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Fitting Plus-Size Sleeves

Threads #185, June/July 2016 Issue
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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.

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  1. User avater TigerB September 13th

    While this article is very interesting, I feel like it totally dodges the question of fitting very full arms. I have very large upper arms (19 inches!), and I don't want to turn every sleeve into a flutter sleeve. Sometimes I still need a plain sleeve.

    If I need to add three or more inches to a sleeve (wince), I have only been able to get the split and spread method to work (, and then I still have trouble with the sleeve cap most of the time. Have any other techniques to offer?

    Anyway. I wear a lot of knit tops. You can see why.

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