The fabric I have chosen is a very thin knit without too much stretch. I think the stretch is fairly close to the knit of the white shirt I copied. The stretch of a knit can really change things. This brings up an interesting point. When a garment is made in a factory for ready to wear, the pattern has been engineered to work with one specific fabric. It has been tested and once everything is worked out, thousands of copies are made. Where as when a home sewing pattern is made, the pattern designer has no clue what fabric will be chosen by the person using the pattern. Those stretch guides on the sides of pattern envelopes are very helpful but this is why, I think, so much ease is worked into most patterns.
Remember the front and back body pieces are exactly the same except for the neckline. I will deal with that later. For now, I can cut them together.
I have checked several times to be sure the stripes of the under half of the folded fabric match up with the upper half, and so I cut.
I just had to show off my matched stripes at the side seam!
So ... it JUST fits. I probably should have added a little to the sides of the body and sleeve when I cut it (it can always be trimmed off), but I was so happy both pieces fit side by side on the fabric. Well I can let the seams out a tiny bit. And I do.
See, I guess this fabric does not stretch as much as the fabric of the white shirt ... Well it's not so bad and it is fitting me much better after I let out each seam about 3/16". That doesn't sound like a lot, but those little bits add up.
This is how I hemmed bottom and the sleeve. After deciding on the length I wanted and the width I wanted the band to be, I trimmed away the bottom and sleeve to allow for the width of the band. Then cut the bands as long as the bottom and sleeve measurements and twice as wide as I wanted it to be finished, plus a seam allowance.
I like to press folded bands neatly in half before I sew them to my garment.
I now have an easy, tested, workable pattern for a long sleeve tee-shirt. I bet I could make it with short sleeves or even add a skirt to make a dress.
Maybe I will later this year.