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AnitaJJ
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Date: 11/11/10 10:54 AM

I have the same problem with most dart-less knit patterns and RTW too: there's pleat-like puckers where the bodice front meets the sleeve. I wonder if I should add a dart on the side front where it meets the sleeve? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

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Date: 11/11/10 11:26 AM

You probably need a full bust adjustment -- with or without a dart.

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Date: 11/11/10 2:34 PM

I agree, an FBA probably with a dart would get rid of that small fold. But I think your top looks great, and much better than most RTW. I would wear the heck out of that thing and not even think twice.

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Date: 11/11/10 2:40 PM

I get this too....I just smoosh our a little dart in the armseye on the pattern piece before I cut it out. I do a corresponding little dart on the sleeve to match....

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Date: 11/11/10 8:28 PM

Marcy Tilton, has a t shirt fitting video, You tube maybe? or her website, anyway, she shows you how to tissue fit a t shirt and how to fit a small dart at exactly the spot you have wrinkles. It works and makes a nice fit. She stresses that the dart should be small and short, no more than 3". I just made a t shirt using this method and it's a nice fit around the armscye and a smaller dart than if I had added a side dart.

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Date: 11/12/10 0:15 AM

I had the same type of pleat when I was working on my TNT tee. For me the problem was the armscye was too high. I could actually feel the seam crawling into my armpit! Dropped it 1/2" and it went away. There was just enough ease in the sleeve cap that I didn't have to make any adjustments.

Just a thought as to something else that could be causing the problem.

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Date: 11/12/10 2:48 AM

That itsy-bitsy fold/pleat is part of the casual style. It wouldn't be a tee without the fold. Learn to love it and embrace it. It's suppose to be there, plus it makes the tee comfortable to wear.

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Date: 11/12/10 10:35 AM

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That itsy-bitsy fold/pleat is part of the casual style. It wouldn't be a tee without the fold. Learn to love it and embrace it. It's suppose to be there, plus it makes the tee comfortable to wear.

I agree. A t-shirt is a dartless garment for the most part so the little pleat is going to form. It's part of what the garment is. I think when we sew for ourselves we get caught up on over fitting. I've been know to do it myself.

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Date: 11/12/10 8:59 PM

Thanks to all for the helpful comments: Sally and Laura: I've never done an FBA before, but I now have 2 fitting books and I'll try it on a future garment. Deb: One of my books talks about "smooshing" out darts. LOL. I had never heard of that before. Nancy: I plan on checking out the video on fitting a t-shirt, thanks for the lead. Debbie: interesting your solution was in lowering the armhole sythe... I'll play with that idea in a future garment, and Sew4Fun and Sherril: I like your approach to t-shirts: ditch the darts and "embrace" the puckers.

Wow. What an abundance of helpful advice. I sooooo appreciate all your thoughts.

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