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Date: 12/12/13 3:57 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm making McCall's M6124 view B size 24 and the sleeves are not wide enough. I know how to increase the sleeve width before cutting but I didn't check for this before cutting out the pattern. DOH!

Now I'm trying to figure out how to add 1" to 2" to the width of the sleeve. My problem is that I have more fabric now where the sleeve fits into the blouse on the bottom of the sleeve opening. I'm using the biggest size of the pattern.

Can I somehow fit an extra 1" or 2" into the opening or should I consider taking the seams apart and somehow adding fabric to the blouse to add inches? The blouse has princess seams so I'd have to rip two seams to add fabric. I'm getting way out of my comfort zone here but I really want to finish this project so I'm ready to rip if it would work. Does anyone have any suggestions? HELP!

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Date: 12/12/13 4:43 PM

Sorry, if your sleeve is too narrow, why are you considering opening up the princess seams?

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Date: 12/12/13 6:20 PM

Would an underarm gusset (a diamond-shaped piece of material set in at the four-way seam juncture under the arm) give you enough extra room? That would take care of the sleeve and the armscye at the same time.

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Date: 12/12/13 10:29 PM

Do you have enough fabric--maybe in a contrasting color?--to cut out new sleeves? I'd use Nancy forgot-her-last-name's pivot and slide method. I use her method to add width to sleeves all the time without screwing up the cap and it works really well.
-- Edited on 12/12/13 10:30 PM --

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Date: 12/13/13 0:31 AM

I vote for a gusset too. It will add to both the sleeve and the armseye.

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Date: 12/13/13 2:51 AM



I think the fix will depend on your fabric.

I take it the arm hole fits your arm? It is the hemmed edge of the sleeve that is too tight?

If you are using a solid or a busy small print you can add a wedge of fabric tapering to nothing at the shoulder. You could put the wedge on the top of the sleeve or the underarm seam.

Or you could get fancy and use a contrasting fabric for the wedge of fabric and turn it into a godet.

Or if you have enough fabric or can buy more, recut the sleeves at the proper width for your arm.

You should not have to alter the bodice or arm hole.

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Date: 12/13/13 8:29 AM

I have this happen all the time with knits. I cut a strip of fabric the width needed to enlarge and open the seam.

(Sometimes I'm so annoyed I just cut it open and add a little more fabric to the width).

It's a quick and easy fix. Taper the strip where needed. Don't forget to add enough width for the seam allowance.

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Date: 12/13/13 11:20 AM

I would use the two piece sleeve pattern and add where you need it but then you can avoid changing the cap and arm sythe.

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Date: 12/13/13 11:36 AM

I only have a 12Ē by 13Ē piece of fabric left after cutting out the pattern. Iíve never had such a small amount left over so I was a bit surprised. I donít remember where I bought the fabric and itís an embroidered eyelet (which I bought a little more of because of the 3" on the bottom that doesn't have the embroidery) so I doubt I can match it.

I use the pivot method a lot but the reviews I read about this pattern all stated that it ran big so I never checked the fit of the sleeve Ė Iíll never do that again!

I looked on You Tube how to do a gusset and a godet. I think the gusset will work the best. With such a little amount of fabric left Iím going to have to do a practice run with other fabric to see if it works for what I need.

Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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Date: 12/16/13 7:47 AM

Yes, ....great idea... I would practice on fabric of a similar weight and even set the sleeve in with either a hand baste or long machine stitch just to be sure it fits well before you cut into your precious last piece.

If you don't have enough of the original fabric for complete new sleeves, you could use your practice fabric sleeve when it is the correct fit, as a pattern, and do some creative dividing of it. You could use both the original sleeve fabric and the leftover fabric to divide and topstitch to make a feature of the joining. All you need to remember is to add seam allowances to any of the cuts/divisions in the fabric you make.

All the best
Sue
-- Edited on 12/16/13 8:03 AM --

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