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not sure I like it.
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Subject: M5522 ... hmmm ... Date: 6/17/08 1:03 AM

The sleeves look just HUGE in this pic, but my fiance says it looks OK except when I'm standing like that with my elbows out.

This one does need a camisole, however.


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Date: 6/17/08 1:31 AM

Cute pattern and fabric, but I think the whole blouse is too big.

You need to start with a smaller size. The shoulders of this are too wide and I'm thinking it's probably supposed to be more fitted under that empire seam. What's the pattern number?

Next time you go to make a garment, you need decide on your size and then make the next size smaller!

I must say, though, that color looks fantastic with your sking tone and hair. I would look totally dead in it.
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Date: 6/17/08 1:56 AM

Well I like it - sometimes it just takes a while to get used to new design features on clothes - and puffy sleeves fall right into that category. The sheer fabric you have used means that the sleeves look a bit more subtle anyway. Just try wearing it a few times and see how you feel. It looks really well made and it suits you so I hope it grows on you.

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Date: 6/17/08 8:46 AM

Look at what a cutie you are! I LOVE the color on your too, it looks fabulous with your skintone & hair. I'm jealous! I too would looke ill, LOL :D

I do think you might like it in a size smaller through the shoulders (maybe with a FBA if it's too tight in a smaller size). Do you think you would like the sleeves if they were shorter? Maybe elbow length? I do like the sleeves though! I personally would prefer they end at the elbow or just above on myself.

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Date: 6/17/08 9:10 AM

Thanks guys! That was a $1/yard fabric from Hancocks.

The problem is, it's not tight in the bust when I go down a size. It's tight in the shoulders and armpits. I have pretty broad/meaty arms and shoulders, and smaller sizes ride up in my armpits and make me sweat.

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Date: 6/17/08 9:14 AM

Do you have a really good sewing reference handy? The book I use has several alterations listed for shoulders. Maybe you could try a size smaller with one of these alterations...

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Date: 6/17/08 9:31 AM

Okay, I'm no expert but it looks as though you may have sloping shoulders. When you go down in size maybe it feels "too small" in the shoulders and arms because the armscye is too high. Please take my word for it, this blouse is too wide across the shoulders for you. You may be used to things fitting that way because that's how you've compensated to make the armholes fit.

So what I'm saying is, you should start with a smaller size and make an adjustment for sloping shoulders.

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Date: 6/17/08 9:49 AM

I agree it looks too large. It's a really cute pattern though and you did a great job making it. However, the shoulders hang too long and you are swimming in the neckline. Try making the smaller size and use the larger size armhole and sleeve. That might just be the combination you need. But, you did get a great looking top for only $1 yd fabric.

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Date: 6/17/08 10:58 AM

Sloping shoulders? really?

I think I prefer the term "muscular neck."



But anyway, I didn't even know that was something I should alter for. I do have the Fast Fit book, but I didn't use any of those techniques since I wasn't sure they applied.

I like the idea of using the bigger armhole and sleeve with a smaller size, and I'll try the sloping shoulder adjustment on my next shirt too. I have some more "mystery bundle" fabric that I'm not worried about using for something that may not end up perfect.

Thanks everybody!!!

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Date: 6/17/08 12:46 PM

Okay, muscular neck, then. I'm wondering if you also have forward shoulders. It doesn't look like it in that first photo, but kind of sort of in the second one. That can definitely make the armholes on a shirt feel uncomfortable.

I love those photos, by the way. It's a whole, new side of you that you've hinted at and now we've seen it!

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