Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

I’m currently sewing a one shoulder satin dress, and I’ve tried to add a sleeve. I used a tutorial to calculate the dimensions of it. It fits, and when my arm is just hanging straight down, it looks great. But… I can’t for example put my arm on my hips, or hold my hand up in the air. The sleeve is just too small for that.

But what is wrong with it, or, how can I try to fix it? What should I alter?


5 Posts Sign in to add a post

  • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

    Aug 15, 2011, 05.24 AMby katexxxxxx

    Sounds like you haven’t added quite enough ease to the sleeve for the fabric you are using.

  • Hallaa_large

    Aug 15, 2011, 09.24 AMby aleah

    Ah… should I add ease to the sleeve cap itself? I can just imagine that that part wouldn’t fit well with my sloper(?) if I made it larger.

    1 Reply
    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 11.26 AMby katexxxxxx

      Where you need to add the ease is going to depend on exactly where you find it binding when you move… Can you post pix anywhere?

  • Missing

    Aug 16, 2011, 03.53 PMby mickeygirl

  • Logo4957b_large

    Aug 20, 2011, 05.42 AMby jenss-1

    It sounds like you added a sleeve to a pattern that was originally sleeveless? On sleeveless dresses, the armholes can sometimes be larger than they would be for a sleeved garment. If so, and if the armhole is kind of low, then this may be why arm motion is restricted. I’m not sure how that would be corrected, if that is the case. Maybe by creating a gusset in the underarm area (might be tricky) or by cutting a new bodice with a higher armhole.

  • Hallaa_large

    Aug 20, 2011, 01.05 PMby aleah

    yes, the dress was originally sleeveless… I had never drafted a sleeve on my own before, actually never even sewn one. Unfortunately I do not have enough fabric to cut a new bodice, but the gusset idea might work out… nevertheless the sleeve fits and looks great – it’s just not a dress I can dance in haha. :) Thank you everyone!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Recent Posts