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How can I make room for large elbows in a long sleeve shirt?
maeve100

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Date: 12/26/11 8:25 PM

Hi there,

I'm wondering what the appropriate way to do this is - I am sewing a dress shirt for someone who has never been able to get something off the rack and have it fit. He has extremely long arms, and when he bends them the distance his elbow creates pulls extremely tight on the shirt, and eventually he just wears a hole through them. What’s the correct way to deal with this fitting issue? I could make the arms giant to accommodate, but then he just looks like he is wearing clown shirts.

Thank you for your help!
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Date: 12/26/11 10:07 PM

I once put an elbow dart in a blouse with tight sleeves to make it easier to bend my arm (like in a jacket).
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Date: 12/27/11 0:37 AM

Are the sleeves just too short for his arms? This would cause the cuffs to be too high up above the wrist (& too tight) and the place the elbow was supposed to be would be up above his elbow. I suppose you could lengthen the pattern piece above and below the elbow. And if it was also not big enough around you could make it a bit wider.

(I also have the problem of sleeves usually being a bit too short.)
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Date: 12/27/11 2:03 AM

If widening the classic shirt sleeve a bit doesn't work, I'd go for a shaped two piece sleeve or a couple of elbow darts.

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Date: 12/27/11 10:57 AM

I have made the sleeves longer so thats not the issue. It must be that I need a shapped sleeve or sleeve darts - but I don't have a patterm that uses either for me to be able to reference. Do you know of any patterns like this from the main four pattern companies so I can try tracing it?

Thank you again :-)
Liz
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Date: 12/27/11 12:03 PM

This PDF from University of Ky has a visual of a sleeve with some elbow darting. It should be easy to adjust the pattern you've been using. Sorry, I'm at work and can't link.

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/fcs2/fcs2807/fcs2807.pdf

There's this pattern making site that shows sleeves.
http://www.pattern-making.com/draft-onepiece-dress-sleeve/

And this from Leenas.
http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_sleeve.html

I hope something here helps you. I've made a slim fit shirt with an elbow dart. I think that is the adjustment you want. Clown sleeves aren't really in this year.

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