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eTee Conversion to Cap Sleeve

eTee Conversion to Cap Sleeve

Carol Scott attended Sew Kansas this summer and wore a really cute variation of the eTee that resulted from her running out of fabric! We asked her to share her process.

"I was a Fashion Design professor for 26 years and taught patternmaking, clothing construction, tailoring, design and pattern grading. Since retiring 9 years ago, I still teach knitwear design and machine knitting at seminars and for groups nationwide. Even in retirement, I still can't find the time to sew and knit as much as I'd like to!"

-Carol Scott, Guest Blogger

​When she didn't have enough fabric to cut the eTee sleeves, Carol had to get creative. She modified the pattern to have a cap sleeve and more of a scoop neck. Here are her changes for the pattern Front:

  1. ​Drop neckline at center front 1 1/2"
  2. Swing out neckline at shoulder 1 3/4"
  3. Draw new scooped-out neckline - don't follow original curve exactly (Carol's version was dropped 1 1/4" down at middle of curve)
  4. Make new shoulder line 8 1/2" long with the line rising above the shoulder at armhole by 3/8"

To make the cap sleeve shape:
  1. Measure down 2 1/4" from the lower armhole
  2. Swing out 1" from that point with a gentle curve​
  3. Then draw your sleeve hem as a gentle 8 1/2" curve from the new shoulder down to the new lower armhole point

And the back...

Here are the changes for the pattern Back: ​

  1. Drop neckline at center back 5/8" 
  2. Swing out neckline at shoulder 2" 
  3. Draw new scooped-out neckline - don't follow original curve exactly 
  4. Make new shoulder line 8 3/4" long following original shoulder angle 


To make the cap sleeve shape: 

  1. Measure down 2 1/4" from the lower armhole 
  2. Swing out 1" from that point with a gentle curve​ 
  3. Then draw your sleeve hem as a gentle 8 3/4" curve from the new shoulder down to the new lower armhole point

To complete the garment, Carol serged the sleeve hems and turned them back with a straight stitch hem. She finished the neck with a neck band per the instructions, but the new neck measurements are bigger, so be sure to cut a longer band.

We love it! Thanks for sharing your problem-solving idea for smaller yardage, Carol!

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Comments 4

 
Anne Rhodes on Thursday, 22 September 2016 23:14

Carol, that's a terrific adaptation! Thanks so much for sharing! Anne

Carol, that's a terrific adaptation! Thanks so much for sharing! Anne
Luisa Walden on Saturday, 24 September 2016 20:42

Hi Carol,
Very cute on you! How deep is your sleeve hem? With the serging & the hem, there does not seem to be much room with only 1" total at the underarm.
thanks!
Luisa

Hi Carol, Very cute on you! How deep is your sleeve hem? With the serging & the hem, there does not seem to be much room with only 1" total at the underarm. thanks! Luisa
Carol Scott on Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:44

I finished the sleeve with a wide 3-thread serged edge, turned it and topstitched.

I finished the sleeve with a wide 3-thread serged edge, turned it and topstitched.
Luisa Walden on Monday, 26 September 2016 02:57

Thanks Carol. Will try it.

Thanks Carol. Will try it.
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