Ruched sleeves ( re-fashioning)
Added Apr 2, 2012
Sew the side seam of the sleeve. (If you are not comfortable sewing the sleeve into a hole, you can undo your top's side seams a little and sew in your sleeve flat. Later you can fold the sleeve right side in and sew the sleeve's and top's side seam at the same time.) Pin the sleeve to the armhole aligning the top centre mark to the top's shoulder seam, make sure the sleeve cap fits easily into the armhole and there is no excess fabric that will get caught up and pluck in your armhole seam. Pin frequently and check that everything fits together before stitching.
Beware: Basting is very important in these last two steps, always baste everything first before stitching- it can save you hours of painful seam ripping! When working with jersey on your sewing machine you should use a narrow zigzag seam. Look for a kind of crooked zig-zag seam if you have one on your machine- it works better than a normal zigzag and very flexible to work with knits. Always experiment on some fabric scraps with a new stitch to get the best width/length that will work best on that fabric.