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Topic: V-neck crossover shirts for people with boobs. NOW WITH TUTE!!!  (Read 4646 times)
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« on: July 16, 2007 10:15:42 PM »

Yesterday and today, I made 3 shirts!
I've never actually made shirts for myself before, I have tough-to-fit boobs and belly, so this was something new. Cheesy
They are based off this shirt which I bought from Bravissimo. I love it. But I can't afford $40+ and shipping for more. Also they only come in 2 colors. (I bought the green one..)

So I laid that shirt down and traced it to get rough pattern pieces. The first shirt I made is this one:

The lesson I learned on this shirt is adjust your stitch length for knits, or you will get puckering at your seams. My biggest fault as a seamstress is that I don't want to futz around with adjusting stitch lengths, tensions, or even putting in a matching thread color. I will purposely sew only black items for a few months just so I don't have to swap threads. I am lazy on the prep. It was my downfall on this shirt. Fortunately it's not bad, and still totally wearable.
It is a double knit, 100% cotton and no lycra, so it fits baggier.

Then today I adjusted my stitch length and made this one:

Again, 100% cotton double-knit and no lycra so it fits a little baggy. However, it's going to be an awesome winter shirt. The double-knit ones are pretty darned warm.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some felt and in the remnants bin found $5 of stretchy black knit, thin and soft. And *just* enough to make a shirt!
I whipped one more together, and it is my favorite. Lighter weight, fits slimmer. Didn't use anything but a serger and rotary cutter to make this one or the dark purple one! So fast and easy.

All together I spent about 4 hours and $10 on the 3. Cheesy

*sigh* Please ignore my inability to make cute faces when being photographed. I always, ALWAYS, get caught at the worst moment.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2007 11:20:30 AM by boingo82 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2007 10:35:42 PM »

yahoo. Gotta love it when something works out from those ideas. They are cute and now you have some tops, which always either get stained from the children, or shrink in the wash. I'm real proud, good for you Shocked
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007 08:35:55 AM »

so cute! i love the dark purple one especially!
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007 08:37:08 AM »

franzi- thanks!

moonmom -
Oh, you've met my kids. :p Greasy fingerprints everywhere, yep.

Hopefully they won't shrink in the wash. That's another thing, I never pre-wash fabric. Falls into the same category as changing the thread. A PITA that gets in the way of sewing.
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007 04:56:47 PM »

I love those!  Smiley Tute please?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007 11:07:02 PM »

That top is so pretty!  And hello, I know ALL about hard to fit boobs, so I'm with you on making more of what you find that works. 
Great job!

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007 11:22:05 PM »


Note: The pieces below are sized to fit about a 32F. My waist is about 29" so if that's not your size, adjust as necessary.

Note: I don't do seam allowances, I just serge right on the edge. I can't be bothered to cut the pieces out bigger than necessary and then trim off the excess. If you do seam allowances, you can add them on the perimeters.

I tried to add marks so you can match the pieces up easier, but if they're not clear just ask. Smiley

Cut the following pieces (drawn on 1" squares, make sure to view full)):

Also, cut a strip of knit that is the full width of your fabric, and about 2-4" tall, depending on how big you want your binding at the neck.

Match side boob piece to front boob piece, like so:


Match front boob pieces to large back piece at shoulders:

Take one of your long 4" strips, fold over to 2" wide, and serge to long front boob-back-front boob edge. I try to stretch the strip just a little so it gathers in the shirt fabric, and doesn't gape. This especially must be done in the shoulder-neck area. Also, make the strip hang a bit off either edge so there's plenty to catch in the under-bust seam later:

Flip the back out of the way, and figure out how much the two front boob pieces need to overlap in order to match widthwise to the underbust front strip.

Sew BOTH thicknesses of the underbust strip to the two boob pieces. The underbust piece is doubly thick to prevent it stretching and pulling up over the bust when arms are raised.

Sew the bottom panel onto the underbust strip:

With the side seams still open sew the sleeves on, matching marks. The sleeves are meant to be poofy so you will have to ease them in all around or gather at the tops. In this example I did half-sleeves but the pattern is for long sleeves.

*Sorry, I forgot to take pics from here out but you get the idea.
Sew the seams from the sleeve end all the way to the bottom of the shirt.

Cut 2 pieces off your 4" strips, about 7" or 8" long for cuffs. Serge them into loops, then fold over so they're 2" and doubled. Serge the raw edge to your shirt sleeve edge, easing in the excess sleeve.

Either hem the waist, or cut another piece of your 4" strip, either about 30" or however tight you want the waist cuff to be. Serge to a loop and ease in as you did with the sleeve cuffs.

« Last Edit: December 05, 2007 11:24:35 PM by boingo82 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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