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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > I'm thinking about starting StyleArc's Shelly ( Moderated by JEF)

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I'm thinking about starting StyleArc's Shelly
my upper arm measures more than the pattern ...
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Date: 7/21/12 3:38 PM

The upper arm measures 12 7/8 inches - my bicep is 14 (at least that's what DH says it is ...) Should I pivot out about 1/2 inch from the top on each side seam of the sleeve? My fabric is pretty stretchy ...

My plan of attack is to sew a muslin IF some stitch samples on the fabric turn out well. I've been working on a knit top for my grandson's mom and it hasn't been pretty.

If the samples don't turn out well, I'm going to keep looking for some knit fabric that's fairly easy to sew.

at least I'm learning to fight one battle at a time ...

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Date: 7/21/12 3:55 PM

Mary, I would do the alteration to widen the upper arm. I'm pretty sure it's covered in the Palmer Pletsch Fit book. (I can never remember the exact title, but it's Fabulous(?) Fit for Real People, or something like that.)

I do that alteration on almost all Style Arc patterns. Here's an example:

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Date: 7/21/12 3:56 PM

Oops - I guess an image would be helpful ...

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Date: 7/21/12 3:57 PM

Thank you - I have that book - I'll check it out.

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Date: 7/21/12 4:34 PM

The advantage of this alteration is that you haven't changed the length of any of the seams. It works very well.

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Date: 7/21/12 4:57 PM

I've been poking around your blog - it's fabulous!!!

Do you mind another Shelly question? I wear a 36E bra and have to do a FBA. I saw your Adele post (and actually asked a question over there too). I love the fit you achieved and also agree that a dart in a stretchy knit isn't a great look (I threw out the Sandra Betzina t - it fit well but I never was happy with it). I'm thinking I may lengthen Shelly through the bust line on both sides .... your thoughts?

I subscribed to your blog and can't wait to have time to finish reading the older posts. Your sewing is amazing!

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Date: 7/21/12 5:32 PM

I was just about to chime in with the full bicep alteration, but shams has beaten me to it!

When I first started doing this alteration, it seemed a little intimidating. Now, however, I believe I could perform them asleep. Jalie and Style Arc patterns, in particular, pose this problem for me.

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Date: 7/21/12 5:40 PM

Thanks, Mary! (Weren't you the person who asked about the Koos bag on another thread recently? I made it up! I went back but couldn't find the thread.)

I did answer your question on the blog. However, this is a crossover top. Adding the length at the bust point could work, though it could also contribute to gaping at the bust where it crosses over. If I were to try this, I'd apply a binding on the inside of the neckline and stretch it at the bust to "pull it in" closer to the body.

I'd suggest you first make the top using a less precious fabric. This could be a great top for you.

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Date: 7/21/12 7:22 PM

I didn't ask about the Koos bag but I did ogle it on your blog!

I think you're right about the bust adjustment - I looked at the pattern spread out and it looks huge!! I'm going to take a few measurements and see ...

I hope to get on this tonight ... we ran out for a beer earlier so we'll see ...

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Date: 7/30/12 9:03 PM

I started the tracing the pattern .... at this rate I may have a new top by Christmas!

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