|Photo borrowed from Lladybird|
I didn't pay much attention to how I cut my sleeves, but I decided to cut them off-grain with the stripes running down my arm instead of around. I thought that would be more flattering, as my arms are largish anyway. And I flipped my chevrons over, because I didn't want to be a total copycat, and I also thought maybe the V's would be slimming to the hip region. Anyway, enough set-up. Here's my top:
|Renfrew the first|
And it's not bad. But the sleeves! By not paying attention to the pattern matching, I inadvertently matched one side but not the other. And it's sort of jarring, isn't it? It's like a check mark or something, instead of having a nice pattern flow.
|The offending sleeve.|
It doesn't help that the red and blue stripes are slightly different widths. And actually, the red and blue meeting on my left shoulder is almost perfectly matched at the top of the stripe, which is nice, but the blue and blue meeting on my right shoulder is slightly skewed. Anyway, it annoyed me. And the thought of ripping all those serged seams didn't sound like my idea of a fun day, so I decided to just cut again. This time, I looked at Lauren's top again and decided that maybe I would try cutting the sleeves on-grain, and run my stripes around my arms like hers did. Her stripes don't match up perfectly, but it's not as distracting as the way mine line up, so I figured that would be the answer.
|Renfrew the second|
|The offending sleeve|
So now, I'm nearly out of fabric. I have enough to recut the sleeve(s), and it looks like no matter what, I will have to rip some serged seams and fix something one way or another. I think the potential options are:
- Recut one sleeve for Renfrew the first. I'm actually leaning toward replacing the right sleeve, so that the red mismatch stripe appears on both sides. Or, I could replace the left one, and form a distinct "M" shape with the blue stripes.
- Open the right sleeve seam on Renfrew the second and try to ease the navy stripe (down on the sleeve, up on the body) to match more closely, forming a more accurate "V" shape. Deal with the appearance of wideness.
- Wear one or both of them as-is, and quit being such a whiner/perfectionist.
- Throw them both in the bin/chop them up for kid's clothes/donate them to Goodwill.
- Recut two new sleeves from the navy ribbing that I used for the back and bindings. There will be no more matching drama, but more ripping and resewing is required.
What would you do? Help me, please!! These will just languish forever unless I get some guidance from someone wiser.