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Laminated cotton sleeve easing
Usually pin sleeve ease-not gather-fabric?
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Date: 9/20/13 2:35 PM

So I normally do sleeve easing by pins and not gathering stitches. It's more work but I always get better results.

My issue at the moment is figuring out how to do my sleeve ease with this laminated cotton. As you all know, a hole in laminate is a hole forever. So pinning could damage the structural integrity around the armcycle, especially given the serious pinning easing sleeves in evenly requires. The usual tricks (safety pins, etc) is not a workable option.

Should I just gather quite close to the edge of the fabric? This would leave 1/2 (eh, realistically a bit less) untouched laminated cotton for fabric structural integrity. Even with two rows, this fabric is not going to be easy to gather....

Alright thoughts??
-- Edited on 9/20/13 2:36 PM --

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Date: 9/20/13 3:53 PM

If it's possible, this is a time that I think hand basting the sleeve in is the best option. Put the sleeve in place as best you can with clips, and then take up the ease as you hand stitch. When you machine stitch over the line it should flatten out the ease. You can do it just inside the seamline or on the seamline; the extra holes shouldn't be a problem on the seamline.

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Date: 9/20/13 4:18 PM

Yes-hand stitching!!! My least favorite task in the world, though honestly how can one expect avoiding it in outerwear construction?
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I think you are right. My brain gave me all options except that-the best choice-hmmmm, selective brain :)

Thanks!!

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Date: 9/20/13 4:24 PM

Yes-hand stitching!!! My least favorite task in the world, though honestly how can one expect avoiding it in outerwear construction?
:)

I think you are right. My brain gave me all options except that-the best choice-hmmmm, selective brain :)

Thanks!!

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Date: 9/20/13 7:09 PM

Is there any way you can remove some of the ease from the sleeve? I think there are various tutorials around. Unless the sleeve has a dramatic puff to it (which I'm having trouble picturing, if you're using laminated fabric for it!), you should be able to get away with shearing some of the excess off, so there's less to fuss with.

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Date: 9/20/13 8:13 PM

I could trim off the top. It's a raincoat for my little girl so she probably won't notice. It will be tricky to find out how much I can trim, though. I haven't touched it since this morning :)

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