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From: joni lowe
Date: 04-03-2007, 08:55 PM (1 of 2)
I am once again in a brain fuddle. Am making Butterick 4290, just a simple t-top. The sleeves are set in, pattern says to ease stitch, which I have done. However, when basted to the body of the shirt, the sleeves are PUFFY for cryin' out loud. It's a T SHIRT!!! Should I remove some of the "arch" in the sleeve, or will this somehow distort the overall sleeve? The pattern "drawings" show a flat sleeve top. I'm too old for puffiness, (got enough of that elsewhere without adding to it) The fabric is a stretch knit. Any words of wisdom? Joni
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From: paroper
Date: 04-04-2007, 11:16 AM (2 of 2)
When puffiness is added the sleeve, the sleeve pattern is slashed and spread. If it is tighter at the bottom, the pattern is fanned. That is where the fullness is located. However, Butterick patterns are usually pretty true to size, if not small. Are you sure that you properly cut and eased the sleeve when you put it in? If you put all the ease to the top of the sleeve it will puff, regardless of the original cut of the sleeve. Also, t-shirt fabric stretches something awful. Don't mistake temporary fullness for something permanent.

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