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Date: 5/3/12 11:25 PM

Ok, I'm fairly new to sewing, but have been able to figure out most things thus far. I am working on Simplicity pattern 1817 (the Suedesays collection). I'm doing C, the shirt with the self knot sleeves. I'm stuck on Step 18. I can not for the life of me figure out how this sleeve is supposed to go. I've done sleeves, several in fact, but this one just isn't making any sense to me. For starters, peice 9 and 10 (sleeve front and back), are different sizes, so when the shoulders are to be sewn together, there is excess material all over?? Then it says to stitch underarm seam. Well, fancy that, I have no idea where this underarm seam is. I've pinned the sleeve to the shirt, and where I *think* the underarm is, I can't figure out how to sew in, without sewing it shut. LOL. Clearly, I'm missing something here, and it's likely something uber simple. Oh, and in the picture it looks like there is a gap/slit between the ties, but .. not on my sleeve. Sigh.. HELP!
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Date: 5/4/12 2:38 AM

Disclaimer: I haven't made this pattern but I'm going to make a guess, based on the picture below:
1. Red line: the front and back pieces should be 2 separate pieces, NOT sewn together at the shoulders, and gathered and sewn to the 'strap' separately. They are probably also cut out and then folded over (like folding a page in half) before gathering. So once you sew them to the strap you have 2 separate pieces that don't need a hem because the right side of the fabric is on the outside and the inside of the sleeve. Still with me?
2. The yellow line is where the front sleeve is separate from the back sleeve. The front and back are either completely separate, or they may be joined a little way (less than an inch) at the shoulder
3. The green circle is the underarm seam; this would also be a very short seam, probably an inch or less, joining the front and back sleeves and continuing to the front and back side (of the main garment) seams.

Hope I'm close!

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Date: 5/4/12 7:05 AM

Well. keeping the pieces separate would make much more sense! I will give that a shot. With them sewn together @ the shoulders, which is the first step, I just can't get them to fit. And your comment about the underarm portion only being about an inch long, makes PERFECT sense, I know have an idea which piece that is!! Thanks, I will give it a try today!

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Date: 5/4/12 4:49 PM

Hi NMK:

Many thanks for trying out some of the SUEDEsays™ patterns.. Really appreciate your support....

Best bet with questions is to ask Simplicity.

E-Mail: Info@Simplicity.com or there is also a 888 number on the back. They usually get back to you within 24 hours (unless its a weekend).

I'm on the road right now so don't have the pattern in front of me to give you instruction but you can always e-mail us at SUEDEsays™ at: uROCKit@SUEDEsays.com

Be sure to keep up with all things Suede @ www.SUEDEsays.com

Much love and thanks for the support...
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Suede

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Date: 5/4/12 5:28 PM

Thanks for the responses. I didn't know you could email the company directly for help with the patterns. I will keep that in mind for future reference.

Pinkytoo... thank you soooo much for the help!! Although there was supposed to be one piece for the sleeve, your instructions, and the markings on the diagram did help me to look at it from another perspective!! I was able to figure it out! My thinking was off. I was thinking the shoulder was a completely different area that what it was, as soon as you said the underarm area would be about an inch or two, I know immediately where that was, and worked backwards from that!! Thanks again!! The shirt is SUPER cute!

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