Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Doom, Despair, and Agony of Sleeves...

With apologies to Hee Haw for changing the lyrics of their best song. Hee Haw was so integral to my childhood that my sister gave me a boxed set of the greatest episodes - how does one repay that kindness?
Well, onto the sleeve. So this is the white slinky-ish knit from Chicago, which runs just like pantyhose and sticks to itself like Cling Wrap - delightful! You can see by the seam allowance showing through the sleeve that I couldn't get the sleeve to fit the armhole, so I tried letting it do what it wanted.
It felt tight and you can see wrinkles at the underarm as well, so I think I really need to enlarge the armhole itself, not so much the sleeve.
Well, maybe I should try gathering the sleeve cap to fit the armhole like most people do.
Here's one more shot of shortened sleeve cap - note the alignment of the wrinkles.
And here's my attempt at gathering the sleeve cap and easing it into the armhole - what a great study in wrinkles - they're going the other way now! (I wish I knew what that meant - I'm sure I can figure it out...)

So I had to just put that down because it was driving me crazy. This can't be a TNT if I haven't figured out the sleeves yet, and all the Silhouette tops I bought have that same French dart, so I bet the armholes are similar too - arrghhhhh! Back to the drawing board...

Wait - I know! The cardigan armhole fit perfectly - I'll trace it onto this shirt - that's gotta work...right?

(Also, did you note how the material is quite sheer so I lined the front by cutting 2 fronts and sewing it all up as one? Which means 4 French darts, and a walking foot...what a lot of work - sigh.)

6 comments:

RobbieK said...

Why don't you send your pix and an email to Peggy Sager. She is very helpful and can give you an idea of what to do....she drew the pattern, after all.

RobbieK said...

Hey Lynn, You are the featured member on Pattern Review today!

BeckyW said...

I just saw that you are featured member on Pattern Review. Congratulations!!!

Sister said...

Robbie, THAT is a fabulous idea! I will gather my courage....

And thank both you and Becky for noticing my featureness. I've felt like it was my birthday all day!

susiehomemakermd.com said...

Congrats on being featured, sorry I missed it. I sewed two knit tops this week with my new favorite pattern, the Sewaholic Renfrew. It looks similar to the one you are wearing but no stinkin' darts. Will try to blog them this weekend.

I had a new patient tell me today that the lady heart doctor said they should bring their baby to me--thank you :)

Sister said...

Oh - I eagerly await the review! I think Kitschycoo and KID MD have made that shirt - seems to be popular with the PR bloggers.