trekmiss wrote:What is your opinion of the neck and sleeves of the Anvil MXL vs. the AA MXL? Is the neck too big? Are the sleeves too long and floppy? Did your shirt Anvil lose any length at all when washed?
I'm especially interested in the opinion of another female who appears to be around the same size as I am now.
Hi. The neck and sleeves are a bit looser, but that doesn't bother me. After I get home from work, I will take some pics of me wearing both AA and Anvil MXL and upload them for you. I have a break free I just got, so I will use that, wash it and take another pic, and even dig out a tape measure (or measuring tape or whatever measuring device I can find) to check if the length got shorter. I have never noticed it yet, but I'll try to be scientific about it, lol! It may be because I dry everything on low heat. I know the dryer is what makes clothes shrink, and I've read that it's technically over-drying is the culprit, but for years I've dried everything on low heat and haven't had any problems.
I agree with another poster that the material does seem to be a bit thinner, but I'm not unimpressed with them, and I've yet to have one not hold up in the wash. The older Anvil I have does have a slightly different feel than these Anvils, but it's also made in Honduras (I believe).
I like that you are willing to try out an Anvil, and I respect the desire not to spend too much to find out they don't work for you. I wouldn't normally experiment around, but because I have some minimal sewing skills, I realize I could always turn them into something else if I really hate the fit. I've made pillows out of shirts in the past, I'm going to try and frame a size small shirt I recently bought that I know will never fit, so I don't mind getting crafty, lol!
Edit: OK. Here's my test results. The sleeves and the neck are looser, however after washing, the sleeve gets a bit smaller. They do shrink being washed (I'm surprised I never noticed it before! I'm thinking because they are still long enough for me). Before washing it was 30 and 1/2" long and 23 and 3/4" wide, after washing it was 27 and 1/2" long and 22" wide. When I tried it back on for the photo though, it didn't seem any shorter (weird I know). I have pictures of all the measurements I took, plus of me wearing the shirt both before and after the washing and an AA shirt that has been washed and worn a few times already. Link to my album on photobucket here. I hope this helps