Remember my annoyance with this sleeve hem ? Your hems in general should be level with your wrist or if its a skirt parallel to the floor. This is always the case unless you have an obvious design feature as seen with the new swallowtail hems or those elegant sleeve points which fall down over the hand and attach to your ring finger.
But I am looking for a standard and correct sleeve hem and so I will need to make some adjustments to my Eva Dress 7482 pattern. So lets begin.....
This is what my sleeve hem looked like after making up the muslin. The dotted line is my hem line. The seam running up the center is my underarm seam which forms the placket at the hem. In modern patterns the placket is sewn as a extra piece. On this vintage pattern the buttons are purely decorative and this little placket closes up with a few snaps.
I begin by pinning my sleeve seam together along the stitch line. I can/need only do this for a few inches. Its a little awkward as it does not want to lay flat if I continue pinning to far up the seam.
Once I do this I can see that where the seam lays, it needs to be about 3/8" longer to be even with the front hemline.
Because my pattern tracing is done on household wax paper I can simply take a strip of wax paper and add it to the sleeve hem by pressing with an iron.
If you use paper of course you can tape your strip on.
Now I re-pin my sleeve seam....
Turn it over and cut through all layers along the front hem cutting line.
In this picture you can see where the buttons are supposed to go.
I open my sleeve once again and I can see my new curved hem line.
Now I trim the excess wax paper off the sleeve seam.
By the way that is my blouse fabric that the pattern is laying on, my favorite shade of red
Do you have pattern alterations that you commonly make that are not related to fitting?