Me Made May 2018 Recap
Me Made May was really fun for me this year! I met my goal and wore something Me Made every day of May although I did not take pictures everyday. Although I wore something me made everyday, by the end of the month I was getting pretty tired of wearing the same 6-7 t-shirts over and over again. I found myself reaching for a couple RTW shirts and dresses occasionally and I think I was just looking for some variety. Which means I won’t feel bad about sewing up another couple shirts for myself to add a bit more variety.
Even though I wore the same shirts over and over, I haven’t shared several of those shirts yet! Funny how basics can be some of the most difficult things to master. I’ve been working on fitting a basic t shirt for what seems like forever! With my wide shoulders and small bust, shirts never fit my shoulders and most at the same time right out of the sleeve. I wore all my latest attempts throughout Me Made Made and thought I’d shared them since they are my best attempts yet!
Because my shoulders are so wide, I have to make huge wide shoulder adjustments which then messes up how the sleeve cap fits into the armscye.
I started with the Tonic Tee 2, which is a free pattern from SBCC. I chose this pattern because SBCC draft for petite figures. I’m right on the edge of petite and regular so it may not have mattered, but I love how many body measurements the pattern includes. I probably should have started with the Tonic Tee, since that already has short sleeves, but the Tonic Tee 2 was already printed so I just went with it and cut my sleeves the length I wanted.
This mustard pin dot shirt is my first version-after making a huge wide shoulder adjustment. It’s wearable, but I get the wrinkles above my bust after raising my arms that plague many people. The shoulder also ride up when I sit and annoy me with lots of extra fabric around my ear. It feels like a box. Maybe that happens because the cotton lycra club knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics is slightly thicker and stiffer than the solid cotton Lycras in my stash.
After the mustard version, I really tried to muslin out the wrinkles above my bust. I made a dart above my bust, scooped out the front armscye, adjusted the sleeve cap, moved the shoulder seam forward to line up with my ears, and probably a couple more things-but I didn’t write them down and now I don’t remember. But don’t worry-they are all on my pattern pieces. The muslin looks fantastic!
This gray shirt is cut from the pattern pieces with the adjustments from my muslin, but I’m still disappointed with the fit. The shoulders still look a little funny and I still get wrinkles above my bust. Boo. But I like the neckline.
At the same time, I started messing around with the Hey June Handmade Woodstock Tee. I made the largest size for me-even though this is for girls not women. I can often get away with that. I made a huge wide shoulder adjustment, added a bit of extra room right at the side seam and armscye, and added extra length to the sleeve cap by just extending the ends a little. I really liked how the sleeves fit even though I decided I don’t like the swing style on me. I ended up using the Key West Tank from New Horizons to slim it down and really like that silhouette. This sparkly one is a little on the short side, but I still wore it all through Me Made May.
After that I went a little rouge. I used the sleeves from the Woodstock Tee with the extra length I added and put it into the Tonic Tee 2 that I made all the adjustments to. With one more adjustment. I took out some of the length of the back armscye by taking a wedge along the back shoulder seam. But just the back shoulder seam-not the front. And it worked! This blue polka dot shirt is my best shirt yet! Again-not perfect but I am really happy with the fit. I guess I can make a bunch more now, right?
And those are most of the shirts I wore all through Me Made May.
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