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bluebirdie
« on: September 16, 2004 01:09:24 PM »

Hi Everyone, This is my first post. I tried search and couldn't find the answer.

I'm new to sewing. Bought some slightly stretchy fabric and would like to make a simply top, something fitted at the waist with no collar, no botton, noooo zipper, with sleeves (I am shy and don't wear tank top outside my home), and long enough to cover my belly. Here's the my first problem:

My waist and rib cage are small relative to my wide shoulder and butt. I tried to buy some stretchy tops & tshirt that're fitted at the waist. But I couldn't put them on from the shoulder, nor from the bottom without tearing the blouse or myself  Embarrassed.

Do you creative pros out there have any suggestions on what kind of semi-fitted top I can make so I can put on and take off without a sweat? I am a beginner and can manage only simple ones. Any design idea or links or pictures would help.

Thank ya!
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2004 10:18:37 PM »

i'd suggest a wrap top, although i don't know if you could manage it....
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2004 10:20:53 AM »

Wrap top? That makes sense!!
I did a search and saw some wrap tops on the net. Although I never had one, looks like they will work for me. You're right. Looks like they're not that simple. I saw some with only the top part wrapped (the waist part is a tube), and some with the whole front open (wrapped and tied at the waist). Can anyone tell which type may be easier for beginners?

Also would it be easier for me if I skip the sleeves first? I'm afraid to sew sleeves since I've never done it before. I'm tempted to make a top without sleeves first (I can wear that around the house). If that works, can I add sleeves on later?
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2004 04:23:12 PM »

if you have very stretchy fabric then a wrap top that's sewn together at the sides would be easier (they're my favorite style of top, actually), but as your fabric is only sort of stretchy you'd be better off making the kind that wraps around your waist and ties. it'll definitely be easier if you skip the sleeves (well, the set-in ones, at least), but what's the point of making clothes if you're not going to show them off, right? i'm sure you can find a basic wrap top pattern, which will include the perfect shaped pieces for sleeves.

some basic wrap top patterns:

New Look 18192
New Look 18738
Simplicity 16023
Vogue 22002
Burda 25764 (if you want to do a dress instead of a top. a gorgeous dress that i'm hopelessly in lust with now.)
Butterick 11883
Butterick 12198 (this one looks really easy and has loooong flowy sleeves)
McCalls 11808
Kwik Sew 9519


I'm not sure exactly what part(s) of yourself you're shy about, etc, but if you're willing to bare your arms you could make a princess-seamed tank top, halter top, or strapless top that laces up the back (mmmm lacing. make it as fitted as you want). you could always just wear a coat or shrug or something to cover your arms if that's a major issue for you. actually, you could make one that laces to adjust but isn't actually open anywhere. there's a way to do it with a t-shirt that's a little bit bigger than your size.....but that's reconstruction, not making a shirt from new slightly stretchy fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2004 05:32:39 PM »

Thanks so much for taking the time to list all those patterns for me. I'll go to the store to check them out.

btw I'm not shy about my arms or anything  Embarrassed. I just don't feel comfortable wearing tank top or sleeveless since I've been wearing mostly long sleeve shirt and baggy tshirt for many many years. When I first started working, my mom bought me enough big wemon's shirts that lasted me years. Now I finally decided that I want to try something more fitted coz even my mom looks more fashionable than me, no kidding.  Hey it's better late than never.

On the tshirt reconstruction... I found a few project ideas on the completed forum. Now, I have plenty of big tshirt to make myself a reconstruction like you suggested. At least I can wear them to bed Grin
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