Member Since: 05/04/2009
I love you, Kenneth! Truly! I applied this same technique to a Sandra Betzina jacket pattern. It was styled as a denim jacket and I used a gorgeous oriental brocade fabric. It was too thick to flat fell, so I used Bias tape to cover all the inside seams, including the armhole. I learned the hard way just how important basting is, especially around the tighter curves of the armhole.
One of the beautiful things about making your own clothes is that you can play with the dimensions to get the fit you really want. I found that the small square made the top too big, so I used half my high hip measurements. I then measured across my shoulders and down each arm to my elbow and added 10" (for the cut off to create the arm openings). This resulted in a top that fits at my hips, rests just below mid hip and has sleeves that are long enough and do not bind under the arms.
I would not use my full hip measurement for the big square as I would end up with a shirt that was too loose across my chest...but I prefer a more fitted shirt. I highly recommend that you play with the measurements to get the fit you like.
I have made 5 of these tops using various fabrics from a madras plaid to a shimmer satin to a light weight knit. All of them fit nicely and each has its own personality...I even made a sundress using the square construction, perfect for the beach of pool.
KayN - I don't know if this appropriate to post here or not, but KwikSew has polo shirt patterns. #3059 is the misses sized pattern. They have them for men and children too.
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