Briefly (or not:) I bought this paisley wool challis as a bolt end over 25 years ago. I made it into a loose jacket-type shirt over 12 years ago. At one point I added a few tucks to add waist shaping but I never really liked the fit. At the beginning of April, I started working on a revision.
|The top ends at the widest part of my hips.|
|No waist definition.|
For some reason I decide to cut the sleeve out first.
Then the pattern pieces didn't match the remaining material available unless I did not want to use the existing neck facing.
The front was worse than the back, so I reattached part of the original sleeve piece to the edge of the armscye.
Then when I overlapped the shoulder seams, the back didn't fit. I briefly considered giving up.
So the back of the sleeve was reattached to the back armscye. (Are you starting to understand how this would have been so much easier if I had just opened the side seams and cut everything out with it flat?)
I sewed the sleeves in flat, then redid the side seams.
The result is better, both in a trimmer fit and shorter length.
Plus the curved hem land where I start to curve in.
Is anyone taking bets that I won't be doing things 'properly' next time?