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Noiresque
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Date: 5/24/11 8:32 AM

I have tried to figure out how to do this from Fast Fit, but the two methods described in that book makes my head spin.

My *huge* triceps make even the largest sleeve pattern piece in the pack a little tight. Can anyone shoot me some pointers or direct me to a tutorial that wil help?

Thank you!

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Date: 5/24/11 8:44 AM

I have large upper arms(and some upper back fluff) and generally have to do about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch spread in my sleeve. I'm not familiar with the Fast Fit method, but I slash all the way up in a vertical line, leaving a hinge at the hem and top of the sleeve cap. Then make another cut all the way across, horizonally about one inch under the underarm seam, leaving a hinge at each side seam. Then just spread what you need. True up your sleeve cap, by adding a bit of height back to the top.

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Date: 5/24/11 9:14 AM

I don't have the issue at hand, but the last Threads had just the article for us. There were at least 3 ways to enlarge the sleeve so that it looked intentional, rather than just "off". Mine just look off when I enlarge them. I'm working with a pattern now where the designer made a larger armhole to accomodate a larger sleeve; I'm not loving that look, but I can get my arm in the sleeve.

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Date: 5/24/11 11:24 AM

Thanks for the hint on Threads. Carolyn (cmarie12) has a tutorial for a large bicep adjustment on her blog.
I did increase a sleeve for a friend for a total of 6" on an Ottobre Woman tee which is already cut for those of us with larger biceps. I cut 4 vertical lines to the seam line, spread them the needed width, taped in placed over another sheet of larger paper. Then I trued the bottom of the sleeve so it would be straight & the sides so they would look like a regular short sleeve, not a flutter sleeve. Looked good & fit fairly well according to her. I did not see it on.

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Date: 5/25/11 2:09 PM

Actually, I was thinking - my arm/fitting issue is as much my triceps as biceps (maybe I should switch from backstroke laps to freestyle!)

When I cross my arms in front of myself there is tightness across the back.

How/Should I adjust the armsythe? Do I tilt it forward, or should I add extra material to the upper back?

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Date: 5/25/11 4:01 PM

If you only have tightness when you cross your arms, it could be that the back is not wide enough. I have to do a broad back adjustment when this happens to me.

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Date: 6/3/11 4:51 AM

Is the tightness at a point where gussets seem practical?

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Date: 6/3/11 8:14 AM

It sounds to me as though you might have two issues at play: large upper arms, and a broad upper back. This would make sense--you mentioned you do swimming--the muscles in those areas will be nicely toned.

I do a large upper arm adjustment, and I use the method that has been described already: I slash my pattern in a vertical line from the top of the sleeve cap down to roughly the elbow (on long sleeves). I make slashes perpendicular to the vertical one at the base of the cut (near the elbow) and near the base of the sleeve cap. This gets me about 0.5".

there are dozens of suggestions for broad back adjustments. You can search the boards to find ideas there. (I would offer up the Sandra Betzina suggested method, but I don't have the book at hand)

Hope this helps!

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Date: 6/3/11 9:46 AM

I always need a FUAA. What I normally do, though, is to just taper out the sleeve to two sizes larger than my bodice size, since this is what the mean size chart told me I needed.

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