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Making a long-sleeved t-shirt bigger than pattern
Do I need to adjust sleeve size?
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Date: 11/5/12 0:52 AM

I have only made a few basic patterns and havn't needed to alter any of them.

Now I am making a long sleeved t-shirt that I need to make bigger. I am making the front and back both wider and a little longer. Do I need to make any adjustments to the sleeves so that they match up with the front and back??

I havn't made any clothes with sleeves as yet so am totally clueless!!

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Date: 11/5/12 1:11 AM

What pattern are you making? Have you flat measure the sleeves to ensure they are big enough for you? I always have to add to the sleeve for my big arms.

Where have you added fabric to the front and back? Are you just adding it to the side seam or have you added it in the body of the pattern?

Do you need to add to both the front and back? I have to add to the front of some patterns, but not the back.

I carry my weight in the front and have to add fabric to the body of a pattern, not the side seam. A friend has wide hips and has to add to the side seam to accommodate her shape.

How does the neckline and shoulder of the original pattern fit?

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Date: 11/5/12 1:22 AM

It is for my fiancee, and he carries his weight in the front so I guess I only have to add to the front, and I was just going to add to the side seems because I thought thats how it was done, but now that you've said that, I think it will be better to add it in the middle - he has no hips Does adding in the middle change the neckline?

I think I need to make the sleeves a little bigger for him also - do I just add it to the sides of the sleeve piece?

The neckline is just rounded.

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Date: 11/5/12 1:23 AM

The pattern in McCalls 6996 - it is an old one from a friend.

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Date: 11/5/12 2:12 AM

Hopefully this is the right one, McCall's 6996.

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Date: 11/5/12 3:56 AM

Thats the one - my friend had cut out the pattern for LARGE and threw away the rest, so I'm trying to make it bigger myself to suit.

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Date: 11/5/12 4:15 AM

First of all, for 2.99 I suggest buying the one with the XL size in it. You could be saving yourself a lot of frustration.

How much larger are his measurements from the pattern?

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Date: 11/5/12 8:01 PM

His measurements are bigger than the XL...
He is this much larger than the LARGE pattern I have...

Chest is 10cm extra (from 112-122cm)
Waist is 29cm extra (from 99-128cm),
Hips are 14 cm extra (from 114-128cm)

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Date: 11/6/12 0:15 AM

It doesn't have to. You do it like a LBA (large bust adjustment). There is an example that will work for men in the Fit for Real People book. It is for a patch work vest that has no darts fitted on to a large woman. I found it very helpful in fitting my husband.
You can kind of tell what changes are made from size to size by the changes from medium to large. I would expect the sides to be about 1cm (maybe a little more than that) bigger per size and you will need that all the way down because you need some ease too. I would guess 5-10cm extra for wearing ease.
Another idea is to trace a pattern from a T he already has that fits fairly well. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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Date: 11/6/12 3:57 AM

Thank you so much :)

I am totally new to sewing - I have only made 3 of the same little dress for my 4 year old niece interstate (with help!), and a cusion cover - that is the extent of my sewing! I am still learning how to read patterns - the terminology and the concepts of sewing.

My niece's dresses were a huge hit - she wears all of them multiple times a day and doesn't let anyone touch them!! This has given me confidence to keep sewing.

Using one of his t-shirts is a great idea - I never thought of that - thank you :)

I did a dummy run of the pattern with cheap calico in the size large that I had - thats why I asked about the sleeves - they seem to match up directly with the front and back when you sew them in, so I wasn't sure what to do when enlarging it.

thanks everyone for all of your help. Need to be in hospital for a couple of days but will be straight back into it asap! So will keep you posted...

and no doubt have more stupid questions!

Thanks again :)

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