I cut a wedge at each underarm last night and sewed them back up.
It isn't perfect but oh, man, what an improvement! The sleeves "feel" better and there's a lot less bulk. I may have cut just a wee bit more than ideal, but this is all totally off the cuff and, given that, I'm thrilled.
I wore t-shirts a lot back in the day (these days, not so much), and ALWAYS with a cuffed sleeve.
Those original gigantic sleeves were a challenge, but the new version works great!
I also felled/embellished the seam. I chose Laced Double Straight Stitch in two colors from Natalie Chanin's The Geometry of Hand-Sewing -- it reminded me of "sound waves," and that was just about perfect for this project. If I were to do this again, I'd consider switching the colors (LEARNING THINGS)!
And now I want to add SIDE POCKETS! It's practically screaming for them, don't you think?
The BEST kind of obsession!
I love it, Vicki!
(And YES to side pockets.)
Posted by: Kym | 31 July 2018 at 12:36 PM
I would absolutely add pockets! The dress really looks fantastic!
Posted by: Carole | 31 July 2018 at 12:51 PM
Such fun! And even more fun with side pockets - go for it!!
Posted by: Vera | 31 July 2018 at 02:00 PM
The only piece of clothing not improved by side pockets is a bathing suit. And if this were the 1920s, even in a bathing suit. I love your surgery for tidying up those sleeves. Did you take any other pictures of the process, I'm intrigued and tempted.
Posted by: Robby H. | 31 July 2018 at 05:08 PM
This project just screams FUN! ...to plan, to sew and to wear. and oh yeah, it most definitely needs pockets!
Posted by: Mary | 31 July 2018 at 05:16 PM
Sleeves look much improved and I like what you did around the seam. Makes it look like it was there from the beginning.
Posted by: Marcy | 31 July 2018 at 08:10 PM
looking good - side pockets like patch pockets or in the side seams? its such a fun look
Posted by: sharon | 01 August 2018 at 06:15 AM
LOVE! OMG, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I am off to see if I have a t-shirt I can hack like this! YOU INSPIRE ME! XOXO
Posted by: Kat | 01 August 2018 at 06:59 AM
Thank goodness you didn't commit the sacrilege of machine sewing this cool dress; it looks wonderful!! And of course, Im casting another yes vote for pockets!
Posted by: Bonny | 01 August 2018 at 12:46 PM
You'll love side pockets! (Don't we all?!) This is a wonderful idea for all the memories/reasons we buy T-shirts in the fist place! Well done all around!
Posted by: margene | 01 August 2018 at 05:35 PM
Your dress is perfect.
Posted by: Deb | 01 August 2018 at 07:57 PM
Love the stitching. I was just gonna ask about pockets when I got to that part of the blog! Love the dress/tee
Posted by: Robin F | 18 August 2018 at 08:28 PM