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Date: 2/7/12 1:13 PM

I've just completed a wonderful blouse, but the (long)sleeves have those awful droopy, drag, folds down the front, when my arms are at my sides. When I raise my arms about a foot to each side of my body, the droopies disappear. This tells me that the cap is flat and needs more height....right? I did a lot of altering on the sleeve pattern(enlarged the upper bicep, lowered the cap to take out some fullness). I think I probably screwed up by doing too much altering and it took out too much of the height.

I recut the sleeves the original sleeves(didn't want to toss them out if I could save the fabric) and tried to add a bit more at the top of the cap. Still got the droopy, drag lines. I've decided to go back to the original sleeve pattern piece(before all my altering)and just add a bit more to the under arm area. That might help the initial tightness I was trying to fix with the "large upper arm" adjustment.

OK, now the question: Is there any way to rescue these sleeves now that they are cut and in the garment? I've moved the top of the shoulder to the back...to the front...and nothing gets rid of the droopy, drag lines. I'll try and post a picture, as soon as I get the buttons on.

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Date: 2/7/12 8:15 PM

Use less seam allowance on the cap.

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Date: 2/8/12 9:40 AM

Sewsally, thank you. I never tought of making a smaller seam...It was one of those duh moments I just finished working with it and there is a little improvement. I'm almost afraid to start looking at all the sleeves I've been doing. I've always been so concerned about getting the bodice front to work, sleeves were always on the back burner. I also tend to work with material that has prints or designs. That hides a lot of "flaws". This one is a solid color...That might be why these droopy lines are screaming at me

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