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Lydia, take 4

Added Sep 10, 2010

by tanitisis

Calgary, Canada






I’ve had a heckuva time getting this pattern working for me. Not sure if it’s that I want it to fit differently than it was drafted to, or if it’s just not the right shape for my body… anyway, I think I finally have it mostly figured out. I lengthened the sleeves, went down to the size 32 (I usually make a Burda 36), shortened the waist, and shortened the armscye and sleeve-cap. I also lowered the neckline, which was its own fitting saga.

All that in the past, though, I am now super happy with this version of the pattern. It’s snug, close-fitting, and perfect for layering under anything to keep me warm since fall has very definitely arrived in my area (Pictured: layered under JJ blouse and Danielle dress). The best part is the super-long sleeves!

Blogged here with lots of talk about the fitting.

Material Notes

Unknown fibre knit, feels like a cotton or cotton-lycra though.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Sep 10, 2010, 06.59 PMby hdk100

    It’s really a basic piece that we should have in every color! Your Lydia looks just like you said: great fitting! What I’d like to know is: do you have a trick to make such a beautiful neckline? I’m new at tees, and mine turn outwards at the neck… Thanks.

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      Sep 10, 2010, 08.09 PMby tanitisis

      I use a band of the same fabric and a narrow clear elastic (about 1/4" wide). I first sew it down (with a stretch stitch) with my shirt on the bottom, then the band, and the elastic on the top. When that is done I fold the band over the elastic around to the back of the shirt, and topstitch (I used a double needle but you don’t have to). It leaves a raw edge on the inside, but looks nice outside. The trick is to pull the elastic and band gently as you sew, so that it will tug-in the stretched out shirt… but not too hard or you get gathers!

      The clear elastic is easy to sew-through and has great recovery, but I’ve also done it without; depending on the recovery of your fabric this works fine. Often the stretched-out look goes away after you wash the shirt, too, as long as you don’t have more stretch in the shirt than in the band. The shirt can get stretched from handling (getting pulled on) or by the feed-dogs of your machine, which is hard to avoid.

      Now that I’ve got the fit figured out, I think I need about a dozen of these!

    • 026_125_eves_a_singer_varrogep_preview_large

      Sep 11, 2010, 12.56 PMby hdk100

      Wow! Thanks a lot for your tips! I haven’t heard of putting elastic in, great. I look forward to seeing your next lydias! :)

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