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« on: July 12, 2008 11:06:56 AM »

Our school starts in Mid-August when its blistering hot, but our dress code is very strict.  Shoulders may not be shown and tank tops must be 3 fingers wide.  I thought Id make up some tank tops with buttlefly sleeves like Ive seen posted here.  However, Im not sure how to go about it.  Ive just returned to sewing after 20 years, so Im really re-learning ( 7th grade home-ec really didnt teach me much).  Can anyone direct me to some great tutorials or help me out with simple instructions.

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008 07:15:49 PM »

You'll need two measurements- from the front to the back along the outside edge of the strap and how wide you want the strap to be, plus width to finish off both sides of the sleeve. Then when you cut it out cut the outside edge kind of like a half moon shape with the side that will attach to the strap staight. I would then finish the straight edge somehow, i.e. serge it or do a really thin hem. Finish the outside of the sleeve how you want, with a regular hem or with some kind of ribbon or trim. Then gather up the long, straight length of the sleeve with a long running stitch to fit the length of the strap. Either hand tack or sew in place and your done. It sounds harder than it is. Just think of a really tall, stretched out D.
Another way I know some people have made tank tops school friendly is to take wide ribbon (three fingers wide) and sew it to the underside of the strap, making it look layered. Good luck!         
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008 10:47:33 AM »

I just use a cap sleeve pattern from some of my other outfits be careful with a satin stitch on knit because it can stretch the fabric out!
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008 05:08:57 PM »

Thank you so much.  I just couldnt wrap my mind around it!
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