Posted 2010-10-06 8:58 AM (#67625) Subject: Sewing for a friend - arms especially
My friend asked me to make a spiffy dress for his wife (also my friend!). It will be a surprise. The first time she will put it on will be moments before she goes out in front of hundreds of people. I can normally pull something like this off just fine, but my friend has lost about 150 pounds in the last year (stomach surgery) and so I don't have a pattern that fits her. Her husband has promised to try to steal something for me to measure and pattern from. The biggest problem I think I will have is that her arms are still very large due to the skin that is left. Her armpits are normal, but her biceps are large.
This is the type of dress. I have some lovely wool that has a bit of a stretch. There are no darts. There are 4 body seams, center front, center back and each side. My friend prefers not buttoning dozens of buttons, so I think I am just going to fake buttons up the front. I am thinking of putting a gore in each side under the arm, with possibly a lacing over it for final adjustment to fit her body (think tennis shoe).
But how should I do the sleeves? and how should I set them into the dress? A Leg of Mutton sleeve would do the trick, but it isn't medieval (unless someone has documentation, then I am set!) I don't want to make the armhole too large - it would look odd.
Any advice is welcome. I have until January.