Archive for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

December 18, 2012

Since we were on shoulders last week, let’s continue with some shoulder hints and helps. If your shoulders don’t fit and feel right, then the whole garment is just not comfortable.

Shoulders can be wide and broad, or short and very sloping or rounding. Many times, the perfect answer is the raglan sleeve. The top of that sleeve begins at the neck, so it is much quicker to do. There is no seam over the shoulder to under the arm.

There is nothing better than raglan sleeves to soften that too-square shoulder look. It also eliminates that ‘set-in’ sleeve seam, which is a problem for those with heavy upper arms.

The raglan sleeve also has a cut-away dart at the neck edge and on the shoulder (would-be) seam line, which allows the shoulder and upper sleeve more room for movement. It really is quite comfortable.

You’ll find the same seam in many coats, allowing more room and comfort for that sweater or whatever you’ll be wearing underneath. We certainly do need to layer our shirts, sweaters, vests, and jackets this time of year.

A good hint for those jackets or coats that have belts, especially in school wear: just sew little strips of fabric fastener in the center back of the garment and on the belt itself.

Wishing you all a very blessed, merry Christmas and happy New Year.

— Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, KS  66086;


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