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Sliced Top of Sleeve Patterns

tzipi | Posted in Patterns on

Hello Everyone,

I have a problem and have laid the garment aside but now I realize I shoud really finish it so I can wear it before winter is over.

I made a sweater from  Burda pattern. It’s a turtle neck using a knit fabric. The sleeve pattern is sliced at the top os the sleeve and then one sews those 2 halves of the top of the sleeve together. My problem comes in here. When I sewed the 2 sections of the top of the sleeve together, I ended up with a pucker that sticks out beyond the end of my shoulder. I’m not sure what to do with this. Maybe I should have measured my shoulder length first and then shortened that slit in the pattern?

Any ideas? I appreciate any comments or suggestions.

Thank you


  1. PASDENOM | | #1

    First suggestion is to press it on a ham to shape it. Knits often distort as they're being stitched and can be steamed back into shape.

    Second suggestion is to put it on inside out and pin out the distortion, baste it, try it on again, adjust if needed, then restitch. Once you have the curve right put your pattern piece over it and draw the correct line if you want to make it again.

    Just like any other pattern fitting issue there will be a million shoulder curves that differ from the one the pattern drafter used. Most of us are used to altering bust darts, hip curves, the dreaded crotch curve, etc.

    1. tzipi | | #2

      Tank you so much for such prompt, wise suggestions. I'll try them now and let you know how it goes.

      1. Ralphetta | | #3

        Your note reminded me of how funny life is..things that are a problem for one person, are loved by another!  My favorite blouse pattern is a Burda with shoulders like you describe.  I love it BECAUSE of it's flexibility.  Like the previous person said, you can just adjust the curve to your personal shape.  My shoulders are a major fitting problem and that's why I like it so much.

        1. tzipi | | #4

          Good for you. I'm going to try and appreciate the advantages of this type of sleeve. And now I realize that those "slits in the sleeve" are actually sleeve darts. I  used her suggestions and now it fits fine. Thank you.

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