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    EDB @EDB1

    First, since I am a senior citizen, it’s taking me a bit of work to get my head around the idea that people are out there trying to help me during the covid-19 troubles (when a neighbor I trust showed up at the door with fresh French bread, first I couldn’t figure out why he thought I’d need help–then I cried to realize his generosity, since he was “reaching out to seniors who are shut-in during the crisis!). So, since I’m supposed to stay in, and I want to help, I thought I’d start by sending my prayers to anyone reading this. Now my question is this: After trying several brands and not finding any patterns that didn’t need a lot of alteration to fit me, I was delighted to discover that Liesl’s classic shirt came out great (thank you to the [person who helped me understand that pattern). Now the hot weather is on the way (AZ gets REALLY HOT!), I’d like to make a shirt in short sleeves. I have a pattern with short sleeves that doesn’t fit in the body as well as Leisl classic, but like that one, it has a single yoke back and button front. This might sound like a really dumb question, but would it come out ok if I just took the sleeve pieces from the pattern that doesn’t fit me in the body so well and exchanged them for the long sleeves in the Liesl classic shirt? Thank you!

    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi EDB,
    It’s nice to hear you have people looking out for you and time to sew!
    Sleeve heads fitting into armscyes nicely is definitely a pattern designers forte. The sleeve from one pattern will almost certainly not go easily, if at all, into the armscye of another pattern.
    If you’ve made the long sleeved classic shirt and the sleeve fits you well, you’ll do much better altering that sleeve to the length you want.
    Here’s a simple tutorial to show you how to shorten a sleeve: https://oliverands.com/community/blog/2018/03/how-to-turn-a-long-sleeve-shirt-into-short-sleeves.html
    Or you could reshape the sleeve hem, add a cuff etc. All while leaving the sleeve as the Classic Shirt sleeve head.
    The Building Block Dress Book is really good for showing what you can do to a sleeve without affecting how it attaches.
    Have fun playing around to get what you want.
    Best wishes for staying well.

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