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Is there any hope for my sleeves after taking in the bodice so much?
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Date: 10/11/12 1:42 AM

This is so frustrating... first I started with a pattern size larger than I needed. I cut a 16 because of my measurements but I think a 12 would have been plenty large. And then because my knit is quite stretchy its just making the problem worse. What should have been a nice dress is a stretched out mess. :(

I took out an inch or so from either side seam of the bodice, which has made the arm holes quite a bit smaller. I can try to eyeball the sleeves to re-cut them smaller than the 14 (that is the smallest size on my pattern). I'm worried that the shape of the arm hole is just all wrong now. Thoughts?

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Date: 10/11/12 4:38 AM

Was it a multi size pattern? If so, could you trace off the armhole shape and sleeve head shape from the smaller size? If not, its a bit trickier. You would need to pin mark the garment armscye line when its on you. Eyeball a couple of balance marks - round about where the concave curve of the underarm becomes the slightly convex curve that goes up and round the shoulder on the back and front. Then you'd need to measure the same curves on both the armscye and the sleeve head. As its a jersey, you need a close match for all of them, which will mean redrawing the sleeve head, and taking it in underarm. I'd do these alterations on a copy of the pattern, then do a mini toile of the altered pattern shoulder and sleeve head section to see if its about right.

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Date: 10/11/12 1:07 PM

Did you purchase the pattern by your upper chest or actual bust measurement? It sounds like you may have used the bust measurement which couldresult in the other upper areas, neckline, sleeves, etc, being too large. Try using the upper chest measurement instead and doing a full bust adjustment if needed. If you take a C cup or larger it is needed. Patterns are made for B cups. I think you will see a big difference.
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Date: 10/12/12 1:49 AM

Can you copy the sleeve/arm hole from a knit pattern that fits with a sleeve you like? or if you like this pattern well enough to make it again buy the right size pattern and recut from it.

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Date: 10/19/12 2:07 AM

Thanks for the input. I did actually find a similar sleeve in a smaller size in my pattern stash, so I re-cut it. Even with that, I ran each sleeve through the serger 4 times until it looked ok. It was lucky my knit was patterned (one could say camouflaged), because the dress is still wearable after all that.

I took a picture and will do a review soon. :)

Thanks again!

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