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Topic: Sleeves on a poofy blouse?  (Read 1011 times)
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nani-ka
« on: May 24, 2009 08:24:45 PM »

I discovered this tutorial here, & have tried it & love it. 

http://www.thingsofcloth.com/documents/Adult-size_Peasant_Blouse_Tutorial.pdf

After assembling my first draft, I was wondering. This tutorial has you attaching sleeves like this:



But I tend to look better with a square neckline like this:



I have a french curve ruler like the tutorial.  I'm wondering, how would I draft the armhole with the sleeve fabric rotated to a 90 degree angle like the 2nd picture? 

I'd be running a drawstring through the entire opening once i've gotten the parts assembled...

Thanks!
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swimfinsmom
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009 09:40:20 PM »

I always do my sleeves like the second picture, and I make peasant blouses all the time for my little girl.  Just cut a corner off each shirt piece, and line up your sleeve piece to make sure it's the same length.  I actually just cut the corner angle off the sleeves and tunic or bodice piece at the same time - that way I know they will match up.  My favorite way to gather (instead of running a channel and doing a drawstring or elastic type thing) is to do shirring.  If you've never done it, you just get elastic thread, and hand wind it onto your bobbin.  Then you set your stitch length for the longest stitch and highest tension, and it will gather it for you.  Keep adding rows (meaning stitching another row about a centimeter away from the last one) until you like how it looks and fits.  Once you get used to shirring, it seems like the lazy way out.  Wink  I just made dd some summer shirts by sewing two cloth placemats (from the dollar store) and shirring the top edge -- added some shirred strips for sleeves, and done!
Hope this helps,
Catherine
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