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Sleeve trouble

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    thesimpson5 @thesimpson5

    I wondered if someone could take a look at my pictures and tell me what you think is wrong with my sleeves? This is my first time making this pattern with the long sleeve option, and something just looks wrong, almost like they are twisted. My sleeve pattern piece seems to be perfectly symmetrical, and there are no notches designating front and back on either the sleeve or bodice pieces. At first I thought maybe I attached them wrong, but I don’t see how I could have. The fabric is a 100% cotton jersey that I repurposed from a XXL tshirt I bought off the rack because I loved the color. I was really careful to make sure I cut with the correct grainline. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have. I’m thinking right now I’ll just take the sleeves off and add the sleeve cuff option instead, but still wanted to figure out the problem 🙂

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    Liesl Gibson
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    Hey there! Yes, I can see that the sleeves have drag lines that are coming more from the shoulder than the top of the sleeve. This is probably partly a function of the kimono sleeve, which doesn’t really allow for a true sleeve cap. Based on the photos, I’m thinking you might need a larger size because you have a wider shoulder. As a result, right now the sleeve pulls down from the outer edge of the shoulder and it’s extreme creating drag lines. I just pulled out one of mine and the drag lines still exist but are much less pronounced. (You’ll have some drag lines no matter what, just because the under-sleeve needs room so you can lift your arm, etc.) I think your shoulders are wider that the size you used and they’re pulling the shoulders up, creating much stronger drag lines. I hope that helps! xo

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    thesimpson5 @thesimpson5

    @liesl I never would have thought of that, Liesl! Thanks so much for explaining, I’ll be trying the next size up soon!

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    ShirtMaker14004 @Shirtmaker14004

    I am rather late to this party..but here is something to consider–
    Along with what Liesl said about shoulder width…….
    Sometimes when using fabric we’ve repurposed, twists can happen when a new style is cut from an existing garment because the fabric is stretch off-grain from prior wear. It’s not always a bad thing when fairly subtle like you have on your top. I think it gives a “new make” a comfy on-trend “worn and loved” look.

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