First to remove the collar. My trusty stitch picker. Me and this thing have come along way together. It was easy to just run it down the seam line on each side of the collar.
And there it is removed. Notice I pinned the sleeve were I want to chop it off.
I decided to not go with a normal short sleeve since it will chop off the design. At this quarter length, with my arms down, the arms are part of the "picture" of the blouse. Too short and I lose that.
Here it is minus the collar and sleeves. I suck at photos.
Next to get rid on the extra length in the waist. For a short person like me, all that length just makes me look short and squat..
The whole fit was a little loose so I proceeded to run a new stitch line around each arm seam, bringing in the shoulders and the underarm to be a little more fitted. Smack me for not taking a photo of that.
Since I didn't want to take it in using darts, I ran a line up each side, slowly tapering in toward the bottom. I couldn't come it too far at the bust part because I didn't want to have to undo and reconnect the arm pit. Since I wasn't taking it in very far I was able to extend the side seam right up to the armpit and down the underside of the sleeve. Too far in under the arm and it would have made it hard to lift my arms without undoing the sleeves and reattaching them. Call me lucky! I could have cut away the excess fabric, but I didn't feel like this was too much to just leave and it is already nicely finished. Taking it in any further would have made it bulky though.
It has a nicer fit with the new seam lines.
I played around with the neckline, tucking it under at various degrees until I was satisfied with this.
So I cut the excess away, leaving enough to turn under for the cover stitch.
I want it to V right above the button, so I left that seam allowance large knowing that it has to be turned under for the cover stitch and I need room to get past that button without removing it. Hey, I try to be efficient.
And here is the final product. Much better I think!
In case you are wondering about my workout clothes in every photo, I work out at night, and typically sew for a while as I cool down and wind down before I can sleep. I don't sleep very much.....I'll do that when I'm dead. :)
Now ask me later how long I wore these shoes at work? Lets just say, I packed the trusty flat sandels in my purse just in case. :)