My first time in Boulder, I took a shirt-sewing class. With practice, I got pretty good at it.
But, Bad Dad is so hard on his clothes and not discerning enough to warrant my precious sewing time.
He did ask for short-sleeved shirts that he can wear in lab, that don't require ironing, and look presentable enough to step into a meeting.
I purchased 5 shirts at Goodwill on Saturday for the princely sum of $14. (The olive green solid shirt is a more expensive technical outdoor shirt, but a bargain at $4 instead of the > $100 they normally cost new.)
Measure and mark off your desired length + 1.5". (I cut mine 6.5" from the underarm seam for a ~5" sleeve length.) Notice that the sleeves taper toward the cuff. Stitching a smooth hem will not be easy.
You need to turn under a smaller amount, about 5/8". This way, the difference between the two circumferences is manageably small. Turn under 5/8" once. Make 4 snips near the underarm seam that extend just shy of the fold. The snips won't show, but they will allow a little bit of extra girth. Turn under 3/4". Stretch, steam and press to help the hem lie flat.
In other news, I finally finished DD's Halloween costume and mailed it off to her priority mail so she can wear it to school on Friday Oct 30. I also altered the green mock-wrap top to reduce the front gape. I just need to make her birthday outfit, stitch curtains for the guest room, finish the last pair of pillows and I can engage in some selfish sewing.
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