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Oops – not enough fabric

cycler1729 | Posted in General Discussion on

I just cut out a blouse in a plaid fabric but I am a little short for the sleeve width (I know, I know – I laid it out before I cut and it looked as though there was enough but there wasn’t) so just in case I’m unable to get back to the store or they’re out of it I thought that I’d cut a 2-piece sleeve (like in a jacket) and hide the seams in the plaid.

I’ve got enough fabric length but I don’t know where to cut the pattern to get the top and botton. It’s an oversized sleeve that has square darts at the cap and I’d appreciate any thoughts on where to cut.


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  1. Palady | | #1

    Is the pattern avaialbel on-line?  MO, seeing a picture of your sleeve conundrum will be helpful.



    1. cycler1729 | | #3

      I don't see it (it's older) but it is a full capped sleeve that has a cuff.

      I've got a lot of fabric for the length (shoulder to cuff) but not the width.

      After asking the question I was thinking about it and possibly if I cut 4 lengths and match the plaid and stitch a seam on 2 and then cut a sleeve from each (now wider) piece hiding the seam that might work.



  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    Are you trying to do the two pieces lengthwise or horizontally. Lengthwise two piece sleeves usually have the seam towards the back of the arm. Horizontally it could be anywhere, In fact you can put it anywhere you want - use it as a design element. That's the fun about making your own. Especially if you are matching plaids, the fabric design will be busy enough to hide the seams anyway.

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