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Message Board > Fitting Woes > How do i get thee sleeves to fit???!!Aaargh... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Subject: How do I get the sleeves to fit???!!Aaargh... Date: 8/27/13 5:27 AM

Hi all

I'm new on the board and perhaps my question is way elementary for most of you or has been covered a zillion times but please bear with me.

I love sewing but getting patterns to fit is a challenge. My problem is the sleeves. I have got into the habit of extending the shoulder length for most patterns as I am tall and my shoulders are apparently broader than average.

However, extending the shoulder length affects the sleeve. Howe do i adjust the sleeve or the the armhole line so that the sleeve still fits? I just sewed a lovely plain and simple dress, New Look 6835, and had to make it sleeveless because after extending the shoulder, the sleeve, with my klutzy adjustments, caused the dress to pull up when I raised the arms.

I tried cutting the arm hole deeper into the dress; that didn't help. I ended up discarding the sleeves but at 52 my arms are nothing to write home about and i didn't really want a sleeveless dress! I want sleeves that fit!

How does one adjust sleeves after extending shoulder length? Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks!
-- Edited on 8/27/13 5:30 AM --

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Date: 8/27/13 6:41 AM

On page 11 of this guide is a method for making the shoulder wider without affecting the armbole. Can that be a solution for you?

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Date: 8/27/13 6:51 AM

Is this a sleeve problem or a broad back or rounded back problem? If the back is not wide enough, the sleeves do not sit right. It certainly might be that you just have wider shoulders. Do you have any pictures?

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Date: 8/27/13 12:32 PM

Janey, merely making an adjustment for broad shoulders should not affect the fit of the sleeve. As has been mentioned, there is some other kind of fitting situation going on here. Is this the first time you've had this problem? If it is, then it could be a problem with the pattern. It could be any number of things.

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Date: 8/27/13 2:29 PM

Have you tried using a larger size, one that would give you the shoulder length that you need? That way the sleeve and armhole would fit together. You might need to grade to a smaller size at the bust and lower, or you might need to do a small bust adjustment if the larger size for the shoulders made it too large in the bust.

I was having the opposite problem (shoulder length on the pattern was too long for me) and I also got goofy sleeves when I tried to just shorten the shoulder seam. The solution was to pick a size based on shoulder length and high bust, then make whatever changes I needed to in the lower areas -- and it turned out that those were minor adjustments.

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Date: 8/27/13 7:13 PM

I make my adjustment as shown in the article that Quickie provided. Mine is a narrow, sloping shoulder, so I have to over lap the top of my "L" rather than opening it. Super easy and it keeps the armhole in shape.

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Date: 8/29/13 9:33 AM

I also have narrow shoulders. But reading again,I see that you had this problem of feeling restricted when you raise your arms. You tried make the armhole deeper. well, the very strange paradox is that it might have made the problem worse. Try to chose the armhole under the arm as high as possible. Put in the sleeves againIf that is not enough to give you room while lifting your arms, try then to make the sleeve and /or the back a little bit wider, but never lower the armhole, unless it is obviously too narrow under the arm



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Date: 8/30/13 11:08 AM

This sounds like an issue I'm currently dealing with as well. I am making this Lekala Bolero pattern - Lekala for a friend. I made a muslin that seems to fit perfectly through the shoulders, but she feels restricted when she raises her arms. I'm not sure what to adjust, because aside from the restricted feeling it seems to fit so nicely. Wouldn't it work to make an adjustment as described in this tutorial?Threads

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Date: 8/30/13 3:18 PM

Well, that is an interesting article on fitting. It has reasonable solutions for more than one problem. It is difficult to give a very positive advise without at least a picture of the garment on the supposed owner.

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