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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sleeve help! on: January 03, 2010 10:40:52 AM
I made a block pattern for myself, but I'm getting into real difficulties drawing up a sleeve block to fit the armholes I've drafted.

(I'm not sure if this is the right place for this; sorry if it's not!)

The block itself fits *perfectly*, and I've made countless good sleeveless dresses from it (adapting the armscye accordingly).  But whenever I try to draft a sleeve block (and then try the pieces out in muslin), there is *always* an excess of fabric in the sleeve head, so it is too big and doesn't fit right into the armscye.  I've had the same result from using drafting directions from different authors - Winifred Aldrich, these two...

http://photos.ladybrooke.com/sca/gowns/bluegown/sleeves.htm
http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_sleeve.html

...and others I can't recall.  Always the same, no matter whether I add ease or not!  I'm at the end of my tether with this, and I can't carry on wearing sleeveless dresses for the rest of my dressmaking days.  Any suggestions? Sad
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems with drafting a sleeve block/pattern on: October 05, 2008 11:44:23 PM
Thanks for your replies! Cheesy

i.am.flowerchild, maybe you are right...when I fit the sleeve cap, and insert it into the armscye, I end up having to gather up the excess (about 4cm) to make the cap fit into the hole when I pin it in, if you know what I mean.  That means there's a couple of tucks in the finished sleeve cap, a tiny bit like a puffed sleeve.  Is that correct, that's what's supposed to happen?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Problems with drafting a sleeve block/pattern on: October 05, 2008 11:13:27 AM
I'm having issues drafting the one-piece sleeve block from Winifred Aldridge's Metric Pattern Cutting (4th Ed.).

I've tried drafting it *three* times this evening alone, but I can't get the sleeve cap to fit the armscye of the bodice - it always ends up too big, even though my measurements and curves are accurate :/

Any ideas?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing hems of knit fabric/stretch garments? on: August 23, 2006 05:33:11 AM
That's great, I get it now! Cheesy  Thanks ^_^
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Finishing hems of knit fabric/stretch garments? on: August 23, 2006 03:26:27 AM
I searched for this in the archives, but I didn't find anything useful, so here goes...^^;

I'd like to know how to finish the neckholes/armholes/hems of clothes made with knit fabric.  I have a serger, but it doesn't have a coverstitch function Sad  I've also seen some people finish hems of knit items with this kind of scalloped lingerie elastic...

http://www.laceheaven.com/e13elvsobl.html

...but I'm not sure exactly how to sew it onto the hem :/

Any ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: SmockTop Sundress on: July 25, 2006 05:16:45 AM
That is really great.  Beautiful colour, and it looks great on!  It's much nicer than anything you could get in Old Navy, definitely Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Oasis and Fleur tops... on: July 25, 2006 02:53:15 AM
Your tops and dresses always amaze me (I see them on livejournal sometimes) Cheesy  I love how you can make those ordinary shirts into something so flattering and pretty <3
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: cute peachy jumper dress on: July 25, 2006 02:51:25 AM
That's *amazing*! Cheesy  I love the fabric, it's so pretty! Smiley

I've bookmarked this...I'm definitely going to make one of these for myself ^.^
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My two FAVORITE new shirts! on: July 25, 2006 02:50:06 AM
Those are great! Cheesy

And I have the same problem with seams...I wish commercial patterns didn't have such huge seam allowances :/
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirts for me & my daughter on: July 25, 2006 02:48:41 AM
They're all totally cute...I like the first blue one the best, it's so summery <3
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