I’ve been wanting a drapey tee with ruffle sleeves for a while now – specifically in stripes. While this fits the bill, and feels amazing when on, after a few photo sessions, I realize it’s not as flattering as I’d like…
This is how I wish it would look like normally – drapey and tiny bit of shaping in the waist (due to shadows).
This is how it looks normally – a little too short and straight up and down. I realize now after reviewing lots of pictures on Google of women’s tops that they are supposed to hit a little below the waistband of your jeans.
Jumping back to the pattern for a minute, this is Butterick 6456. It is originally a tunic length top that is meant for wovens, but I wanted it for a knit in my stash (discontinued black and white striped viscose jersey from StylishFabrics). Since I was using knit, I sized down from size 10-12 to size 6. Knowing I prefer tops shorter and not tunic length and to accommodate my lack of height, I shortened the body and sleeves by 4″.
I even made a muslin! The length was perfect at that time and the main change I made at first for the final was a 1/2″ narrow shoulder adjustment. However, at the last minute, I made a spree of the moment decision to hack an additional 3″ off the body. Womp womp.
As I was trying on the top multiple times to decide whether I like it or not, I also realized I couldn’t distinguish the front from the back for my life, so as I applied bias binding for the neckline, I also slipped in a piece of white bias binding to mark the back. I’m too lazy to take a picture but it looks cute and is a great use of scraps!
While I like the idea of the top, I’m still trying to think of options that might make me love it. Should I add some length to the top by applying a strip of the same fabric at the bottom of the shirt and hope I can camouflage the hack? Or should I make the extension a ruffle so it seems intentional like the below blouse?
Any suggestions would be appreciated 😀