I have a very lightweight denim pullover top that I hardly ever wear because it has sleeves that puff at the top. This is not a good look for me, and it's been really annoying because otherwise the top is fine. Well, I'm also not 100% sold on the neckline, but I'll fuss over that when I get rid of the puffs.
Here's a shot from the top showing the puff. The sleeve looks even puffier on. This is an 80's look that is not going to come back during my lifetime, trust me. If it does come back, I'll have to go someplace quiet and lie down.
|OK, to work. First I picked open the seam|
with my trusty seam ripper/picker,
and smoothed out all the little gathers
Now I have to get rid of all the extra fabric at the top of the sleeve. Note that there were no shoulder pads in this top, so the shoulder seam is in the right place. If the shoulders were exaggerated, this would be the time when I'd have to trim off some fabric from the body of the blouse, taking care that the two pieces would align when the trimming was done, and frankly, that is not a project I would take on.
Here's another view of the opened shoulder seam, sleeve ready for trimming. First, though, I have to sew along the line that I've drawn - the sewing will take place with the whole thing inside out, of course. This shows you that my new little seam will line up with the shoulder seam on the blouse body.
Now about that neckline: it's fine except for those dangly strings that look like an underfed bolo tie.
One side will lose its tie altogether, and I'll add a button. The other string will get a haircut, so that there's only an inch or so left, and the end of that will be stitched to the underside of the string attachment to form a loop. C'mon, you didn't think I was going to make a buttonhole, did you?
Oh, by the way, Sunday wasn't all work. Not hardly.