|I was finishing a dress for this Raggedy Ann I'm making for a craft fair and, after much struggle, came up with an idea. Maybe I read it here or somewhere else - or maybe it's my idea. At my age - I'm never sure.
Elastic is sewn about an 3/4" from the sleeve hemline to create those gathered sleeves. The instructions have you cut 6" strips for this size doll and, like a dummy, that's what I did. Well, it doesn't work well because you have nothing to hang onto at the front or back end when stretching the elastic to fit . Additional length in the elasltic gives you that piece to hold onto. Additional length can be cut off later.
If this doesn't make sense please let me know. I'll try to provide more pictures.
Edited to include additional information: JEF commented on this and I should have added this information in the tip. You do need to mark the elastic with the length necessary for your project. I used colored chalk and JEF uses a permanent marker. In either case, it all works. Just make sure you leave additional elastic on each end to hold onto.