If you spend the better part of your life in T-shirts, comfortable knits, or traditional shirts, you may rarely think of gussets. But they may draw your interest with the return of fitted garments and more retro fashions, where the cut-on kimono or dolman sleeve is a part of today’s streamlined look. A gusset gives this sleeve style all the comfort you need.
A gusset can be used to add a wider range of motion to a set-in sleeve when altering a pattern to enlarge the arm and underarm section. However, the separate gusset pattern piece often is made to add the fabric back that is removed when a set-in sleeve pattern is converted to a cut-on kimono or dolman sleeve. Understanding how this is done gives you options for altering patterns to the current styles.
Kenneth D. King will demonstrate how to convert a bodice and set-in sleeve…
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