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I need help with this one. The sleeves detach. But I only have it secured at the top of the shoulder. This creates a huge gap...that's okay...but the point is to stay warm if the sleeves are on. And I like the look of just one bow at the cap of the sleeve. I don't want three which is what I would need to secure the sleeve completely....thoughts?

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Comment by m on May 8, 2011 at 2:28pm
what about a few  jewerly clasps sewin in - like a arggHh! lobster claw and ring?  It seems so fitting.
Comment by Soozie Brendler on May 4, 2011 at 11:17pm
Currently on HBO? The Borgais and Camelot are being aired.  There are some costumes where the top of the sleeve are brought together by a type of ribbon. Maybe you can find a picture of these costumes????
Comment by Heather on May 4, 2011 at 8:49pm
I think it's perfectly acceptable to attach the sleeves with just one bow at the top.  I doubt it will make much difference in the warmth of the coat.  I make mid-18th century reenacting clothing, and it's very common for women's jackets to have detachable sleeves that tied on.
Comment by MartiB on May 4, 2011 at 6:46pm
Sleeve, what sleeve?  I was captivated with the size of this dress....are your really THAT thin?  You go girl!
Comment by Liz Jamieson on May 4, 2011 at 11:33am
@Sewbusy  the original pattern, Simplicity 2172, doesn't have the sleeves detach.  I decided to mod the piece adding pirate cuffs and a high collar instead of ruffles to turn it into a pirate coat.  I decided to make the sleeves detach because the weather is going to be pretty warm during the day and then quite cool at night so I wanted to make the sleeves detachable.  I'm also concerned as you pointed out about range of motion.  I like Pam's ideas or yeah, I may just go ahead and do more gross grain ribbon in two more places to tie the sleeve on.  I looked at a doublet design that does the same thing and kind of like it.
Comment by Pam Patterson on May 4, 2011 at 11:18am

put the buttons on the dress and small loops on the sleeve edge.

 

Comment by Pam Patterson on May 4, 2011 at 11:17am

What about adding a small button that has a loop attachment  instead of button h*** to the front and back armhoe area

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Comment by Suzie Lambert on May 4, 2011 at 9:50am
Go with the look that you like best.  If it is the one bow on the sleeve I agree with some of the other comments that you may be able to use small pieces of elastic hidden underneath to keep the sleeve attached and still give you the range of motion that you need for the proper fit of the sleeve.    I made a similar over coat a few years back and put button holes on the sleeves and cap to to tie the sleeves on.   Good luck!  Remember to post a picture when you finish so we can all see!
Comment by Vickie on May 4, 2011 at 8:48am

How about if you still use ties but hide them inside the sleeve when attached. The ties  wouldn't have to be as wide as the ones on the sleeve head. I'm thinking a grosgrain ribbon to make it easy. you could easily hide loops on either side of the armscye under that pretty  little cap. Love the design!

 

Comment by Sewbusy on May 4, 2011 at 8:02am

 Darling pattern!  It seams there is only a gap when the arm is extended - don't extend your arm :) 

Perhaps dark elastic could be used (tacked down when you would be tempted to use a snap.)  I think if you attach the sleeve in more places, you will lose your range of motion and the the sleeve will pull and not look pretty.  I suppose "pirates" had on a long sleeved shirt when they wore a coat anyway.

please show what you decide . .  .

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