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« on: February 13, 2008 10:47:43 AM »

I have this blazer with puffy sleeves. I love puffy sleeves, but not on this.  Is there a way to make them, uh, non-puffy??  Shocked

« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008 02:07:29 PM »

Puffy sleeves have a lot of fabric around the shoulder, I would unsew the sleeve seam and draw a new sleeve which matches the armhole...I don't know if my English make sense  Cry
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 12:43:20 PM »

like make a whole new sleeve?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 03:50:45 PM »

Yes, making a new sleeve using the old one...you need to mesure around the arm hole and then add 3/4 inch...this will be the sleeve mesurement in the shoulder area. Drawing a new sleeve can be a little complicate but you can try to find some book at the library or check http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-04.html

or try to adapt some sleeves from burdastyle.com

Hope it helps!

« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 05:13:11 PM »

I didn't make this jacket, I bought it, so I can't make a whole new sleeve
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 09:07:03 PM »

You don't need to make a whole new sleeve. Sewluv is saying that puffy sleeves have extra fabric.
So, using the old sleeve you bring in the under arm seam to flatten out the fabric... does that make sense?  Basically you just let out the gathering done to make the sleeve puffy and then you re-sew the seam that sews up the sleeve to make it match the armhole opening on the jacket. 

If you were to look at 2 sleeve pattern pieces, the puffy sleeve piece would be a really wide version of the plain set in sleeve.  Maybe it would help if you had another sleeve cap to match to or a pattern piece for a sleeve.  Then you could lay it over the sleeve you have and copy the shape. 

The good news is you definitely don't need to remake the whole sleeve! 

I hope this all makes sense... I've had 2 glasses of wine, so I'll see if you're still asking questions when I come back to earth tomorrow  Tongue

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