Hello,
i have a short sleeve pattern (a single pattern piece rather than a two-piece sleeve) which I want to lengthen to a three-quarter length – it will fall a couple of inches below my elbow.

So I have been following instructions on how to make room for the elbow: I have to slash across from the back edge of the pattern extension where the elbow will sit, and spread that edge by an inch.

Then I should place a dart, a tuck, or ease in the extra length that results from the back edge being an inch longer than the front edge.

My question is, where do I place the dart, tuck or ease?

Any help, or clues appreciated!!! Thanks very much.

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    Jul 8, 2014, 09.05 AMby katexxxxxx

    At the point of the elbow. Also, while you slash the pattern all the way across, the dart should only be 3-4 inches long.

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    Jul 8, 2014, 10.03 AMby veesta

    Kate, thank you for replying!!! Yes, this is what puzzled me – I’ve never seen an elbow dart travelling all the way across the sleeve…

    Just to check that I have done this correctly. First, I slashed all the way across the pattern from back to front edge with a single cut. Next, I spread the back edge, thereby creating a tapering triangular space, the apex being formed by the lines of the front edge meeting.

    I have traced the ‘triangle’ so that I can place it onto the line created by the bottom edge of the slash, where the elbow room ends.

    So would I place the long edge of the triangle against the edge of the lower slash line, starting with the widest point at the back edge? Then mark out the 3 – 4" mark on its centre line, and taper to that point with straight lines to create the dart..?

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    Jul 10, 2014, 01.09 PMby veesta

    Thanks Kate, I will do that!

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