Friday, May 3, 2013
1st Tshirt Try 2
I took the Butterick 5215 pattern with my revised neckline and drafted a new pattern. I added 1/2" on the center back and front and added 4" to the bottom of the length, making it essentially an XL Long.
I decided to not waste any more yardage and raided my husband's unworn t-shirts. I have no idea why he had an XL fuschia San Francisco T in his collection. (I'm guessing I bought it for myself in the 80's when we all wore things 2 sizes too big. ) The heavy paint does reduce the stretch some, and overall it has a 1:5 stretch compared to the 1:3 on the first prototype.
I was suitably appalled with the bridge placement when the photo was taken. And please notice that the arm-pit bunching.
Interestingly, this triggered me to go check a measurement and I discovered something.
The circle with the + in the middle that I assume means nipple location, is 2.5" higher on the pattern than it is on my body.
So here is my question for you people who may know these things: How do I make my next adjustments?
1) I have very wide shoulders. Does the seam placement seem too narrow for my shoulders, or will it be OK after I fix the bust?
2) I need to add length to the upper torso. I SO, SO, SO don't want to have to also figure out a sleeve adjustment also. Can I splice the pattern just under the arm hole, add 2" of space and blend the curve?
3) I am 5'10" tall, are there some type of "tall" adjustments I should know about? Most of my height is in my legs (35" inseam) and I've always considered myself to have an average sized torso.
Did anyone notice the neckline disaster? I decided that I wasn't willing to give up the yardage for the bias that the pattern called for, and found a stretchy knit. Sadly, it had a LOT of poly and the minute the hot iron got near it, there was melty weird things going on. Next round I'm going to try a more traditional folded fabric neckline using the 15% smaller sizing technique.
I am open to suggestions!!! PLEASE HELP ME! Round 3 will happen Saturday.