Monday, March 19, 2012

This Is The Reason Why…

…I never wear short sleeves.

‘K, so in typical fashion, once I had decided I was taking a break from garment sewing, I immediately felt a compelling need to make a shirt.  Although to be fair, I do need some shirts.  Definitely.

So taking into consideration several suggestions (one of them really persistently vociferous… I’m looking at you, Angie A.) to give short sleeves a chance, I decided to make Ottobre 5-2011 #9. 

5-2011 #9

Mostly because other than the short sleeves, it’s basically the perfect style for me and really only the sleeve issue had kept me from making it before.

And I was pretty much right.  Even with the sleeves jacked up (which they definitely are-- the hems stretched waaaay out).

Here’s the front view:

front

Here’s even a close up side view, wacky hems and bad hair and bared arms and all:

side-view

Reasonable, right?

Yeah. 

Then I pulled an Oonaballona:

back-OMG-no

ARRRRRRRRGH.  My eyes!  My eyes!  The horror!

 

This is why I will never ever no not ever wear short sleeves.

 

The End.

 

(vital stats: Ottobre Design 5-2011 #9, size 38 +1.5” FBA, lengthened sleeves 1”, reduced hem to .5”)

29 comments:

  1. I think this looks great on you! I don't even know what the hell you're talking about, lady! AND...it figures that Otto would come out with a cute top pattern now that I don't subscribe anymore...dammit!

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  2. What's the problem? Seriously, it's a cool lookin' tunic that fits you well, 'nuff said. And how the hell do you live in Texas and not wear short sleeves? I nearly pass out from heat exhaustion during the summer when I have to cover up all the ink in order to be workplace appropriate.

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  3. Totally cute! Love the print for the lower section. And seriously, don't torture yourself in long sleeves in Texas!

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  4. I think it's cute. It looks nice on you, the fabric is pretty and it's cool and comfortable. Are you wearing funny glasses?

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  5. Bahahahaha! I totally see the problem as I share the same genetics that makes this shirt an issue for you and for me as well. Ha! Luff ya! ~Sister Sara

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  6. Your arms are fine. The top is great. Wear it with pride. Make more.

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  7. Sorry, I can't see any sort of problem here, especially with the sleeves. Maybe you should be more explicit if you want sewing-sympathy??

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  8. Wtf? What crack are you smoking, lady? Totally cute tunic. Poses that give your daughter a run for her money. What's the problem, hmm?

    Although, if you *must* have them longer (crack brain) what about adding a Renfrew-style cuff to each sleeve, out of the fancy fabric?

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  9. 1. You are high. This top is really cute on you!
    2. Try "Steam a Seam" to keep knit hems in check.
    (Side note: My mother was convinced that she had "ugly knees" and refused to wear shorts in the summer time. Long pants, every day of the year. Granted, Michigan is cooler than Texas, but still. You. Are. Crazy.)

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  10. I think the shirt is really cute but I wouldn't wear it either. I think all the people that think you are high should submit a picture of the back of their arms in a short sleave shirt...~Sister Sara

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    1. oh my god there are two of you? and you're both funny (*cough in the head*)?

      i'm not sure World can handle this...

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    2. our parents have had similar thoughts... frequently.

      On the other hand, World is sort of a P.I.T.A. so I'm not sure we have that much sympathy....

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  11. pparently I have a google account - who knew!

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    1. duh. I'm pretty sure you've used it to write comments here before. Now who's smokin' the crack?

      Or something.

      We'll blame it on "altitude sickness".

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  12. I agree, it's a cute top! Don't know if you do this sort of thing, but I gave you a sunshine award:-)

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  13. Here's the thing...you can't see the back of your arms. Most people are only going to look at you from the front/facing you.

    You're still on crack. You and your sister.

    ha.

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    1. well, we do have the same bad arms....

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    2. um. wait. why are most people only going to see me from the front?? I'm two-dimensional? who's smokin' the crack now, sister?

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    3. haha! I meant if people are going to notice your outfit/what you're wearing, it's generally from the front, right? Don't mess with my delusions woman.

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  14. If you feel that bad about baring your arms now, you'd better start picking up the weights. Because one of these fine days you're going to hit menopause and (trust me on this) those "personal summers" will make a regular Texas summer day look like January in Anchorage. There will be no way you'll stick to your no-short-sleeve pledge.

    And imho, I'm with all the others in thinking you're smokin' crack. You look fine.

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  15. I think the sleeves and your arms are just fine. It seems to me the proportions of the top are wrong. I like it better significantly shorter. Try puttung your finger across the bottom of the photo and the shirt looks really great on you.

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  16. I think the sleeves and your arms are just fine. It seems to me the proportions of the top are wrong. I like it better significantly shorter. Try puttung your finger across the bottom of the photo and the shirt looks really great on you.

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  17. I think it looks fine ... I agree with the menopause comments and heat! Battling perimenopause now myself.
    I think that the black on the top is the problem ... I never like black or very dark colours on the top of light ones - I don't think it looks balanced but that's me. I think if you tried in all one fabric you may like it better.

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  18. i read this yesterday (but ruggy was playing Call Of Duty and of course if i'm on my computer it messes up the bandwidth and i SO can't type on my iphone) and i was all, "what? is there a face planted on her ass? a leafy frond growing where no leafy frond should be? what?! i wanna see!!!"

    your arms are fine. (your photo skillz still suck, tho.)

    (ooo you know what? i take it back. that last photo proves you've been practicing your rear poses. i agree with nancy. hack six inches off and show that cute derriere.)

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  19. Now, I'm going to have to look through my pictures on my blog and see what my arms look like or if I even have a picture posted. I actually don't think yours look bad at all. It may be the exact length of the sleeve, too, though, as I have great legs and the wrong length of skirts can make them look like this at the knees.

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  20. Honest opinion? You should wear short sleeves. And the top style is so cute on you, especially paired with the leggings.

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  21. Seriously, I think you should make the sleeves shorter. I think they are sort of slanting across at the widest part of your arm making it look bigger than it really is! You are just the victim of an optical illusion (and that nasty crack habit.)

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  22. I can't see what the problem is with your arms? I think that cutting the sleeves a bit shorter would be flattering and get rid of some of the hem flare (I agree about using Steam a Seam).

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