look - and see what I mean about the sleeves?  There is seriously something not quite right about this look!

Yes, well, I think I have some work to do on this little top.  I am going to go back to the drawing board and see what I can make of it...

By the way, the pants are RTW rayon elastic waist pull on things.  You can see why I prefer to make my own - my worst casual pants tend to look better than this!

I'll update the progress on this top as I have more news....

Keep happy and sewing everyone...

Sarah Liz



24 comments:

  1. O dear! Those sleeves look really uncomfortable! If the neckline, the bodice and the sleeves of a top are not to your liking and you're still willing to give the pattern another chance you certainly have a lot of patience!

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    1. Hello Marianne - I don't know if I have a surplus of patience, or whether I enjoy the challenge of solving a problem - I think it depends on my mood :)

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  2. Agree this one not right and with those cut on sleeves I'm not sure how you will fix when the bodice is so big! You are a lot more patient than I.

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    1. Hi Sharon, I've seen other cuts like this with tight sleeves and voluminous bodices. It must be a trend at the moment, but not one I like :)

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  3. Well, that explains a lot to me! Now I know why something similar I made did not work out - the stretch in the sleeve is the wrong way when cut all in one like this. It makes perfect sense now you point it out, and I for one will remember the lesson and not do this again with a stretch fabric. Your blog is very helpful, SarahLiz. And you do have a large amount of patience :)

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    1. Thank you Patricia. I do like sharing what I learn, because that way we all learn something.

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  4. Sarah, it'll be tough to get a good fit with those cut on sleeves and a-line shape. Though you like it for a short sleeve t, maybe you should check out a different pattern for a long sleeve version. Have you tried the Sewaholic Renfrew? It has hundreds of good reviews and the instructions are very good.

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    1. Hi Barbara, no I haven''t tried the Renfrew yet, I'll have to put it on the list. I do have an idea for this t-shirt, that may work :)

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  5. With your arms down, the shirt didn't look too bad. But i can really see how tight the sleeves are with your arms raised. That's strange because cut-on sleeves usually have a bit more room - at least that's been my experience.

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    1. Hi L - I think these sleeves were a very slim cut - I did measure them, and thought that there would be ample clearance, but I think with the stretch running down the length of the sleeve there is a sort of chinese finger tube thing happening. You know, as you pull the fingers out the tube tightens.

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  6. Interesting thoughts. I made a kwik sew pattern 2965 that also comes with a cut on sleeve version ( but I have only made the short sleeve version which I love -must do a review ) but the garment drawing looks like it has a bit of room. However I will give this post some serious thought when I get around to sewing this view. As everyone else said you have serious patience to work on this one.

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    1. Hi Janine, - do give it some thought - the reviews on Pattern Review also point out the strangeness of the sleeves - I think if they were wider they may work,but then it would be sloppy all over.

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  7. Also are you still doing the styling the stash blog. I always found it very motivating but I can see you have a lot on your agenda this year with your uni studies and garment a month blog.

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    1. Hi Janine, no, I am not doing the "Style the Stash" at the moment - it can also be re-opened, but it was losing momentum. That happens. You might find the Make A Garment A Month Challenge motivating as well - I hope so.

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  8. I'd get rid of this pattern and find one with set in sleeves for the long sleeve version. The short sleeve version looks nice.

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    1. Yes, it's certainly tempting to ditch it :)

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  9. Eeeeh... This pattern is definitely not put together ..ha But, I love the pink color of the fabric.. Hope you get it figured out [and knowing how well, you fit patterns, I know you will.] Happy sewing.

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    1. No, I am sure they just draw computer pictures that look okay, but don't think things through!

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  10. Annoying that it didn't work out, I can readily empathise.

    Taking the sleeves back to the shorter length will make it wearable. It is a lovely colour on you, so this is worth considering. I'm not sure what to suggest about the bodice sides...

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    1. Yes, short sleeves would work - like the black and white top. But I don't like the feel of this fabric for summer - it is too warm I am playing with ideas at the moment, as you could imagine :)

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  11. Different fabrics sure do sew up differently. It's not always easy to tell about certain fabrics.

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    1. You are right Faye, or how they work with different patterns.

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  12. I had not thought about the sleeves stretch with this style. You were a smart cookie about that one. I suppose if you want the sleeves to have the stretch then you would need to lay it out differently and then the bodice part may not be on the stretch of grain, right??? If so would that then make bodice a closer fit???? Enough speculating on my part. I know that you will figure this out. It is a cute style and like you said it is full with some people wearing that style better than others.

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    1. Hi Linda - I think I have a solution coming to me and will share it with you soon :)

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