A Size 18 Tee from Sightly Less Than .9 Yard

Yes. Well, now I know I can do it, but it’s not the best top I’ve ever made for myself!

tee shirt

Remnant tee top

First: the SIZE issue. A mature woman with a size 40 bust measurement can have a number of designated sizes. In ready-to-wear, lately a 14 does it for me. But when you make the jump from young, lean and lithe in figure to…ahem…mature, weighty, gravity-affected, your bulk may not be located in the same area as others who fall into the same measurement slots. I have relatively wide shoulders, and not a voluptuous cup size. My waist measurement is never what the patterns say it’s supposed to be compared to my bust measurement. And I’m shorter than the average woman, too. So according to sewing patterns such as Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity, I should be a size 18-20. My Jalie pattern size would possibly be a Y. Burda size: 23 Petite (best case scenario) or a 46 (adjusted for height). For this tee top, I used Emma Seabrooke’s SewkeysE Claire pattern in a size A: her size 10 shoulders with CD cup size.

remnant tag

remnant info tag: end price was 50% off this

Next: the FABRIC. To make a top with set-in sleeves out of less than a yard of fabric, the remnant has to be pretty wide: this one is 57 inches. And the sleeves are very short. The last top I made with this pattern was from a knit remnant that had some lycra in it, so it looks and fits differently than this one and is stretchier. This fabric, a Nipk Caviar Glitter Tie-Dye in shades of yellow, orange and peach, is 100% polyester and the label says it must be hand-washed. That’s because it has thousands of little glued-on metal dots and hearts cascading over the fabric, that glitter in rainbow colors when the light hits them. Really pretty, but once I tried it on, I didn’t so much like the color on me. It’s also more see-through-ie than I thought it would be. 😦 I feel good in peach and orange, but yellow does not flatter me. See what you think from the picture.

tee shirt

Claire Tee in remnant Caviar Glitter Tie-Dye Knit

BTW, this is my 200th post on this blog! I think a celebration may be in order!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Jun 14, 2014 @ 11:14:46

    I think it looks super on you, Hon! Makes your skin glow even though you have been deathly ill for several weeks! I am ready to “Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music” and go shopping for a little music player to take on my trip. How will you celebrate your 200th?

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  2. atelieroursonne
    Jun 15, 2014 @ 02:22:31

    I think it looks just perfect for the occasion of celebrating the 200th post 🙂
    So bright and sparkly, I love it.
    And I know your sizing problem just too well. I seem to have a very narrow back, with a waist over two sizes bigger than my bust….. Not easy to adjust patterns …
    Anyway, congratulations on your 200th post.

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  3. Tish Farrell
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 14:39:04

    Think you did a good job here. Also this made me laugh as I know the feeling: “your bulk may not be located in the same area as others who fall into the same measurement slots”. It’s amazing how one day you look, and your bod has rearranged itself quite without permission. Well done on the 200th post.

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