Fitting Plus-Size Sleeves
Expert pattern solutions to flatter fuller arms
Kathleen Cheetham’s article from Threads #185 (June/July 2016) describes how to best fit sleeves for women with fuller arms. She writes:
A basic blouse with set-in sleeves is a classic that many women want to wear. For plus-sized women with very full arms, however, this fundamental garment is often difficult to fit, because the set-in sleeves are usually too slim. Many plus-sized women have biceps measuring 16 inches in circumference or more, and commercial patterns not drafted for fuller figures don’t accommodate such measurements. In this article, I will address the set-in sleeve and its armscye and show how to achieve a smooth and comfortable fit for a fuller arm. I’ll also show you how to avoid pattern-fitting pitfalls that end in frustration.
Before tackling a sleeve’s fit, you must get the bodice fit correct. Sometimes, sleeve complaints have nothing to do with the sleeve at all but are…
Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.