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The Sleeve-Cap Seam and the Armscye

Threads magazine - 167 - June/July 2013 Issue
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A tailored, set-in sleeve is often the most challenging aspect of a garment to get right; it is certainly the thing most often asked about by those learning to sew tailored garments. What really stumps people is how to adjust a sleeve pattern when alterations have been made to the bodice pattern during fittings. An understanding of the relationship between the sleeve and the armhole can guide the adjustments and make setting the sleeve much easier. A tailored sleeve is precisely drafted to fit into the armhole. In this article from Threads #167, Jeffery Diduch will take you through some key elements of the balance between the sleeve shape and the armhole dimensions. Then, he’ll show you how to effectively troubleshoot and correct patterns after fitting adjustments or for style considerations. With more knowledge of the special relationship between these garment sections, you’ll achieve better results with confidence.

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  1. AnnaRae November 21st

    I have seen references to a three piece sleeve in several Threads articles. I have never seen one. Can you explain how a three piece sleeve is designed? Thank you

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