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converting sleevless patterns to a sleev

mem1 | Posted in General Discussion on

I am no longer as slim as I was and would like to be able change sleeveless garments into sleeved garments. These tops are often  featured in patterns for suits of clothes where the jacket is worn over the sleeveless garment. My work is rather physical and I find that I need to take off a jacket at work and then feel self conscious of my upper arms .I would love to know what I need to do to the jacket and to the under top to overcome this problem.


  1. stitchmd | | #1

    Try comparing the jacket armscye with the dress armhole. If the lines are similar enough you might be able to fake it by using a smaller size of the sleeve pattern, maybe with scooping the armhole a bit lower to more closely match the jacket pattern.

    A whole different approach could be to make the jackets sleeveless. A vest over a dress with sleeves would probably be more comfortable than two layers of sleeve. You could try combining dresses with sleeves already drafted with a vest that has a complimentary style to go over it.

  2. kayl | | #2

    Typically, a sleeveless bodice has the armscye raised under the arm, and

    there is less ease over the upper chest than the same bodice with sleeves. You can borrow the armscye

    and sleeve from a similar garment, but you'll also need to increase the

    chest ease to get the same fit.

    1. mem1 | | #3

      Thank You Kay, 

      Would you add the ease at the armskye seam or slash the bodice fron and back ?

      1. kayl | | #4

        Depends on the pattern and how it fits you to begin with... since I'm

        lazy, I'd probably consider just backing the CF and CB foldline off

        about an eighth of an inch, if the neckline could stand the extra width. Otherwise, I'd add through the upper chest via slash and spread

        through the shoulder seam.

        It'd definitely be best to do a muslin and try the muslin on with both

        sleeves basted in... definitely changes the fit to have the sleeves in!


        1. mem1 | | #5

          thanks Kay

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