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Date: 8/28/07 10:07 AM

As strange as this may sound, I've never sewn sleeves into a garment. I am working on a pull over blouse and I have to do the sleeves. The pattern doesn't tell how to do this. I've asked around and some say they sew the sleeves while the garment is open and then stitch it up the sides. Others say they sew it in the armhole. I am not sure which is right or preferable for this shirt. The fabric I'm using is just a cotton/poly blend, nothing fancy, very light. Tell me what to do. Please.

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Date: 8/28/07 11:24 AM

What pattern are you using? What do the instructions say?

I tend to attach sleeves flat for most shirts, but then I usually work with knits. It depends in part how much you have to ease the sleeve to fit the garment.

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Date: 8/28/07 11:34 AM

The instructions are very confusing. I think it is telling me to ease it in. I'm using Brown Paper Patterns

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Date: 8/28/07 12:02 PM

Honestly both ways work, it's just what you're used to. And, since you're not used to either, you can choose! I learned to set in sleeves in the round and, while it took a few tries to get the ease right, now I can do it without a problem. Others swear by setting the sleeves in flat, before sewing up the sides. I've tried the flat method with a cotton robe and, while it worked, I struggled with it. I guess I need more practice! But anyway, if I were you I'd try the flat method and get used to that. Then, if it's just not working for you, or if the sleeve head is extra curvy, or you just want a change, try putting it in in the round. Just wanted to encourage you that successful shirts have been made by both methods so you're good either way. :)

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Date: 8/28/07 12:11 PM

Busy91, I've sewn the BPP slip-on top and I'm pretty sure that I sewed the sleeve to the armhole first, with no easing needed, and then sewed up the side seam and sleeve. Good luck!

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Date: 8/28/07 12:44 PM

Thanks guys. OK I'll try the flat method first. I suppose if it doesn't work out, I can do it the other way easy enough.

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Date: 8/28/07 12:57 PM

whichever you decide to try, I would baste the sleeve in first; use big stitches in a different color (contrasting) thread so you can see them. That way you can test the success, and undo it really easily if you need to. It's discouraging, I think, to have to pick out machine stitches. Whichever you do, if you successfully match up seams, marks and notches, and have eased any excess in, you've done it successfully!.

You might also look at a RTW blouse or shirt first, if you have one that is similar, and examine the details. That might make you more comfortable. Or, cut out your pattern in an old sheet and try it first in a disposable version.....

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Date: 8/28/07 12:58 PM

You're welcome! It's a great, basic pattern. I really should make up some more tops from it, so thank you for reminding me of it!

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Date: 8/28/07 1:10 PM

I never thought to use contrasting thread in either the spool or the bobbin for the ease stitches. It would make it much easier to see and when the sleeve is in correctly, I could easily see which stitches to remove. I would not even need my Granny glasses, just look for the *odd colored* thread. Great idea!

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Date: 8/28/07 1:24 PM

My mom suggested that. The basting is always helpful.

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