See that date, ladies? Only five more sleeps until the t-shirt portion of The Sew-Along is due. With that in mind, I pulled out my paper and book, drafted up my pattern and sewed up the muslin last night.
Obviously not hemmed or even neckline finished, but yeah. Tis a muslin. Everyone who had made a bash at this so far has been having some problems, mainly because the instructions say "Take a look at your armpits, and you'll see that they basically are right on the same horizontal line as your bust". Cue much gnashing and wailing that our collective bosoms fall far below our armpits. True story:
The other problem I had (and good thing I checked against an existing t-shirt pre-cutting) was that the original length would have made it a crop top and I am at lease a decade and a half past acceptable for that sort of thing. I did make a couple of changes to the instructions, most notably by dropping that neckline right down because t-shirts with high necks give me apoplexy. Here is an illustration of how my bust line is well below armpit:
See that? I cut the neckline right down to armpit height. If my bosoms did indeed sit at that line they would have been spilling right out and as you can see the t-shirt is still quite modest:
The by-product of drafting the width at armpit as my bust line means that when I lift my arms the armpit gravitates onto my arm (green line above is the actual seam line), whereas my true armhole should be the red line. This actually happens a lot to my store-bought shirts too so I guess it's at least consistent. The shoulder points are correct so I'm not sure how to fix it. Is it a question of rotating the armhole towards the centre and eliminating some of the superfluous width at the armpit?