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« on: April 12, 2013 07:48:42 AM »

I have lots of beaded and fancy tank tops, but I am unable to wear these right now.  
I would love to add short or 3/4 sleeves to the tops.  
I am open to various sleeve patterns and long as they are shorter sleeves.
Not sure how to go about this.  
Do I crochet the sleeves and then sew them to the top?
I don't know how to compensate for the curved armholes.
I have also considered cutting the shoulder seam and removing part of the "strap".
Maybe a handkerchief sleeve would be easier.  
I have some experience with both knitting and crochet, but just the basics.

Rina's yoke might solve the problem on a few shirts.

« Last Edit: April 12, 2013 08:17:34 AM by money2burn » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013 07:52:10 AM »

Sleeves are usually made separately and then sewed on. You'll have to do a lot of increasing and decreasing to get the sizing the way you want it, and it's probably a lot of trial and error. As for the curved arm holes, one idea that springs to mind is you could make the sleeves by working in rounds, and once you get a sleeve done you could go back and work in rows on the armhole opening end, reducing the number of stitches each row to get a curved flap sort of thing.
To make some simple sleeves, just start with a ring the size of the armhole and gradually decrease until you get to wherever you want to stop. You may have to think ahead a few rounds because you have to do the decreasing properly or it won't be a smooth taper. One idea is to find out how many stitches you need for both ends, and then figure out how many decreases you need in how many rows. That way you don't have to guess as you go.
This is a fun kind of project because you can learn a lot and get a really custom fit. Good luck, and don't get frustrated!
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