You know how sometimes you think "Damn! I look good!"? And then some evil person shows you a picture of yourself? And you realize that you are hopelessly delusional? I just did that to myself.
I was hoping this second draft of my Perfect T-Shirt Pattern would come out, well, perfectly. And when I put it on, it certainly felt perfect. Silky-soft cotton jersey? Check. My bestest color, hot pink? Check. Low-but-not-too-low neckline? Check. Perfect fit? Che-- uh. Well...
Not so perfect. This shirt is the perfect example of how choice of fabric really does make a drastic difference in overall fit. I was hoping that this fabric wouldn't be as clingy and unflattering as I suspected it would be. My hopes were, alas, dashed to the ground like so many shattering crystal vases flung from the hands of distraught and frustrated housewives.
Sorry. I've been ready trashy romance novels this week.
Anyway, here is the second version of my Perfect T-Shirt Pattern. I decided to rotate the dart up into the neckline and then convert the dart to smocked gathers. (I have a BWOF top- that I have literally worn to pieces- that has this same treatment, so I foresee making this version in about twenty different fabrics.)
For those of you playing along at home who aren't so up on your drafting techniques, here's how you do the dart-to-smocking conversion (I totally made this up myself, so if it doesn't work for you I take absolutely no responsibility for it):
1) rotate the dart up to the neckline (see various sewing books on how to rotate a dart)
2) measure the total width of the dart at the widest point (distance x)
3) multiply distance x times the amount needed to make up the difference in width when gathered (I didn't do a test strip on this, I just guessed that the gathering would need to be about two times the width of the dart... this ended up being slightly too little gathering, so I'm going to try 2.5 times on the next one). This is distance y.
4) measure distance y from the center front and draw a vertical line parallel to the center front
5) draw a horizontal line (perpendicular to the center front) down from the neckline equal to about 2/3 to 3/4 of the length of the dart
6) draw in your stitch lines for the smocking/gathering (I chose to do five lines of smocking)
Here's the end result (warning! giant boob picture ahead):
Everything else in the pattern is the same as my first version.
And here it is, in all it's unflattering, clingy glory. Absolutely enhanced by my half-wet hair, of course. And the fact that I should have pulled the top down at least an inch in the front before I took the pictures.
Why the hell my husband let me walk out of the house like this, I have no idea. The only explanation is that my husband's version of a "good look" for me is exclusively one that he can see down the front of. And hence he probably thought this top was... perfect.