There are no patterns like this in my stash, especially with those sleeves. Ever since the closest Hancock's closed, it has put a huge dent in my pattern buying sprees. So what's a girl to do? Get out a TNT tee pattern and get to work redesigning the pattern to look similar to the Newport News tunic. Thinking that maybe somebody might be interested in my love of pattern alterations and redesigning (I'm not kidding--a true geek here), I've documented my journey from the close-fitting Textile Studio Santa Monica Tee to the Phat Chick (Re-)Design. I'm certainly no pro in these areas, but I do love the challenge of both.
Here's a rough sketch of what I want (minus the princess seaming in the upper front bodice). Bear with my lack of artistic/drawing talent:
The TS pattern below is my starting point. I've made this top at least three times and it has been altered to fit--FBA, forward shoulder, broad upper back, with a few more tweaks. This is actually a raglan style, but that doesn't matter to me. I'll be keeping the raglan seams.
So I retraced my altered pattern and added my new style lines. I'll need:
- A horizontal style line/"empire" seam below the bust on the front.
- Redesign the neckline to a deep scoop neck.
- A horizontal style line on the back as well with princess seams above that style line for a precise back fit.
- A horizontal style line at the elbow area on the sleeve.
- Slash and spread bottom fronts and backs for gathering.
- Slash and spread sleeve bottom for balanced fullness.
- Length added to the front and back bodice pieces.
Front: Added the new style line and drew in possible neckline scoops.
Back: (the princess seam style lines will NOT extend below the empire style line in fabric). Added princess seam to upper bodice only and added the horizontal style line.
Sleeve: Horizontal style lined added
Sleeve cut on style line:
Seam allowances added to the horizontal sleeve seam. Balanced fullness added to the bottom portion of sleeve. The lower sleeve seam will be gathered and stitched to the horizontal seam. The sleeve hem will have an elastic casing.
That completes the basic redesign. The muslin has been cut and is ready to stitch up. I'm using some soft-but-ugly grey knit that I purchased for $1/yard during PR Weekend 2006. The intent of that fabric was for knit muslins like this. I really want to cut out my wrap dress but need to clean off my entire kitchen table. Those dress pieces are really long. Maybe this weekend.
Looking forward to testing the redesign...