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Helene
Posted 2010-10-06 8:58 AM (#67625)
Subject: Sewing for a friend - arms especially


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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.

http://www.cottesimple.com/love_layers/cotehardie_collection.html

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.
Thank you!
Helene





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Cate - Gold Coast
Posted 2010-10-08 12:03 AM (#67805 - in reply to #67625)
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How about a vertical pleat from shoulder point to wrist?  Or sleeves that are gathered slightly at the top. this is coming back into fashion and gives some room.
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Mary Ide
Posted 2010-10-08 1:20 PM (#67859 - in reply to #67805)
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Just a thought--but can you do the 'lacing thing' under the arm too?
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TessainGabriola
Posted 2010-10-08 3:23 PM (#67870 - in reply to #67625)
Subject: RE: Sewing for a friend - arms especially



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Helene - 2010-10-06 4:58 AM
 http://www.cottesimple.com/love_layers/cotehardie_collection.html

 A fascinating site. I have sent it to my friend who will love it! Good luck with the dress. It will be very pretty.
Tessa
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