Maxine Sweater sleeve hack
As promised, here's an easy way to modify the sleeve on the Maxine Sweater pattern as I did in my last make I posted on Instagram/Facebook page.
I widened and lengthened the sleeve but left out the cuffs. As you can see from the pattern piece below, I made the width at the cuff as wide as it is at the bicep (armpit?). No changes were made to the sleeve cap.
I also added 7,5cm to the length, which includes the 3cm I folded up for hemming. The amount you add to the length may vary depending on your arm length and also your sleeve length preference, so please test this.
With the sleeve being so wide now, it was never going to have to stretch to fit my arm so I decided to hem it with three rows of regular straight stitch instead of using any stretch stitches. I love the way this looks and no coverstitch machine necessary. (Just as well, since I don't actually have one!!!)
The fabric I used for this is a beautiful french terry sweater knit fabric from faberwood.com and I'm so in love with it. This will definitely be a favourite item in my wardrobe.
I used the same sleeve modification when I made a Maxine Sweater with elasticated cuffs in blush teddy coat fabric . I did exactly the same but left a 2-3cm opening when hemming it, in order to feed the elastic through. This was a little while ago, but I believe the elastic was about 1.5cm wide. I've worn this loads and the sleeve variation just gives a different, more delicate feel to the garment.
If you haven't tried the pattern already and you'd like to give it a go, you can find it on my website in paper or digital format.
I hope you find this post useful.
Stay safe and happy sewing,