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Unread 04-17-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Tips for tight-fitting sleeves

So I'm starting work on my costume for Fanime (finally got material, yay!). But the gown has close-fitting sleeves that I want to ask about before breaking out the pretty black chiffon I picked out for them.

Here is a reference image to what I'm making. Maybe I'm just not searching properly, but I can't find any sort of good tutorial for that sort of sleeve. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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Hotlinking doesn't work for that site. Can you link to the actual article with that image or upload it as a forum attachment?
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Unread 04-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Sorry, it was still showing up fine on this computer. Fixing it right now.

ETA: To be safe, saved it to my own source and placed it as an image. Let me know if that doesn't work, I'll try a different link.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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When a design is pretty much just painted onto a character's body parts without accounting for the physics of real clothing, you have two options: a stretch fabric, or interpreting the intention of the artist rather than the actual art of the design itself and therefore finding a style of sleeve that will fit well without being skin-tight.

You're probably looking for a two-piece sleeve pattern, which is rarer for women's garments but possible - maybe look into historical patterns for a two-part sleeve. Either way, the sleeve won't be as skin-tight as if you were making a body-hugging sleeve out of a stretch fabric, but it will look nice and at least conform to the intent of the design: a close-fitting sleeve.
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Thanks so much for the info, Capsule. That's a big help.

I'm a real airhead. I just realized I can link to the pattern and ask about sleeves that way. So here's the pattern I'm basing the costume off of. If there's a way to omit the ruffles at the ends of the sleeves and extend them full-length, would that work? http://www.simplicity.com/p-2098-costumes.aspx
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The elbows are where the size of the sleeves and lack of stretch will matter most - I'd suggest making them out of cheap muslin first.
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I would be wary of just extending the pattern - Simplicity tends to use the same ill fitting sleeve for every pattern. I've found this to be helpful. This might be useful too.
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Thanks for the sleeve links! I've been looking for a good sleeve tutorial for a while now. And I agree, Simplicity's sleeves are horrendous; I used the same pattern for a different costume and the sleeves felt really wonky.
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Oh my god twiterpert I am so bookmarking those THANK YOU.

Amusingly, I have that pattern you linked, Angelic_Sabyne, and I know that the upper portion of the sleeves did fit my roommate rather well when she used it. But yes, the elbow-on-down is where you'll have the most problems with pull, constriction, etc, so I'm guessing those articles and tutorials will help a lot in solving the overall sleeve problem.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 02:01 AM   #10
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The cap height will have a lot of impact on your ability to move your arm - so if you get frustrated or your first draft doesn't work out, that's something you might look at.

You might also consider cutting the sleeves on the bias for that "stretch" that the bias typically gives.
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I just had an idea... it's kind of cheating but it would be a bit easier than making a fitted sleeve. If you can find opaque black footless tights in the girl's section, the largest size (usually size 12-14) should be long enough to fit almost anyone's arms. Just cut in half along the crotch seam and it just needs to be sewn onto the torso, and since it's nylon it will stretch at the shoulder and elbow. Using footless tights means there is less hemming to do too. I used tights as sleeves when I had lot's of body painting to do, but I imagine it would adapt nicely for this particular costume.

I'm not entirely sure if the red on the sleeves is a design or from two-tone fabric. If it is a simple design you could try cutouts with a red tights beneith (these tights for example: http://kudrel-cosplay.deviantart.com...est-356436706). Or if it's two tone it might work layering a sheer black on top of red tights.
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