SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

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

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
How do i get thee sleeves to fit???!!Aaargh...
A fitting problem
Janey1
Janey1
Intermediate
SOUTH AFRICA
Member since 8/26/13
Posts: 1
Send Message

      



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 --

Quickie
star
Quickie
NETHERLANDS
Member since 10/8/10
Posts: 824
Send Message

      
thumbsup 3 members like this.



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?

Marie367
Marie367  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Ohio USA
Member since 5/28/11
Posts: 2359
Send Message

      



In reply to Janey1 <<


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?

GlButterfly

GlButterfly
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 8/28/08
Posts: 3081
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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.

------
That's Gl = for Gloria, not G. I.

Lindy Ann
Lindy Ann  Friend of PR
Advanced
Kansas USA
Member since 1/26/12
Posts: 98
Send Message

      



In reply to Janey1 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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.

JTink
star
JTink
Intermediate
Member since 4/20/08
Posts: 6067
Send Message

      



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.

Quickie
star
Quickie
NETHERLANDS
Member since 10/8/10
Posts: 824
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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



-- Edited on 8/29/13 2:52 PM --

JantinaRose
JantinaRose
Member since 8/25/13
Posts: 1
Send Message

      



In reply to Quickie <<


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

Thanks

Quickie
star
Quickie
NETHERLANDS
Member since 10/8/10
Posts: 824
Send Message

      



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.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fitting Woes >> How do i get thee sleeves to fit???!!Aaargh...

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Bust Adjustments
Bust Adjustments

Register

Leather 101
Leather 101

Register

StyleArc Coco Jacket

photo
by: Sarsez

Review
Vogue Patterns 1190

photo
by: mangoflavo...

Review
Favorite Things An Everyday Bag Pattern

Favorite Things An Everyday Bag Pattern

Buy Now
NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King

NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.