While I love the new luxe seatshirts, the large amounts of ease in "sweatshirts" do not wear well on this over-50 body! So I chose Vogue 8536, a close fitting tee shirt. I cut a size 14 in the shoulders and size 16 in the body. This gave me a good fit in the shoulder/arms and a tad of "sweatshirt roominess" in the body.
I eliminated the side seam vents and lowered the hem one inch at center back and center front. Lowering the back hem one inch is a tip I learned from Susan Khalje. A curved hem is more slenderizing than a horizontal line. Since the pattern of the fabric at the front hem has horizontal lines, I curved the hem line on the front as well. These slightly curved hemlines really improve the look of the top.
I used Scallops for the front only and used Black Rib Knit for the back, sleeves and neck band. These fabrics sewed up nicely. I don't have a serger so used a straight stitch, slightly stretching the fabric while stitching, and then used a zig-zag stitch 1/4 inch into the seam allowance. The fabric didn't mind one bit!
I love these two fabrics together. The subtle shine of the Black Rib Knit pairs nicely with the silver metallic thread in Scallops. Together they gave me a fun, casual holiday top with just enough sparkle for this introvert :-).
Love, Love, Love this Cathy!
This would also look great with a pencil skirt and silver metallic shoes for a dressier look. Thank you for the review!