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farley | Posted in The Archives on

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Hi-can anyone help with pointers on how to convert a shell with sleeves into a stretch velvet tshirt type top? How do I handle the darts and keep the centre line straight?
Karen

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  1. Marion_E._Ruppel | | #1

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    Woven Fabric patterns have more ease than knit fabric patterns. Most knit fabric patterns do not have darts. The knit provides the ease. You may be better off getting a pattern designed for knits. You could also make your own pattern using a T Shirt or other knit shirt that is the same type knit you are going to use. Trace the pieces onto wax paper or pattern tracing paper and try it with some inexpensive interlock.:<)

    1. lin_hendrix | | #2

      *Hello Farley, Since your shell pattern fits well (I'm assuming that is why you wish to use it as a base for the t-shirt) you can do a few things to change it to a knit pattern for the stretch velvet you mentioned:>>"shrink" it on each side by about 1/4">> raise the armscye by about 1/4". do the same to the underarm section of the sleeves.>>if it's a small dart (around 1" total width at the widest part), convert the dart to gathers by rounding off the pointed edge of the dart, blending the bulge into the side seams. See my attached gif file to make this more clear. Gather the old dart width on the front piece into about 1" to 1.5" distance starting at the old dart position near the top.>>when sewing make sure to add a stay tape to the shoulder seams.this should work on stretchy knits. If you decide to go with a more stable knit adjust your pattern by subtracting less; the stretchier the knit-the less ease is added.let me know if my instructions need more clarification.--lin

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