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Message Board > Fitting Woes > widening sleeves ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 4/10/10 5:32 PM

I cut out a muslin of Simplicity 2560 knit cardigan View C with B sleeves. The sleeves are really narrow in the biceps. This is my first time making anything with this type of sleeve. How would I go about making these sleeves a little wider? I even thought about cutting them on the bias thinking it will give a little more making them more comfortable. What do you think?

I think this is a wadder! I cut out a 12 for my high bust and it is extremely small everywhere. It's tight through the back and arms and looks hideous on me! I tried using a 16 for the back but then the sleeves do not match up when you sew the side seams.

Isn't there a knit cardigan pattern out there somewhere for a petite person?
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Date: 4/10/10 10:55 PM

How is the type of sleeve different than what you've normally used? Do you know how to increase the bicep area on sleeves? In other words, is this new territory for you because of the sleeve or because of the adjustment?
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Date: 4/11/10 7:04 AM

I guess this is a raglan sleeve which I don't think I've ever made anything with this type of sleeve. I know how to enlarge regular sleeves because I normally have to. These are really form fitting and look absolutely terrible on me. I'm thinking from the pattern photo that they are supposed to be tight. Yuk!

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Date: 4/11/10 9:07 AM

I think Em's Summer made this cardi. She is petite also.

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Date: 4/12/10 5:37 AM

I have widened raglan knit sleeves and I used a method from Morris & McCann's fitting book, which worked perfectly 1st time.

Draw two lines on the pattern - down the middle of the sleeve, and horizontally 1.5cm (5/8") below the armhole.

From the edge of the paper snip close to the SA but NOT through it, at all four line ends. Then inside the SAs cut the two lines (there should be a scant 1/8" holding the peice together)

At the bottom of the armholes gently pull the pattern peice apart until the gap in the middle equals the amount you wish to widen the bicep. Fill in the star shaped hole with tissue and cut new sleeves.

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Date: 4/12/10 7:49 AM

Full Bicep Alteration Tutorial on my Blog

It is for a funny two part sleeve, but it is the same general process for a one part sleeve. If you cut a sleeve on the bias, it will "grow" usually. Depends on the original sleeve shape. Don't worry, wadders are the path to increasing your sewing skills!

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Date: 3/28/13 1:09 AM

I'm doing a close fitting long sleeved stripey raglan top at the moment to wear under my beloved slogan tee shirts. All I do to alter the pattern is cut the sleeve piece completely in half from shoulder to wrist and when I lay it out on my fabric, I line the 2 pieces back up with an inch or so gap between the pieces, giving me an extra 2 inches in circumference. Makes the neck a bit bigger but I'm fine with that. I make bias tape out of the scraps for the neckline and wrists... Looks great!!!

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