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Attaching Sleeves Tutorial

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New tutorial! I won't claim that this is the "best" way to attach sleeves to a garment, but after 3 years of struggling, this is the way I have found that works for me. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions!

Also: I do *not* read most directions that come with patterns, so this might be how the directions go, I have no idea.
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You're welcome :)
erisabesu-kuro-gosai's avatar
*sob* THANK YOU THIS SAVED ME.
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You're welcome. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :)
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Lkon2's avatar
After pinning the armpit, it's easier to line up the rest of the sleeve if you hold it out from both the armpit and the shoulder before pinning the top shoulder part. Always start sewing from the armpit and end there too incase it's a bit off, that way any mistake will be hidden in the armpit.
midgarangel's avatar
That's generally what I do, I'm just really bad at explaining myself sometimes. ^^
xXSnowFrostXx's avatar
this is an awesome tut
i hate sleeves since i can never attach them so that they fit comfortably on me, i'll be sure to try this out
do you by any chance make your garments using a pattern or just freeform it? just asking cause if you freeform, it be amazing if you could do another tut on how to draft sleeves, i can't make mine the right shape where it will sit good on the shoulder without it being weird on the armpit part
thx>.< great tut!!
midgarangel's avatar
I always use a pattern, I'm too scared to freeform anything, even after about 4 1/2 years of sewing.
xXSnowFrostXx's avatar
okk:DD
i would love to use patterns, but i can't figure out how to measure myself and figure out how to fit the pattern to me^^"
just always afraid that it won't fit right and stuff
thx so much for this tut though, i will put it to use right away>DD
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You're welcome! If you look on the websites for most commercial patterns, they have a chart as to where you measure yourself for the sizes (bust, waist, hips), and from there you see which measurements are closest to your own and decide which size you would wear - I usually go with whatever my largest measurement is and choose that size, so I can take it in on the other areas. :)
xXSnowFrostXx's avatar
thats a really cool idea
i've never thought of doing that before:D
i guess i just didn't know where to take in from but my friend told me always from the sides
can't wait to try patterns now>DD
thx soo much for these tips!! now perhaps i can make better fitting things
midgarangel's avatar
You're welcome, and good luck! :D
lead-and-imagination's avatar
thanks so much for this. i wonder if you could maybe make a tutorial on how to patterns the sleeves? It's my weakest point T___T
midgarangel's avatar
I use commercial patterns, actually. xD I'm not comfortable making my own sleeve patterns.
lead-and-imagination's avatar
oh i see, thanks anyway :D
midgarangel's avatar
You're welcome! The pattern I used in my tutorial was Butterick B5402, with the sleeve from Simplicity 3847. I don't normally recommend splicing patterns together from different companies because their sizing charts are a bit different, but I couldn't find my Butterick short sleeve pattern, so I made do with one from Simplicity. xD
HeartlessInu's avatar
Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm always in need of a sewing tutorial.
midgarangel's avatar
You're welcome! :D
Phoneix-Faerie's avatar
good suggestion here :)
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