Chai Tee version 2.
Recently, I bought the new release of the Liesl & Co’s Chai Tee. It’s a knit tee with some style, and I was drawn to the cuffed sleeves, the yoke, and the fact that there are cup sizes included. I have a similar blue and white striped tee I bought at The Gap a few years ago that I’ve worn to death.
I’ve had great experiences with Liesl & Co and Lisette patterns so far, so I didn’t bother making a muslin. I had about four yards of this poly knit bought for a few bucks at a jobber downtown a few years ago, so if it didn’t fit well, it was no big deal. I cut a size XS with the D cup. I knew it would be a little small, but I wanted a top with less ease.
The first version shown below had extremely tight armholes. As in not wearable at all. I had Lily who is a true size XS try it on and she also found them extremely uncomfortable. Disappointing but not unfixable.
Here you can see the small armhole on my form…. I decided to make the pattern armholes two inches bigger. I would also make the sleeve bigger as well. Here is how I did it…..I cut a line through the armhole and opened it up an inch in both the front and the back. I then cut another line down by the bust and closed it an inch to account for the inch I added at the armhole. I considered adding length to the yoke, which would make the job easier, but then that would make my neckline too big.
The enlarged armhole is under the original one.
The enlarged sleeve is underneath.