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anabanana93312
« on: November 25, 2007 07:43:15 PM »

How do you keep the sleeves
from bunching up under the
armpits? I have the hardest time with this part.
Any suggestions would be wonderful!

Thanks  Grin
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stripey_cat
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007 07:17:13 AM »

What pattern are you using?  In fact, what sort of sleeve (raglan, set in, or dropped would be fairly common for sweaters, depending on the style)?  Is it bunching up into the armpit itself, or around the armpit on one side or both?  Is it worse on the body or the sleeve?  How you fix the problem will depend on the above.

K.
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anabanana93312
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 05:35:19 PM »

I am using my own pattern taking from a long sleeve shirt.  I made it a little bigger than i wanted for seem allowance. The sleeve is a set in sleeve and it bunches into the armpit when someone puts it on. It feels like wearing six layers of t-shirts right there. and it is worse on the body then on the sleeve itself.

help?  Grin
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stripey_cat
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 05:21:53 AM »

It could be that the arm-hole is cut too high at the side (and the top part of the sleeve too short), so that it's trying to ride up into the hollow of the armpit rather than sitting just below it - how loose is the sleeve on the original shirt (bear in mind that you're using heavier cloth and fitting to go on over another shirt here)?  If that's the problem, cut both the side of the bodice and the sides of the sleeve down a bit (so you have a longer seam around the arm, and shorter ones up the middle of the sleeve and up the side of the bodice.  Don't do this in your good cloth, just in case it's not that!  Find an old sheet in a charity shop or some other junk fabric to try it out on first.

K.
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anabanana93312
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 10:22:12 PM »

Ok! I did it and it worked! You were a big help and I really appreciate it!
thank you
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007 07:46:17 AM »

Glad to help!  I did that the first time I tried to draft a man's pattern - I had a really panicked first fitting when I put it on the actor and he couldn't move his arms!  Luckily it is a really simple modification, and doesn't require you to add cloth back that you've already cut away!

Pictures once you're done?

K.
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