After mulling it over a bit, I decided to perform some minor surgery on my cowl-neck Renfrew to improve the too-loose-all-over fit. The original “before” version is on the left, and my slightly nipped-and-tucked “after” version is on the right. I’m so happy with the improved fit – it made such a huge difference in the way I feel in this top! I think it looks much cleaner overall, and it’s much more comfortable to wear. Yay! : )
See how much excess fabric came out in the back? I don’t feel like the top is swimming on me anymore, and I don’t have to keep adjusting it since it’s no longer falling all over the place as I walk around. I like my tops to stay put. My minor adjustments also reduced the bat-wing thing going on at the back armholes. I know bat-wing tops are in right now, but this is not one of them!
Much better overall. : ) Here’s what I did:
- Took in the side seams above the waist. I took in about 3/4 inch right below the armhole, about 1/2 below the bust, and tapered to nothing at the waist. The upper bust adjustment removed a whopping 3 inches from the width of the top!!
- Took in the sleeve seams, about 1/2 inch at the underarm and 1/4 inch for the rest of the sleeve.
- Hacked off 3 inches from the bottom of the sleeves. I cut off the old sleeve cuffs and attached slightly narrower new ones to reflect the slightly narrower sleeves.
I like my sleeves to be close fitting and to hit right at or slightly above the elbow, which is exactly what I have in the revised top. The old sleeves were just too loose for my taste, and I found myself constantly pushing them up above my elbows anyway. Might as well just cut them shorter and avoid all the fidgeting!
I washed and dried this top before making the alterations, just to make sure that I wasn’t working with stretched out fabric. This jersey is 100% cotton with poor recovery. I like the soft feel of it, but it does stretch out a little as the day goes on.
Anyway, I feel a million times better in my revised top, and now I know where to nip and tuck for the v-neck version that’s waiting on my sewing table. I don’t think the old top looked bad, but I just wasn’t comfortable in it. If we’re going to invest the time and money to make our own clothes, we might as well feel fantastic in them! : )