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Date: 1/12/14 7:40 AM

My DIL has found a dress that she'd like recreated (sort of) for her daughter's first communion. The dress itself is very basic and I can easily make the dress with the desired embellishments. BUT the sleeves are the interesting bit. The sleeves are short, but not gathered. Nor are they straight! They have a flair but not wings! I'm thinking of taking a straight sleeve and splitting it to add enough to make the sleeve "bell" out slightly - but how much? and I'm thinking that these "splits" should be small and many (rather than just adding 2" in the middle of the sleeve). Any ideas? Anyone done something similar??

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Subject: girls sleeve design Date: 1/13/14 8:04 AM

I would think you may have to add length to the center of the sleeve after splitting it if you are going for a drape or a flared sleeve with an even hem line (the sleeve center as long as the sides inderneath).

If your child is one who enjoys fittings (i did but my sister hated them) you might tape a copy of the pattern piece to her shoulders, make the cuts, hold the pattern edges out a distance using tape and see what you get. Or make a few sleeve variations first with varying numbers of cuts and tape that on her shoulder.

I liked the process of working with my mom when she altered on me. But not all kids enjoy that.

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Date: 1/13/14 10:09 AM

I made Simplicity 1671, which is a Disney pattern, for my GD and it has a sleeve that is not gathered at the bottom but is pleated at the top. It is one of the prettiest sleeves I have seen on a little girl and it was very simple to do. I just followed the pattern instructions exactly. In fact, the whole pattern is beautifully drafted and comes out very nicely. I'm not sure if you are looking for a kind of flutter sleeve or the kind normally seen on a tunic when you say "not gathered" at the bottom. I may have a picture in my files and if I can find it, I will send it to you. I am planning to make this several more times this summer as I like the offset Peter Pan collar and would like to try that.

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