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Looking for help drafting an armhole band
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Date: 7/15/12 2:10 PM

I'm very new to sewing with patterns; I'm making my second dress. I'm working with this pattern and after attaching one of the sleeves, I really don't like it. So, I'd like to make it sleeveless. Since I've already put the rest of the dress together, I can't just cut the front & back bodice pieces bigger, so I'd like to make a band of the contrasting fabric to go around the armhole. I think if I make it the same width of the front band, it should be enough, but my question is, is it totally absurd to just cut a straight band and attach it, or should I cut it on a curve so it will lay better? I'm thinking this could be beyond my skill level, but maybe not, so I thought I would put it out there.
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Date: 7/16/12 4:00 AM

Unfortunately a simple straight band won't work. You could use a bias band ironed to curve sufficiently so the it doesn't ripple. The safest way would be a facing cut from the pattern.
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In reply to lolarific

Date: 7/16/12 10:21 PM

Depending on your fabric, why not just sew some bias tape on there and be done with it? Otherwise, yes, facings.
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Date: 7/20/12 6:58 PM

If it was me, I'd go with a bias tape edging - you could even make your own with leftover fabric! The Continuous Loop method is really easy.

However, Gertie has something that you may want to try - Kimono-like sleeve band

I tried it with a Sorbetto muslin, and didn't like it, but I think my cotton-pillowcase fabric had too much body. Something with a softer drape would be fine.
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