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Date: 6/4/13 8:15 PM

I made Lisette Traveler痴 dress in view C (Simplicity 2246) and I知 having problem with tight sleeve bands. If my arms are by my side, then they are fine, but if I raise my arms forward or upward, the sleeve bands become really tight and restricting. Since the sleeves have a bit of gather, they are fine (at least I think the problem is in the band and not the sleeve).

The sleeve band is constructed using bias binding, so to fix this, I知 going to undo the sleeve bands, cut a longer bias binding then sew it back on. But I知 wondering if that is the only problem. Or is the root problem in my back/shoulder?

Thanks!

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Date: 6/4/13 9:35 PM

My guess is that you have a broader back than your pattern is drafted for. How much ease do you have inthe bands when your arms are at your sides? Most recommendations are 2" ease for sleeves.
It would also help if you could post pictures of front,back,sides on this on you.

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Date: 6/13/13 1:37 PM

So after I posted my question, I tried to fix this multiple ways:

1. Removed the cuffs. When I tried on the dress sans cuffs, I still have similar problem but now the restriction is on the entire sleeve instead of just the cuff (pulls in the back and restricts in the front).
2. Reshaped the sleeves to cap sleeve to see if I can get more movement (nope)
3. Traced and cut another pair of short sleeves using the 3/4 sleeve pattern (no cuff) because I made this pattern again in the 3/4 sleeve version and I don稚 have the same problem! Still the same tightness!

In the end, I was so fed up with it and gave up on the sleeves completely. I cut facings for the armholes and made this into a sleeveless dress!!

Now I知 making McCall's 6035 in view A. These are similar because 6035 is also short sleeves with gathers at the cuffs and I have the same problem here in that if I raise my arms, the cuffs become restricting (although not as bad as Simplicity). Shoulder and back fit well on this pattern for me, so I知 wondering if I just need to make my cuffs wider to accommodate my biceps? Is the general ease guideline for the cuffs on short sleeves also 2"? Or I should be expecting some movement restrictions with this sleeve style?

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Date: 6/13/13 1:40 PM

All this is very useful information. You should review this pattern so people will be aware of this issue.

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Date: 6/13/13 1:42 PM

By the way, is there a good way to check to see if a pattern will be too tight in the back? Where would you measure on the pattern, and on yourself? I think I probably have this problem too (full back).

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Date: 6/13/13 1:58 PM

Any chance you are petite in the armholes? From shoulder to bust point shorten than the pattern calls for? I am and I will have to add this adjustment in the next go round. If the armhole is too long/deep, I can't move my arms properly.
Also, I think you have a broad back. Add that to the next one and see if it helps.

Oh, another thought. Did you do a bicep alteration for a wider arm on the sleeve?

Loved to hear you made it a sleeveless dress! Good save. I am thrilled that you saved it.
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