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JennaF
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Date: 11/18/11 10:34 AM

I am having a ridiculous time finding long sleeved dress patterns for little girls. They are almost all sleeveless with little boleros.

To add set-in sleeves, could I just trace the armsyce and add a seam allowance? I know that probably wouldn't fly for adult clothing, but I was thinking it might for a toddler.

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Date: 11/18/11 9:12 PM

I hope no one minds if I give this a gentle nudge ;)

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Date: 11/18/11 9:16 PM

You can trace the armscye from a pattern with sleeves onto the pattern and use the sleeves too.

Try Ottobre Design for patterns with sleeves, particularly the fall and winter issues.

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Date: 11/21/11 12:02 PM

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You can trace the armscye from a pattern with sleeves onto the pattern and use the sleeves too.



Try Ottobre Design for patterns with sleeves, particularly the fall and winter issues.

That's kind of the crux of the problem.I don't have any dress patterns with sleeves & though I do plan on getting an Ottobre or 2 sometime soon...I don't have one now. So I'm trying to work with what I've got

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Date: 11/27/11 8:41 PM

Sleeveless pieces typically have a higher armpoint than torso patterns with sleeves, so you'll have to drop the armhole a bit. How much depends on various factors. If you're computer savvy, check out Child's Play by wildginger.com. You can download the demo version for free and compare how a sleeveless vs. a sleeve version draft. That gives you an idea if nothing else.

Kwik Sew patterns are also great for children, although their classic patterns (found in the Sewing for Toddlers, Children books) all feature a dropped shoulder, which is not the look right now. However, for little girls it shouldn't make a difference.

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Date: 11/27/11 10:23 PM

Jenna, here are 2 dresses I made for DD, both have long sleeve options and DD really likes both. Maybe those sleeves could then transfer to your other patterns?
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