Ever find yourself needing to lengthen a pattern? I've got especially long arms, and always find myself needing to lengthen the sleeve pattern, so I'm demonstrating this!

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Pattern, tape, pattern paper, ruler, pencil

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.24 AMby solemnraven

    But don’t you add the same amount to each area? If so, the amount you added to the top does not seem like the same amount to the bottom you had just done. Then truing the sleeve cap is a little more difficult since you have such a large distance between them???

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    May 2, 2008, 11.41 AMby urs

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    First, take note of the lines on the pattern that say “LENGTHEN OR SHORTEN PATTERN HERE”. These are horizontal lines that correspond to other pattern pieces, so, for example, if you need to add length to the sleeve cap (the top red line), you will also need to lower the armhole on the bodice pieces, and therefore lengthen that piece as well.

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    Mar 21, 2008, 11.22 PMby dilemmax

    Thanks for the tutorial. Just one question. If you alter the sleeve cap, do you have to make adjustment for the armhole?

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