I’ve worn my finished Tank Top with Silhouette Flutter Sleeve for a full day. I liked the shoulder coverage and, as I wrote previously, there is a certain joie de vivre about the flutter sleeve; but my glances when passing mirrors and windows were unsettling i.e. not seeing the look I wanted.
Upon exiting the laundry process, I decided a change was in order. The zig-zag stitches used to attach the flutter sleeve were ease to remove.
Before......and .....After Don't I look slimmer in the after?
I did not open the side seams but simply trimmed the sleeve closely on the public side. The underarm is acceptable for summer, but just a bit lower than I like. Unfortunately, there’s no disguising my lower right shoulder since there’s no place for a shoulder pad
Before ................After If anything, the lower shoulder is more obvious without the sleeve
Otherwise I think the back view is much better without the flutter sleeve. The SAS did release its death grip and I was able to separate all the hem’s layers and curls. I added 1″ knit interfacing along the hem’s raw edge. I like to interface a hem. I think interfacing adds body and definition but I’ve noticed that I stretch knit hems. For that reason and the fact the hem is stretchier without interfacing, I’ve eliminated hem interfacing in ITY knits. I wanted control of the edge curl, so I fused the interfacing and (did you guess this?) I stretched the hem:
Some people may not notice but I see that the hem ripples especially in front. I’ve lived with this before and will just ignore it this time too. At the very least, I have confirmed that my interfacing application contributes to the fluting of knit garments. I hasten to add, this is probably the result of my application procedure NOT a fault of the interfacing or the fabric. After all, no one else on the Internet seems to be complaining; it must be my problem.
Especially considering I disliked this version so much that I removed the flutter sleeve, will I use the Flutter Sleeve again? Yes, conditionally. I’m not sure I followed Peggy’s instructions exactly or even close enough. Also, I think that I may have encountered a proportion issue. The 9″ width Peggy suggests, fell at unflattering point on my arm for my body. I don’t know what happened with the length I chose. Instead of terminating at the waist (as measured), my flutter sleeves finished 4″ lower along the side seam. I mean, I probably did something wrong from the get-go that created a less-than-flattering garment. Also, while watching Connie Crawford’s videos, I was struck by how she (Connie)adjusted the sleeve length for each of her models. She pointed out, corrected and made it visibly unmistakable that there is a ‘best’ sleeve length for each person and each sleeve length (short, elbow, or full length). It’s possible the Flutter Sleeve would be more attractive had I either followed exactly Peggy’s instructions or achieved correct width and length in proportion to my body. However, I don’t plan on working with these possibilities in the near future. I’m attending two weddings and have a vacation to enjoy in the near future. Plus, I’m excited to have basic blocks that fit with and without sleeves for knits as well as woven fabrics. I have 4 pants patterns that fit wonderfully. I’m eager to work on style variations and embellishments on all of these. Also, I really want to fit both the kimono and raglan sleeve styles. I love those styles and look forward to including them once again in my wardrobe. I have some exciting-to-me sewing I’m looking forward to. Flutter sleeves are kind of low on the priority list.