Anyway, you would think that the darts would add enough through the rest of the top to compensate for other fitting issues that may cause the top to fit too tight around the body. But when I examined the measurements, I found that it would still be necessary to do a FBA. I did not to add bust dart given that the top already had six darts for a design element. Again, I was feeling a little lazy about making more adjustments. So I made the first one with the bust darts to see how it would look.
The pattern comes in sizes 4 to 26. It can be used to beef up your wardrobe with staple t-shirts. And it's not limited to the sleeves that come with it. You can pair other sleeves with it as well.
One of the things that I like about Vogue simple t-shirt type patterns is that they come with a neckband. And I've found the fit around the neck is not as wide as some of the other commercial patterns. For this one I did found the the length of the shoulder seam is too long. I think I shaved off about 3/4 inch for a better fit.
Below is my FBA on the pattern along with the back adjustments. I didn't make the adjustment to the shoulder length until after I tried on the top minus the sleeves. To secure the neck darts, I pull the end threads to the wrong side of the top and tied a knot. Also, I created a center back seam by just adding seam allowance to the center back.
As you can see the bust dart doesn't look bad. They provide the needed shaping in the bust area for a good fit.
|The sleeves look a little wacky, but they are fine.|
This is a super easy top to sew, outside of making sure the neck darts are the same length on left and right sides of the top. I glanced at the instructions, not spending time to read them. I will probably make several more of this t-shirt. It's great under jackets and cardigans or by its self with your favorite pair of jeans.
It's easy and sews up really fast. I recommend it to beginners to advanced sewists.