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Date: 4/8/13 9:46 PM

I made this shirt, and went ahead and sewed in the sleeves, as they were supposed to be rolled up and then secured with a button tab. Well, the tabs disappeared, so now I'm stuck with sleeves that are longer than I want or need.
Any ideas on the best way to handle this? Just cut them across straight? I know, this sounds so dumb!

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Date: 4/9/13 8:29 AM

Can you replace the tabs? They are stitched near where the elbow dart would be, but a little above. If not, your question isn't dumb because sleeves can be tapered, and if you cut straight across where you want, you might get a fuller sleeve than you bargained for.

Lay the sleeve out flat, inside out, and mark where you would like to have your hem (hem should be about 1"). Measure around the sleeve where the mark is to give some idea how full it's going to be. Then taper at the sleeve's seamline if you need to.

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Date: 4/9/13 8:49 AM

I'm so glad this thread was started. I like the way you explained tapering the sleeve, Miss Fairchild. Maybe you can help me with a little quirk that happens when I do shorten an "already made" sleeve. After I cut it and put it on to test, the front and back of the sleeve are fine, but the side(opposite from the seam) hikes up. I would imagine it's because the shoulder is naturally doing this. How would I compensate, and still get a smooth looking hem?

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Date: 4/9/13 10:26 AM

Okay, so I should be fine laying it flat and just cutting across. Don't know why this was worrying me, that somehow it would be off in some way!! Thanks for the reassurance. I just may have enough left for two tabs, but I'll have to do some interesting cutting and seaming on the little piece I have left!

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