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Date: 8/17/12 10:38 AM

How a rounded shirt hem flatters

This would be easy to add to just about any top (*I think*!!) And because we sew, we can make sure the length is perfect.

Here's an example but check out her post - she explains and illustrates it well.

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Date: 8/17/12 10:43 AM

Does anyone have a great shirt pattern to recommend? I think this may be my new uniform for home during the colder months. I may layer a sweater underneath since we keep the heat so low and I'm home during the day.

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Date: 8/17/12 10:45 AM

I just finished Angie's Top by Silhouette Patterns; that has a rounded hem. And it gets hung up on my tummy. I think the photo you posted works well because there is a dark color in there which breaks things up. My top is in a peach plaid; small plaid, almost invisible, but still it looks like too much midsection on me. I should have known!

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Date: 8/17/12 11:59 AM

I'm sorry :(

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Date: 8/17/12 12:24 PM

I just checked Angie's Top and it looks like the rounded hem is formed by the side tab gathering up a straight or straighter hemline. In the pattern photo this creates soft fold of added fullness over the tummy. I can imagine it gives extra volume where I wouldn't want it. You could combat that affect with fabric that is soft and drapey. That would collapse those folds better than a classic shirting with some crispness.

I wear a camisole almost year round of a slippery knit; that helps things not grab and ride up on belly. You could give it a try with your Angie Top. And also, I think the points about the visuals on a rounded hem are valid. Plus if you tuck in there's just less fabric to gob into your pant or skirt. The cut aways at the side also give your legs more freedom to stride. I really like the look of the rounded front a bit above the crotch and the back rounded hem longer and covering the tush. A bonus!

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Date: 8/17/12 12:34 PM

Pamela Leggett's #104 The Perfect T-Shirt, is a knit top with a rounded hemline. I really like the essence of waist that the pattern also provides. Here is my review. I've made the top five times already so it has met TNT status. I've used both interlock and Ponte de Roma which both worked very well. You can make it in just about any knit, but adjust your size according to the amount of stretch in your fabric.

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Date: 8/17/12 12:40 PM

Here is a link to # 511 Angie's Top at Silhouette Patterns (NAYY).

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Date: 8/17/12 3:48 PM

I don't think there's any one style that looks universally good on everyone. I'm sure that rounded hems look best on some women, but they don't do anything at all for me. I wear straight, relatively short hems on my tops. If I rounded the hems on my tops I'd have to lengthen them in the center and I don't think that would be flattering on me.

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Date: 8/17/12 3:52 PM

Now, if you will, imagine the model facing you; you'll see some fullness in her tummy, although her tummy is much flatter than mine, and the sides hiked up via the tabs will accentuate this. Click here for a picture of mine

But it is true; maybe if I'd used a drapier fabric than the shirting, it might have been better, like maybe the folds in the center would be more pronounced, thereby breaking up all the fullness. I could also have lowered the tabs at the side seams a little bit, giving the illusion of a slight curve; but they are better than if I let the top just hang down--that's worse!

And the reference to an "essence of a a waist" with the Pamela pattern is a perfect visual. That's why I like French darts.
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Date: 8/17/12 5:26 PM

The side ruching technique on a favorite T pattern also works for this, just cut the T longer for the gathering.
Try by pinning and stretching a length of narrow elastic on a T's SA, from side hem up over the waist line. You can do 1 side or both for interest.
For my tall DIL I modify men's SM long-sleeve Turtle or V-necks (longer body and sleeves) for winter layering this way, more feminine. She also wore them when PG.

A hint for a standard A-line skirt is to taper the sides up at least 1/2", so I guess this is the same principle?

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