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Hello, I hope someone will be able to help me.

A very long time ago I did a pattern cutting course and can remember enough from it that I can often adapt patterns as and when. However I can’t remember what I’m supposed to do to change a pattern that has been drafted to have sleeves to sleeveless. I think it could be to do with taking the excess fabric as if there were a dart and then moving it to a dart in the bodice?

Is anyone able to help?


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    Sep 4, 2012, 09.01 PMby katexxxxxx

    You usually find that the armscye of a sleeveless dress is slightly smaller (closer under the arm and the shoulder ‘strap’ area wider at the shoulder) than the sleeved version, so just redraft with a slightly smaller armscye circumference.

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    Sep 5, 2012, 02.30 AMby IkkiaRain

    Me, I would make a sample of the blouse I want sleeveless. Then, I would look in a mirror and see what needs to be done to the arm hole. Since must sleeve openings are larger then sleeveless openings, I would take in the shoulder seam 1/4 inch from the arm hole and blend the seam going toward the neck opening. This takes up some of the sleeve space. I would put the blouse on without the arm hole seam allowance and open the side seam under the arm part way and take it in until the under arm hole fits me then blend this with the rest of the side seam. If the under arm part of the arm hole is still to low, I would cut and add 1/2 inch strip fabric to the lower arm hole opening that would bring the hole up higher. Then I would cut the arm hole bottom gradually to fit me and blend with the rest of the arm hole. Last, I would make new seam allowance to the shoulders, side and arm holes.

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