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Posted on: 8/3/08 7:56 AM
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If you'd like something a little different than a short sleeve, or cap sleeve, try a petal sleeve. I learned about this method in a back issue of Threads magazine, and it was said to compliment larger upper arms.
1. Retrace the sleeve pattern twice, once for the front part and once for the back part. Transfer all markings to the new paper.
2. Mark the finished length of the sleeve on the underarm sleeve with a dot.
3. Mark a point about 3 1/2 inches behind the top of the shoulder for the petal edge.
4. Joint the two points (underarm and over shoulder) with a curve.
5. Add a seam allowance to the curve.
6. When you cut the fabric, you'll need 4 pieces of each the front and the back, as it is a lined sleeve.
7. To line the sleeve, lay 2 front pieces right side together, and sew along the seam allowance at the hem (the one you drew in yourself). Repeat process for 2 more front pieces, and both pairs of the back pieces. Trim, turn, and press.
8. Lay one finished front over one finished back (right sides both facing up), matching transferred markings and baste together.
9. Now you are working with 2 sleeves, and can resume normal garment construction!

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DKJ said... (8/4/08 12:54 PM) Reply
I have been looking for the directions for this. Would this work for knits as well as wovens? TIA
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