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shirt that fits!

Becky-book | Posted in Photo Gallery on

I finally got my shirt pattern tweaked enough to be comfortable; I’m wearing it right now! ‘Sunny’ helped with the photos.

On the side view you can see the solution to my sleeve problem; tucks in the cap; it works well with the tucks in front and back.

I divided the yoke so I could change the grain to have the stripes along the seam line of the front of the yoke and have some ‘visual interest’ high on my back (avoid the lower side! LOL)


PS I guess the shoulder seam does not show up well in the front view, sorry!

Edited 9/12/2007 7:24 pm ET by Becky-book


  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    Very pretty, Becky!  Nice job, too!  Lovely colour!  Good for you!


  2. Alipye | | #2

    Nice job Becky, loved the pics of your shirt.  Do I detect a form that is your duplicate unter the shirt.  I see yellow tape and was wondering.  I have been thinking of making one myself with garbage bags and duct tape, thinking of enlistingDH's help cos I don't have sewing buddy as yet.


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      Becky-book | | #17

      I tried to send you some personal encouragement, via e-mail but it bounced back as undeliverable so.....Yes, 'Sunny' is my duct tape double. Alice, who used to post here, drove all the way through Atlanta to come help me make her!!I sacrificed an old T-shirt, large, for the base. 'Sunny' has arms, but they are more in the way than helpful. Just make sure to get your shoulders right. Do 3 complete layers of tape, first 2 in cheap silver stuff then a top coat of your favorite color!
      And don't forget the horizontal balance line, mark up a set distance from the floor, all the way around the bottom edge, so you can duplicate your posture on the stand for your double.
      Hope this helps,

  3. user-51823 | | #3

    not only is it great looking, but you are so patient to do it in stripes with all those curves! brava!

  4. Crazy K | | #4

    I love it!!  All these photos are such an inspiration........I keep dreaming......haven't had time to pursue but I will......by golly!  Lovely blouse and I like the way you did the yoke.........adds interest.  And the fabric is so pretty!!

    Thanks for sharing!


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      Becky-book | | #5

      Thank you all!
      Would you believe I got that cloth from Wal-mart $1 table!

  5. Josefly | | #6

    Good for you on the fitting! Nice to know what works for you now, huh? I like what you did with the stripes in the yoke.

    Just curious about the fitting details - it appears you used tucks at the waist in the back, and were there pleats where you join the back to the yoke? Also, did you gather or dart the front of the bodice at the shoulder? I couldn't see any darts in the front.

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      Becky-book | | #7

      The original pattern had tucks in the bodice front at the shoulder (which I did use), and tucks in the back at the yoke. I added width to the lower back so had more to tuck at that seam. The waist line tucks were added to control the extra width required for hips (but not required for waist); without those tucks the shirt bunched up on the old fanny! Sleeve cap tucks allow for large bicep w/0 gathering.I hope to make another color of shirt soon, but mending, etc. has piled up lately! I really should be tending the laundry right now!!Becky

      Edited 9/13/2007 10:19 am ET by Becky-book

  6. MaryinColorado | | #8

    I especially like what you did with the back yoke!  Is the pattern that fitted or did you create it yourself?  Blouses always seem to have too much fullness for me, so thanks for the great photos and ideas on this.  Mary

    oops, I see you already explained techniques in your last response!  Nice matching of stripes too.  I'm glad you worked out the sleeve issues. 

    Edited 9/13/2007 10:40 am by MaryinColorado

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      Becky-book | | #9

      Yes, now that you mention it, I did narrow the front a little between the armscyes and since the stripe was un-even I cut the fronts separately to get mirror image results.Sunny, my duct tape double, was a great help with the back tucks; she wore the shirt, and I pinned the tucks. LOLBecky

      1. MaryinColorado | | #10

        It is so inspiring to see and "hear" how you worked through the fitting issues. 

        I have been procrastinating for about a year now due to fitting problems.  Now I have the courage to create some slopers so I can once again make clothes for myself.  Creating unique garments is what I have loved doing since childhood. 

        The respite was good for me in the long run.  I learned to make quilts and discovered how much fun free motion quilting and threadpainting is.  If not for the personal fitting issues, I might not have experimented and delved into so many other techniques.  Mary

  7. user-217847 | | #11

    Hi Becky,

    love the efect you created, super colours and a nice job, well done.


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    VKStitcher | | #12

    Becky, I like your shirt.  The back yoke is eye-catching.  Nice colors too, and it looks very comfortable.

    I've seen a picture of Sunny on one of your other posts.  I've been thinking that I should make one like her for myself.  I don't have anyone to help me with fitting as I sew, and I think she would be quite helpful.  I've seen directions on how to do it, but I'm still trying to figure out how to make her stand up.  How does Sunny stay so straight?

  9. drussell | | #13

    I'm very impressed with your work with an uneven stripe. Fabrics with an eneven strip or an uneven plaid are such a pain inthe neck. You did a great job!

    1. solosmocker | | #14

      So glad you got the fit issues down. Stripes are so dynamic and such fun to work with. You did a great job with them.

      1. drussell | | #15

        Hi solosmocker,

        I think you meant to post your message to Becky-book rather than to me. She's probably seen it and realizes the message was meant for her, but I thought you'd want to know.

        1. solosmocker | | #16

          Thanks so much for telling me. I went to edit and am unable to change my "To:". Once in a while that happens around here. I get to the bottom of a thread and am so eager to respond that hit the wrong button. Awesome job, Becky.

  10. dionna | | #18

    I love the blouse and now I'm looking for some striped fabric.

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