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Topic: Sleeves That Let You Move - Instructions for changing your sleeve pattern  (Read 3104 times)
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« on: October 30, 2008 09:49:17 AM »

As a dressmaker for flamenco artists I usually make very fitted dresses. Sleeves are also cut very slim and if I used a "normal" sleeve pattern with normal sleeve cap height the dancers simply wouldn't be able to lift and move their arms they way they need to in flamenco.

So how do I change the sleeve to achieve the required freedom of movement?
In short, the angle at which the sleeve is set into the dress needs to be changed:

For instructions on how to change the sleeve pattern check out the full tutorial => http://budurl.com/4sm7

I use this technique not only for flamenco dresses but also for any fitted outfit I make for myself (no, I am unfortunately not a flamenco dancer :-)

« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008 11:28:39 AM »

this is one of those things that absolutely drives me crazy!  i am so glad you posted this!  i am trying it on my next dress!   Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008 01:51:53 PM »

Thanks so much! I have the same problem with dance costumes, this will be a great help Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009 08:42:14 PM »

I've been trying to figure out forever how to give better movement without making the armpit to high and therefore making it bad for hot sweaty days >_<
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009 07:16:02 PM »

Thanks so much!  I hate not being able to lift my arms in fitted shirts.

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009 04:58:29 PM »

Thank you for sharing this!   

My mom sews most of her clothes, but always has that trouble w/ the sleeves.  I can't wait to tell her about it. 

Have a super day!
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009 10:36:19 PM »

Wow, this seems really nifty. I'm not a dancer, but  I really do like to make very fitted tops and have trouble balancing the fitted look I like and the desire to move without popping out all my stitches xp. Does the sleeve look more or less like a typical fitted sleeve when you're done with it?

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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009 01:22:48 AM »

Thank you very much for the kind comment!

Yes, the sleeves do look "normal". To get an idea check out the photo gallery at my website => preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'www.flamencreaciones.com')/photos
In the sections "Dresses", "Separates" and "Tops" there are plenty of examples of sleeves, all sewn using the technique described.

Have a great day!

« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2009 04:41:42 AM »

Thanks for sharing this! Could you explain more how you actually change the pattern piece to get that shape?
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