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Hi! I’m novice and my English isn’t so good so I’m really in trouble. I’ve bought this pattern http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/072010-shirt-jacket my problem is about sleeve. they are bigger than round armhole, The instructions says: “Set in sleeves, easing sleeve caps”. What means easing? And why sleeve and armhole don’t match?I hope my English is understandable.
Please help me with any tutorial or simple answer here.
Thank you so much!


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    Feb 28, 2012, 08.04 PMby madeoflove

    I think this is the answer of my problem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcbdx6KzTB8&feature=related …do you think easing mean this explain on video?

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    Feb 28, 2012, 09.38 PMby bjr99

    Yes, she explains ease in the video. Try to find the next video and she will be able to show you how to put the sleeve in the armhole. It takes a little bit of work but with practice it becomes easier. When you put your sleeve in the arm hole baste it in place and try it on before you sew it with the sewing machine. This way you can check the fit of the sleeve. Good luck! Let us know how the project turns out!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 09.45 PMby patti-r

    That video is basically the correct method, which I do use on some sleeves

    However sometimes I how put my finger behind the presser foot using 1/2" seam allowance from notch to notch, it does the easing (crowding) in one step, then match up the dots shoulder seam etc.

    As the lady in video said, many ways to do this.

    Just saw “bjr99” post, good tip to baste and check fit. I usually always baste the sleeve in allowing for a smoother fit where the easing sits.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 11.24 PMby katexxxxxx

    ON YOUR PATTER, measure the seam round the armscye (the hole it fits in).

    Measure the corresponding seam on the sleeve. The ‘hump’ over the top at the shoulder is the sleeve cap.

    OK, you have two measurement. On a smooth fitting sleeve cap, the sleeve measurement should be between one and three cm larger than the armscye. The larger the size, the more ease you get. If it’s more look up reducing the sleeve cap and reduce it or you’ll never get a good fit.

    If you need to use ease stitching to pull the sleeve cap up to fit sew this from notch to notch on the sleeve cap. You don’t put it in the under arm area, only over the cap. There should be a marked dot at the top of the sleeve cap. When you pin the sleeve into the armscye, make sure there is a totally flat bit with NO EASE for about 1.5cm either side of this dot. Ease the rest in smoothly. There should be no tucks or gathers. On fabrics that ease well, like wool suiting and crepe fabrics, it’s rarely necessary to use ease stitching unless you are tailoring and need to steam and shape the sleeve head before fitting it to the coat. Some fabrics don’t ease well, and here it is advisable to use two rows of ease stitching just insode the seam line to help to control the excess fabric.
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    Feb 29, 2012, 07.56 AMby urbandon

    Don’t want to confuse the issue here but…ease is rubbish…


    True, one opinion, but I do trust this woman.

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      Feb 29, 2012, 08.49 AMby katexxxxxx

      It’s more a matter of style than fit.

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    Feb 29, 2012, 08.18 AMby madeoflove

    Thanks to all, I understand is easier in theory than in practice, but I’ll let you know :)

    Urbandon very interesting your link, but now for a beginner like me it’s too complicated ;)

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    Mar 3, 2012, 04.24 PMby mickeygirl

    about ease being bogus. It depends on how accurate the seam allowance is when stitching the side and shoulder seams. Much easier to ease in a too big sleeve than fighting with a too small sleeve. More likely a person is going to adjust the side or shoulder seams to fit then the sleeve top for fit.

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