Totally! Gusset-walk-through coming up.
I took some pics when I was doing it. I'll try to post them tonight.
But in the mean-time, I'll do my best to go through the basics (forgive me if this is too basic... and I'm trying to be ridiculously descriptive, as I don't have any pics/drawings at the moment...)
The gusset is a strip of fabric that will essentially make the sleeve way bigger (like for a really fat man-arm) so that you have more fabric to gather. So that it poofs up dramatically when you squeeze it down to fit the cuff.
What you do is before you gather the sleeve, you have to open the seam in the sleeve. I just cut mine, but I suppose you could take the time to rip out the seam that's already there. That would give you more fabric to work with if you're really needin' it.
Then you sew each of those edges to a long strip of fabric, and close the sleeve back up to make a much wider sleeve. My strip was about 2-inches wide, and was from the trimmings that I took off the sides of the shirt when I sized it down.
The width of the strip doesn't have to be perfect, (thank god, I am discovering that I am retarded at cutting in a straight line) since it will be on the underside of your arm. Although with stripes, I suppose you'd have to make sure they were all going in the same direction. (Or not. Might be sassy. Maybe you could make a new sleeve out of strips going in weird directions. Hmmmm.....)
You could also probably play around with making it thinner near the arm-pit, and wider near the end of your sleeve, so that you really get a poof. Or maybe vice-versa, and it might be poofier on the top of the shoulder. It seems I need to experiment more. I only used a gusset on the dark brown one, since the red one was massive and didn't need any help being massive.
Did that help? I'll do my best to explain it better if that didn't work. (and if someone with any actual sewing experience is reading this - can we just verify that gusset is even the right word for this? I really think it is, but I'm nowhere near sure....
And Jessiesmess! You really make me laugh!
It does NOT button up all the way, and the sleeves are too tight. But I am figuring out ways of hiding it (and wearing it to work today, with the tank-top trick). I keep forgetting the stupid seam allowance. Burn into brain: *SEAM ALLOWANCE IS KEY TO GETTING IT TO FIT*.
And, you are sweet and lovely and make me blush.
I don't even think I had brushed my hair yet that day. (can you see my 1/100th done re-upholstery project in the bottom right corner? How can there be that many frigging staples to take out? It's been sitting there for a week waiting for my hands to recover. And that's chair one of four!
)Update 6.5.06 to add pics:
OK, so just to give a visual - the shirt I started with wasn't huge. (the sleeves went half-way up my boyfriend's arms when he tried it on, so it actually made it to the cutting board.)
Then, after I sliced the arms off and trimmed the sides, I opened up the sleeves...
Then I tried my best to even out the side strips so I could sew them into the sleeve. They never got to be exactly straight or even, per se. But I suppose that make it unique, right?
(like my US flag towel? I'm using it as an ironing board.)
But I did my best to place the wider part nearer to the shoulder. I was going for the top poof.
Shelliebean - you're got to post pics when you're done!