Love Notions Laundry Day Tee – sleeveless

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Work day in the loft…making a mess, no makeup or hair-do, just a nice morning spent finishing a few projects, watching the Wimbledon tennis matches, and having absolutely nothing planned or pressing.

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This is my second make of this dress (first one here), and I fully intended for it to have sleeves. But – I was well into cutting out the bodice when I remembered that I needed to adjust the length of the shoulder seams. Oops.

But it’s a nice segue into a discussion of why I needed to do that at all. (BTW, IMHO, based on reviews and examples I’ve seen, a lot of sewists have struggled with the armscye area and sleeve on this pattern. Perhaps this will be helpful ).

Below, on the left – the Laundry Day Tee, aka LDT, has two cutting lines for the armscye. One for the versions with sleeves, and a second ‘tank’ cutting line for the sleeveless versions. On the right – my LDT size Medium laid on M5974 size 12 (this is the Palmer/Pletsch Perfect Knit Dress, my version here).

There is about 1″ difference in shoulder length. On Emile, whose shoulders match mine since I trimmed them a few months ago, it’s easy to see just how short the shoulder seam really is:

Since I couldn’t add the sleeves, I trimmed a bit of curve into the front armscye (the back was fine) and used self-fabric binding to finish. A view of the inside (and I still can hardly believe this armscye was meant to carry a sleeve):

inside armscye
Fabric: Fresh Produce Hideaway Flowers cotton jersey, from Girl Charlee

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I’m not slamming this pattern at all, in fact I really like most of it, and I’ve certainly made more fit adjustments to other things I’ve sewn! I guess it irks me a little because it’s so avoidable – there’s a reason why Burda and all the Big 4 have almost identical shoulder lengths on their slopers. And those slopers fit me just fine, maybe with a change to the pitch of the seam for my square shoulders, but certainly long enough.

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Bye for now! Coco

Love Notions Laundry Day Tee – fun!

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What a great little pattern from Love Notions. I’ve been in the Love Notions Facebook group for some time, and I’ve watched this Tee progress through several iterations and updates. It has changed a lot – from a tee/tunic (on the left, below), to a tee, tunic, and dress, with lots of options. Tami Bunch Meyer, the designer, has really matured the pattern.

 

When Tami announced her 2017 update, (on the right, above), I decided to give it a go. I’m always on the hunt for a nice tee shirt dress – perfect for Florida weather all year long.

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My fabric is a rayon/lycra knit from Fiesta Fabrics, purchased on Craftsy back in January. I haven’t used it because it has a heathered finish that’s guaranteed to pill with a couple washings. But it’s perfect for a muslin of this dress.

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A few sewing notes:

  • My choices: the dress, with a scoop neck and elbow-length sleeves.
  • I drafted my tissue with a 1/2″ seam allowance (the pattern includes 3/8″ SA’s). I just think a wider SA is easier to sew.
  • I sewed the size Medium, mostly because I have a broad back and wide shoulders. The Small would have fit everywhere else, there’s generous ease in the waist and hips.
  • I’m 5’7″, and did not need extra length for my dress. In fact, I removed 3/4″. Nice!
  • The pattern includes a neckband, but I just used self-fabric binding on the neckline. To compensate for the lost width of the neckband, I raised the front neckline by 1/2″ at center front. But I didn’t change the back neckline at all.
  • I made an easy change at the top of the side seams. The armscye is a little longer than the sleeve cap, kind of a no-no, so I fixed it on my draft. BTW, I encountered the same thing on the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan. Forewarned…

armscye adjustment

 

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I think this pattern is a winner, and it joins my much loved Love Notions Sabrina Slims and Boyfriend Cardigan. More good news: it’s free to members of the Facebook group, and it’s currently on sale for $5 for everyone else.

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It’s Friday – I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Bye for now – Coco