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Friday, 23 October 2009

Blouse has sleeves

Tonight I managed to get the sleeves into the shirt in a satisfactory manner. Each sleeve has been inserted 3 times but I am finally happy with the result.

I struggled to get the sleeves in last time I made this shirt as well so there is an obvious issue with the alterations to the pattern which I need to address in future.

Anyway this was an idea from Jenni (YorkshireLass) on how to get the sleeves eased in. It is a strip of very thin knit, sewn to the seam allowance instead of gathering stitches which pulls the sleeve head nicely into shape and makes sewing it in easier. (see lower picture for how this works).

The shirt still needs buttonholes and buttons adding but its 11:30pm on a Friday night, so I will tackle that another day when I am fresh(er) .


Jenni said...

Ooh, that did work well. I'm so glad. The sleeves look absolutely perfect now. Well done. I am looking forward to seeing it with its buttons.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...


I've got a question about the thin knit. Will any thin knit material work? In the photograph, the knit looks very much like netting or tulle. Thanks for posting the tip. Your sleeves and shirt looks great.

CarlaF-in Atlanta