Two pieces on my body is rarely a good thing. I have too many curves that two pieces cannot curve around without some darts or shaping. There are no darts. There is no shaping. It tried it anyway. The sleeve is cut on and the armhole is too low for my petite sizing. As you can see above right, the excess bunched up horribly under the arm and - along with no shoulder seam - made me look frumpy.
I added "no cut on sleeves" to my checklist and then used another pattern to trace the armhole for a sleeveless top onto the front and back pattern pieces and then redrew that line to raise the underarm an inch and then...
... pinned the altered front and pack pattern pieces together at the shoulder seam to create a continuous pattern that I then pinned to the fabric after folding the edges together. I added "must have darts or seams" to my checklist.
Tomorrow, I'll show you how I finished the neck and armholes and then on Wednesday how I added width to the back. While there are far more flattering patterns for me to chose next time, the top finished up okay. It's wearable, not a wadder. And that's something to celebrate. When I first started sewing forty years ago, I would have rolled it up and thrown it at the nearest garbage can. I love that now, more often than not, I can figure out how to make it work - YES YES - and I always learn in the process. This is good.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - figuring out how to make it work
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
- Benjamin Israeli