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The Long and the Short of it – sleeve proportion

Be it long or short, the upper limbs are encased in high fashion this coming season. Look for styles that flatter your proportion, choosing sleek lines for the short, fuller arm and dramatic fullness for the long, slim arm. Adjust the pattern proportionately to maximise your fashion statement and enjoy the frivolous nature of today’s sleeve trends!

Getting just the right fashion look is a matter of more than simple garment silhouettes. We need to look at all aspects of a style to determine its total suitability to our figure. Sleeve style is one such feature, often overlooked by the keen sewer. The length and width of a person’s arm greatly influences what sleeve types, armhole shapes, and shoulder lines an individual can wear to successfully complete a fashion statement. With the advent of a wide variety of new and interesting features at sleeve hemlines, what better time than now to look at sleeve proportion. As we approach the winter season, a continued emphasis on sleeve finishes is apparent so it will be helpful to work it out sooner rather than later!

How long is my arm?

To determine suitable

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