It’s Got Elbow Patches!!
Who knew that elbow patches on a tee would get me this excited. I’ve been seeing lots of Deer & Doe Plantain tees in the blog-o-sphere. I needed some basics in my wardrobe as it has been 3 years since I swore off RTW and the last of my RTW tees are wearing thin. This shirt was perfect and it never hurts that the pattern is also free. For the fabric I reached for a comfy, fuzzy grey fabric from my stash to replace a grey tee that has an embarrassing number of little holes. With my newly folded stash it was super easy to find. For the elbow patch I used leftovers from making this shirt. It’s a plumy color and looks great with the grey.
The tee fit well for the most part. I made some of my usual changes.
- Shoulder slope adjustment
- Cheater back curve adjustment
- Petite adjustments
- Shortening sleeves. I ended up cutting it too short and adding a cuff to add the length back. This also meant I had to adjust the elbow patch to match my elbow.
Uncommon adjustments for me
- Raising the neckline by 3 inches. Yes, three. My petite proportion would account for about 1-1.5” of this. But surprisingly I didn’t need to do the petite adjustment through the sleeves. I think for the non-petite person this armhole would be too high and sleeve too tight.
To easily place the elbow patch I cut the patch placement out of the sleeve pattern. Then I laid the pattern over the sleeve and put the patch in the hole. Pin in place and remove the pattern and you’re ready to sew.
I don’t muslin but I do some pre-cutting changes mentioned above and the rest I fit as I go. I call these Fit Stops, like pit stops without the crew that works while you sit around. Where does one get one of these…
Fit Stop #1
When I sewed the shoulder seams, I tried it on to check
- my shoulder adjustments were right
- my head would fit through the now smaller neck hole
- back curve cheater adjustment was right
- arm hole was where I wanted it
- the length of the shirt was right
- the shirt would fit around me
Some of these changes I may not be able to fix on the fly but at least I know now vs after hours of sewing. Wadder prevention is the goal.
Fit Stop #2
Once the sleeves are on I tried it on again to check
- the sleeve length was right
- the sleeves weren’t too tight
- the elbow patch was in the right place
- anything that you may have missed at Fit Stop #1
This is where I saw that the sleeves are too short. Oops. I could have cut another sleeve but instead opted to add a cuff. My mis-measurement also meant my elbow patch was too low. I unpicked and resewed. Since the sleeves are still flat this much easier than it would have been had the underarm seams had been sewn.
Final Fit Stop
The last fit stop was to try on the finished shirt. My shirt didn’t need any changes so this stop was just to stop and bask in my own glory. I loved it so much; I ended up keeping it on for the rest of the night.
Just for laughs. Here are some awkward model poses I tried to show off the elbow patch.
Edited to add: Link to Pattern Review
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