* or what happens when your iron is too hot and your melt the lace.
** a dressy knit tee.
I had this tee I made last year sometime. The lace I used was a bit scratchy and I made the same mistake I made nearly all year which was make the armholes too high/tight (adjusting for sloping shoulders all year but forgot to lower the armscyce by the same amount – took me year to notice nearly all my clothes are too tight under the arm, true story).
Anyhow, as I result I never really wore it but pulled it out of the wardrobe the other night to try and fix it. The first thing I did was apply the iron to the lace while it was set on cotton/linen and melted a large hole in the lace. Okay then.
So I fixed it. I took the body of the tee in by quite a bit to make it more fitted, the resulting curve on the pattern looks really exagerated. I added a new, much nicer lace with a couple of tweaks for a better fit, using the old cut off lace as my muslin/pattern. I lowered the armscyce about 1/2″.
It is now much more comfortable to wear and the nice lace makes it feel more special (I do normally wear it with a flesh coloured bra though so please excuse the hot pink bra straps)
While I was in the mood for making dressy tops I also made New Look 6813 View B in a very stretchy knit crepe. I made it up two sizes smaller than my measurements (actually one and a half as my measurements put me between a 12 and 14 and I cut a 10) as I read this pattern runs very large. I can’t remember if I graded it out at the hips or not – late night sewing session.
Other than that I made it up a per the pattern and am very happy with the overall fit but found the yoke band totally the wrong angle for my narrow sloped shoulders.
When I tried it on the shoulder seams stood up like horns. I wasn’t in the mood for serious unpicking so I just chopped the offending excess fabric off and covered the resulting hot mess of a seamline with a large bow. It makes me feel like I am wearing footballers shoulder pads and a bit ridiculous, even for me with my love of OTT girlishness. Time will tell if the bows come off (I’ll just stitch a neat band over the exposed seams instead) but I’ll see how I feel wearing it first.
I think this pattern may be OOP as it doesn’t come up on the Simplicity website but the top is a great raglan sleeve basic tee with two neckline variations and the skirt has nice pleating too so I will revisit this pattern again when I want to make a t-shirt again. Other than the sizing issue, I really recommend it for a good knit top pattern – just cut one or two sizes smaller.