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Date: 2/28/14 9:15 PM

I really love the gathers and soft, flowiness of this tee -

http://www.swakdesigns.com/plus-size/p-1311-pretty-flutter-top-soft-shades.aspx

I'm wondering how I can alter a regular tee pattern to make it soft and flowing like this one. I know how to add gathers to the neckline, but this tee is also very wide at the hip area, so it's not just a matter of adding gathers to the neckline, but of keeping that width throughout the whole torso - or even widening towards the hip area. I would buy this piece, but I feel it's a little too short for me and I'd also rather have regular sleeves or at least longer flutter sleeves - or maybe short puff sleeves or something to keep the gathered theme going.

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Date: 3/1/14 9:29 AM

I would start with a raglan peasant blouse pattern and bind the neckline instead of inserting elastic.

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Date: 3/1/14 9:31 AM

Could you start with one (or more) of these patterns? You enter your measurements and download a custom-fitted pattern (some assembly required.)
Lekala 5809
Lekala 5796
Lekala 4098

Or Simplicity 1805 ?

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Date: 3/1/14 5:38 PM

The Simplicity pattern that Karla recommended looks like a great place to start. I notice in the picture of the RTW top the front hem is shaped in a gentle inverted vee, and the back seems to dip down in a curved shape. So to add this much "ease" in the hip area - I'm guessing 5 to 8 inches larger than your hip circumference - you'll probably want to " slash & spread" both the front & back bodice pieces from the hem to very near the neck line. If you are busty or deeper in the front than in the back as most of us are (think of a side seam bisecting your body and measure your front and back separately - unfortunately pattern grading does NOT account for different depths of figures - it mostly just adds width....grrr), you'll wanna add more of the ease (i.e. spreading your slashes) to the front.

To make the sleeves more fluttery, I'd suggest slash and spread again, adding most of the ease to the center of the sleeve (again this depends on your shape - with my "bingo wings" I'd be adding more to the back of the sleeve....).

Hope that's helpful.

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Date: 3/2/14 8:38 PM

Wow, thanks guys! All of these are great ideas I actually would never have thought of. I like the idea of a peasant blouse bound at the neck, but the patterns linked would work, too. I love some of Lekala's designs, but the measurements aren't big enough in the hip area. I could add some width to that area, though, I guess. Thanks again!

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