With the original Amélie Dress, I found that, although I loved the look of the fitted sleeves, I was lacking in mobility when it came to moving my arms up and down. After a lot of research and playing around with different ideas, I decided to add a pair of optional gussets to the updated pattern. These gussets gave me the look of a fitted sleeve that I loved, but with the mobility to move throughout my day unencumbered that I craved.
Adding the Gussets to the underarms of your sleeves is completely optional, however, I find that the increased arm mobility is totally worth the few extra steps!
Before starting, finish the top edges of your Front + Back Gusset pieces as well as the head of your Sleeves via pinking, zig-zag stitch, or serging.
With RST, pin the Front Gusset pieces to the sleeve front, lining up the straight edges and the dots. You may find that you need a lot of pins to get these two curves to work together.
Sorry for this slightly out of focus image - my head got in the way at one point, haha.
Sew the Front Gusset to the Front Sleeve making sure to stop right at the dot and backstitch.
Repeat with the other Front Gusset + Sleeve, then again with the Back Gussets and Sleeves.
You will wind up with a new sleeve piece that looks like this:
There should be a little unattached bit right beyond the dot, which will help us when attaching our sleeves to the Bodice armhole openings.
Press your Gussets upwards.
And that's it for today! Attaching the actual Sleeves with the Gussets in the next step might get a little tricky, so be sure to get a little rest and come back ready to tackle Part 4 - Attaching the Sleeves.
I just send you a message via IG! I am so sorry for my delay- my internet & computer were not being kind to me today so it took much longer than I anticipated to get this day’s post up!
Just wondering what time on May 9th this post will be live? I am sewing the Amelie and I am to this point in the instructions; I can’t figure it out without pictures. Thanks :)