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Re: way to shape top of sleeve
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: September 15, 2009 11:16AM

As KT suggests, a sleeve cap has to accommodate a lot of that filled-up area. Depending on where the seam is set, the sleeve cap may have to cover the entire shoulder. Thus it has to be considerably larger than the corresponding area of the body pieces. Even if is not a "gathered" looking sleeve the top must still be gathered slightly to fit smoothly.

Riggheti's book is a good reference to have around if you are going to be designing a lot of your own sweaters, but even Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns has a group of sweaters with set-in sleeves (all one style in that area) that you could use as a guide.

You could also invest in a couple of commercial jacket or dress patterns, depending on what sort of sweaters you are making, and work to those measurements. When I was starting to design my own garments I used my favorite commercial sewing patterns all the time.

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  way to shape top of sleeve zida 09/12/2009 09:03AM
  Re: way to shape top of sleeve KT 09/13/2009 12:08PM
  Re: way to shape top of sleeve zida 09/14/2009 04:45AM
  Re: way to shape top of sleeve KT 09/14/2009 11:09AM
  Re: way to shape top of sleeve Alex 09/15/2009 11:16AM

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