I'm making my wife and I some matching pajamas from the Simplicity 5155
pattern. Its basically pants and a tank top. I cut out and stitched (but
have not yet finished the edges or hemmed) one of the tank tops. I used
the XL pattern. It fits me OK, but I'm a pretty big guy so I wouldn't
mind letting it out a little bit, so I had Jill try it on. She likes how
the body fits her fine, but we'd like to pick up the sides (ie make the
arm holes a little smaller without making the neck line higher.
So, after looking at it a bit, I think what I should do is pull up the
top of the shoulders and mark and trim the neck hole a little lower in
front and back, but only in the middle, of the neck and back, and using
a smooth curve to the edge of the strap. Know what I mean?
My other option would be to make a new pattern from the old one, raising
the inside of the arm holes but leaving the rest the same, and make the
new one for my wife, while pulling out the side seams of the one I've
made and re-sew the seams maybe 3/8 or 1/4 inch from the edge instead
of the called for 5/8 inch to gain 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch around the
chest for me.
Which of the above choices would be the easiest, or more correct method,
or are they all viable options? Or is there some other option I had not
thought about that would be better?
- posted 16 years ago