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    Please see the tutorial “How to Turn a Long Sleeve Shirt into Short Sleeves” by Shelley. This may help you figure out how to modify the sleeve pattern or the sleeve portion of the dress pattern.

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    I wish I was living in Spain
    Where the rain stays mainly on the plain

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    Where the rain stays mainly on the plain

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    Btmom, you can make an adjustable waistband by using buttonhole elastic. I get mine at JoAnn’s. It’s not very sturdy so I use a piece with 4 or 5 buttonholes and sew it to the end of the measured skirt elastic. I sew a 5/8″ button to the inside of the waistband beside where the elastic emerges from the casing. Choose a buttonhole and push the button through it. Measure the waistband and choose another buttonhole if necessary.

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    When will the new patterns arrive?
    I need some more to survive.
    A proper men’s shirt!
    Ladies’ jacket and skirt!

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    I’m in northwest Florida, and I don’t live near a large city, either. I get my patterns printed at a local blueprint shop that has a printer that prints pages 36 inches wide. They offer vellum, a paper that’s opaque and rather stiff. From Amazon.com I ordered a roll of tracing paper that’s 36 inches wide. This paper is more flexible than vellum and I can see through it. The first time I brought the roll in, the shop person had to move my paper to a core than would fit their machines. Now I bring my digital file (.pdf) and the roll of paper. The same or next day I pick up the remainder of the roll and the printed pattern sheet.

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    The Archer button-up shirt from Grainline Studio is not all that difficult, but it requires accuracy. It’s loosely fitted, not semi-fitted. It has long sleeves, but I’ve made short sleeves and versions with 3/4-length sleeves. Best of all, the collar isn’t too long for petites. Tamara, you can find Grainline Studio under the shop tab above.

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    I’d love a women’s version of the Sketchbook shirt and the Parachute Polo, with the collar the right size (not two inches too long). I’d like both short and long sleeves.

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    The Playdate dress with black on the bottom and sleeves with a white bib yoke with tucks on either side of the center. A tuxedo dress! The pattern goes up only to size 8, though.

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    I don’t use the method shown in the pattern, Amanda. Start and stop basting the piping or flat piping about two inches from the place where you want to join the ends. Take the left part of the unbasted piping and lay it down along the bodice seam to the join (underarm seam in this case). With a fabric marking pen make a vertical mark on the piping at the join. Do the same with the free piping on the right. If you have piping, trim the cording at the join on each side. Cut each piece of piping about a half inch after the vertical mark. Open each piece and align the right sides together and sew a half-inch seam. Trim the seam to a quarter inch, and finger press the seam open. If you have cording, replace it so the two pieces butt together at the join. Refold the piping over the cording, lay it down on the bodice seam, and finish basting the final four inches. I’m sure the way shown in the pattern is correct, but this works for me. I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures.

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    I, too, would love a Parachute Polo pattern for women.

    I’d also like a women’s metro t-shirt with a V neck. Could this be a tutorial?

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    You could make the collarless version of the Library dress. Also, I made a Playdate dress with 3/8-inch tucks on the bib. The tucks start on the line for the ruffle. There are 3 tucks on each side. I made tucks in a length of white fabric and then cut the bib from it. You could do a white tucked bib with buttons down the center and the rest of the dress black. You could use the inseam pocket pattern piece from the Playtime dress. I’ve used it many times for dresses without pockets.

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