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From: iluvpuns
Date: 02-27-2006, 04:42 PM (1 of 3)
Can someone explain what I need to do to change a pattern from one with sleeves to one without sleeves.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-27-2006, 09:17 PM (2 of 3)
For sleeveless, the opening for the armhole should be smaller.. And of course you will need a facing or a binding for the seam.. I read somewhere that the armseye should come up one inch higher at the underarm seam. The hardest thing to change seems to me to be the front of the bodice.. If you don't get that fit just right, your bra or part of you might show ..Make a test garment..
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From: paroper
Date: 02-27-2006, 09:24 PM (3 of 3)
It depends on whether you want a one-piece facing or a two piece. For a one-piece facing, pin the shoulders of your garment pattern together at the shoulder ON THE SEAMLINE. Draw around the opening of the arm hole and about 3 inches down the side. If you garment has a facing at the neck, measure the width of that facing and make your arm facing the same width. With a one-piece facing, the straight of grain goes parallel across the top of the facing.

If you want a two piece facing with a seam at the top, just draw around each arm hole, down the side and a few inches across the shoulder. Then use the facing width to determine how wide that pattern piece should be. with a two piece facing, the straight of grain matches the straight of grain of the garment. Just measure and move that grain line over to your facing. If you do not put the arm facings on the straight of grain, they'll pop out all the time and drive you nuts.

Sometimes the arm hole has to be adjusted when removing the sleeves. Often they are lower. You may want to check this and make adjustments accordingly.

If you want to properly move the arm hole up, you use a French curve tool (ruler).

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