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I have recently undertaken the making of a delightful cropped jacket using a 1950's vintage pattern. Unfortunately, when it came to sewing gussets for the sleeves, the brevity of the instructions left me feeling somewhat frustrated. I decided to persevere with the task, and share the steps I took to reach the successful making of the sleeve gussets.

For those who may not be familiar with the gusset, it is a piece of fabric (in this case, kite-shaped) inserted where you find the armpit, to give the wearer a bit of room to move. The gusset should be subtle - that is, not bulging out so that it's visible or obvious to the eye.

This is intended as a "sew-along" for anyone who already has their gusset pieces cut and ready to sew into the jacket or blouse.

Technique Materials

kite shaped gusset pattern pieces, remaining jacket, sewing machine, pins, scissors, needle and thread, iron, tailor's ham or bath towel


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