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Sewing Conundrum-Please Help!

February 27, 2017

I admit I am overly ambitious.

This week is Dr. Seuss week (since when is this a thing?) at my children’s respective schools. I came across this adorable fabric at 40% off and a 40% off coupon at Joann’s and it called to me. I had a momentary fit of delirium when I thought it would be possible to knock out two little girls dresses in a week (not to mention two ties for my sons).

It was all going along fine until I got to the sleeves.

The pattern directions call for a closed armscye (which is apparently a fancy word for armhole).  Here are the directions:


I’ve set them in on sweatshirt sleeve before but with ribbing that stretches. For the life of me, I can’t figure this out. It seems it would be easier (and less error proof) to set the sleeve in flat and then sew up the bodice lining and sides. (I’ve not been impressed with the directions thus far). I ripped out the stitching on one side to try a flat insertion:

open seam

But kept the other side closed in case I can figure it out.

closed sleeves


sleevePlease accomplished sewists, take pity on me. Can someone help with this problem? Photos or links would be a huge help. Thank you in advance.



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Hi, I like the Dr Seuss fabric. Lots of library promotions use Dr Seuss. My suggestion and this is what I have always done. Take your bodice sewn only together at the top of the shoulders, not the side. If you have already sewn up the side, rip them out. Iron all out and lay bodice out right side up on table flayed open. Then take your sleeve, all open not sewn up the side. Pin right side together to the bodice. Pin every quarter inch at least, adjust as needed to fit. Then sew in. Repeat with other sleeve.… Read more »

I have sewn plenty of dresses for the 3 girls and myself and dolls. Works for blouses and shirts too. I have even sewn all the way from dress hem up through sleeve bottom. Of course carefully match the major joints of bodice/skirt front and back and same with the underarm seams front to back.


that’s how I’ve always done it, may be worthy of continuing that trend

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