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Topic: Fitting Ready to Wear T-Shirts  (Read 1119 times)
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« on: June 21, 2007 02:05:15 PM »

I'm finally tired of looking like a good wind could take me away.  When I get my RTW T-shirts (Land's End, Just My Size, etc.) to fit across the shoulders and bust, the rest of the shirt sticks out too far from my middle.  Definately unflattering, although I've put up with it for ages.

I'm wondering if anyone has put in darts in RTW?  Is it best to come from under the bust and take out a pointed oval or try from the sides?  I usually wear solid colors and am afraid the under the bust ones will look like my shirt had surgery.

Maybe the best bet is to pick up a patter and put the front pattern peice on the RTW and use it as a guide?

« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007 03:24:50 PM »

i think you are right, I would go in from the sides.  It shouldb't be hard.
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007 11:29:36 PM »

I've had good luck going in from the sides.  But you can always pin it and see how it looks or use a basting stitch for a non-permanent test run.
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2007 09:30:36 PM »

I think if you're talking about knit tops, taking it in from the sides so the shape is something like this: )  ( under the sleeves would work out better.  For wovens, darts would definitely be necessary, but the knit shouldn't need that kind of shaping because it should stretch to fit your shape as long as it is about the right size.  That said, darts or princess seams on knit tops can be a great design feature, but you might want to experiment with a shirt you don't care about first.

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