I have, apparently, got really long arms so alot of shirts tend to fit well everywhere else but the arms are too short. This top was one of those, but it was on sale and I had to buy it. It sat in my closet for nearly a year until I almost put it in the donation pile. I decided instead, to try my elastic bobbin thread on it and cut the sleeve and give them some 'poof'.
I sewed a rolled hem on the very ends and then used the elastic thread near the edge. My sewing machine has a rolled hem foot so that was relatively easy and the elastic thread worked pretty well for me. I've read of lots of people having trouble with it, but somehow I have been spared that headache. Next time, however, I will sew the elastic thread a bit further from the arm hem, give it an inch or so of extra fabric...just as an aesthetic thing. I like how the top looks and it took all of 20 minutes to salvage it. I might just have to try this one again.
Don't you love my pose in this shot? Not exactly a natural stance for me, the whole self-portrait thing.
6 months ago