Under on the Out is Hot, Right?

So, I’m not very good at sewing. I made a few things more than five years ago but I want to get into this. This weekend I planned to make some simple, hard-to-screw-up Thai fisherman pants.

Instead, in typical Amanda-fashion, I cut out a dress pattern.

It was going OK, until I got to the sleeve. I had been battling the sleeve cap (the round part that covers your upper arm and is sewn into the armhole) for a couple of days. The pattern’s sleeve cap appears to be too tall and the pattern told me to ease (squeeze) a heck of a lot of fabric into a small space. I was getting puckers, tucks, pleats.

After the sixth time of trying to follow the directions, I wanted to cry. I was tired of ripping my work out, the fabric was looking worn and it was just a mess. I considered adding an inverted box pleat to get rid of the excess fabric, but that looked weird. I considered leaving it sleeveless.

I researched options online and in my sewing books. After a lot of conflicting advice I finally eased the cap in last night. It looked beautiful, see? (That’s not ironed or pressed.)

Beautiful Sleeve

And then I stretched my arms to test the fit.


One thought on “Under on the Out is Hot, Right?

  1. Comment from: Jonathan in Florida [Visitor]
    !! Oh no, did you sew the sleeve inside out to the dress?
    09/25/10 @ 09:56

    Comment from: Helena [Visitor] ยท http://wedoitthehardway.blogspot.com/

    My husband is making himself a doublet and has had several mishaps like that.

    Looks like you did a good job on the easing!
    09/25/10 @ 11:15

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    Yep, Jonathan, that’s exactly what I did. At that point, I just laughed, because at least I knew I could ease the sleeve in again!

    Helena, when I redid it, it worked. Call it a learning experience. I also sewed the pockets on inside-out too. I’m so used to visualizing knitting the right-side out. Since I’m so much less experienced in sewing, it’s hard to visualize how things get put together, sometimes.
    09/25/10 @ 11:23

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