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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Lower the front hem or raise the back hem on this t-shirt? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Lower the front hem or raise the back hem on this t-shirt?
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Date: 7/18/13 3:31 PM

I was taking pictures and preparing to write my review of this pattern (Pamela's patterns, perfect T shirt) when I realized that it is actually somewhat crooked on me. I don't think I was pulling the backside down (maybe I was, when I attempted to smooth it), but it looks like I inadvertently made a hi-lo shirt.



Sorry that the pic is blurry, but you see what I mean. Is the problem too much length in back? (Do I need the swayback alteration?) Or is the front too short since it has to go over the bust? If the latter, can I just lengthen at the bottom? Am I overthinking a t-shirt?

The hemline is supposed to be curved up at the side seams ("shirttail hem"), but I think the front and back at their lowest points are supposed to be even.

The funny thing about all of this is that I never even realized the length disparities until I saw the photo!

Thanks for your thoughts,
June

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Date: 7/18/13 4:26 PM

When shirts look like that on me, it means I need to add to the front. I have to do an FBA and have a belly, both of which take up more fabric. It's why I don't buy many RTW shirts or tops.

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Date: 7/18/13 6:29 PM

As Jean said, when the front looks like this, it usually indicates the need for an FBA. If you are larger than a B cup, the FBA is your friend.

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Date: 7/18/13 7:32 PM

If you are happy with the fit across your bust, I'd just go ahead and add some length at the hemline, grading out to the side seams.

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Date: 7/18/13 8:11 PM

Cute top, by the way. I'm with the Front camp. You need to do an FBA. You look like you're a C cup, maybe even a D. Doing an FBA will also make the garment lay flatter against your jeans at the hem; it sticks out about 2-3 inches now. The back is fine.

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Date: 7/18/13 9:37 PM

Did you use the darted or undarted front?

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Date: 7/18/13 10:11 PM

This was the undarted front.

Thanks to all who have replied! I'm debating my next move - try the darted front, do the Sandra Betzina fix (add a little length, curve it outward on the side seam by the bust, ease it back to the right seam length), or the FBA on the undarted front. Decisions, decision!

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Date: 7/18/13 11:49 PM

I kinda like it longer in the back.

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Date: 7/19/13 5:23 AM

I like the way it turned out too! It looks like a design choice.

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Date: 7/19/13 11:00 AM

I've made this pattern lots of times, darted and undarted. I use the darted front with fabrics with not as much stretch (25%)
For interlock I use the undarted front.
If you like the fit of your current top, compare the darted front,which fits a little larger. You might choose the smaller size. I need to lower the dart a little bit,so double check the placement.

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