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Posted on: 3/31/10 10:17 PM
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I have a circulatory problem that causes swelling of my arms & neck at various times that can cause sleeves & necklines to feel very tight. I am just beginning to make some of my own garments, so this may already be used by many & if anyone knows a better way please please tell me I am open to any ideas & suggestions. ...I used a similiar squaring up technique that quilters use to add more room to the sides of the sleeves & greater length. I also increased sleeve hole by 1 1/2" in the lower edge of hole to be less noticeable for wear when it is not swollen but more roomy when it is swollen. I have to figure out what to do for necklines except to use small darts leaving a little more room without I hope looking like the darts should not be in the garment.

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tgm and Kittys said... (4/6/10 10:51 AM) Reply
Thank you for your help emmyhohan. I will check that out next time we are over by Hancocks Fabrics. (We used to have 2 Hancocks one went out of business last year that was closer to us...we still have the other one). ....>^..^<
emmyhonan said... (4/5/10 8:07 PM) Reply
I searched the Hancock site and they had a few of each, rib knit and knits. I don't have a Hancocks near me
tgm and Kittys said... (4/5/10 12:28 PM) Reply
Emmyhohan, thank you for the info. I will try to get over to the fabric store this week. Do you think Hancock's would have it ? It is much closer to me than JoAnn's store is.
emmyhonan said... (4/4/10 8:01 PM) Reply
I get knits at our local Joann's. If I can't find ribbing to match, I'll use the knit fabric for the t. They did have rib knits (60" wide) which you could use. Ribbing is usually about 25" wide. Hope you can solve your problem.
tgm and Kittys said... (4/4/10 6:17 AM) Reply
emmyhonan, I was making a dress with rectangle neckline & elbow length sleeves. Yes, you are quite right ribbing is much more comfortable. When I have asked at the fabric store for T-shirt type material they say they do not know. I.E. nightshirts with ribbing. Would you know where to look for it? Thanks so much.
emmyhonan said... (4/3/10 7:05 PM) Reply
If you're referring to round necklines, (t shirt type) you could use ribbing which has a lot of stretch. Would a blouse be more comfortable? You could unbutton as needed.
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