How To Make SciFi Sleeves

If you don’t like sleeveless things then almost undoubtedly if you modify your clothes you have at least tried to add sleeves to something. Allow me to let everyone who doesn’t in on a little secret. Sleeves are the worst. I’ve seen them called Sleevils. Putting in a classic, smooth sleeve is torture. Gathered sleeves are slightly better, but they still come with a myriad of fitting possibilities.

So today I’m going to talk about the easiest type of sleeve to do. No gathering and the bias stretch has no effect. I’m talking about sci-fi sleeves. Now unfortunately I don’t have a good picture of them, because my family thinks that they look a little silly.

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Take a square of fabric that has a diagonal length that is the almost* same as around your armhole.

Cut the fabric on the diagonal.

Hem the four short sides. If the diagonal is not a bias cut zigzag its edge.

Now you have two sleeves, all ready to go into your shirt. Yay!!!

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An extremely fuzzy picture that shows the finished side view.

Mark the center of the long side with a pin.

If you are making the shirt from scratch: put the pin in the shoulder seam right sides together.

If you are putting the sleeves into a pre-finished shirt: put the pin in the shoulder seam with the right side of the sleeve facing the wrong side of the shirt.

Then pin and sew the sleeve on with your preferred method. (when I use pins I tend to put them well in the seam allowance so I can sew around them)

Make sure all threads are knotted and clipped. Iron it if necessary.

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I call it a SciFi sleeve because it give a silhouette like this.
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It is a little hard to tell, but you can see the sleeve sticking out in this picture.

*The exact length doesn’t matter to much as some overlap at the bottom of the armhole is fine as is a small gap.

 

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Wedding Photography Tips

Normally M would be the photographer of choice, but she was one of the bridesmaids, so I took up the camera. I’ve read plenty about how taking wedding pictures is different, but I’ve never read how it is different and what you should do to get good pictures without paying for a professional wedding photographer. I am not an expert, but I’ve realized a lot more about the subject.

1. Two photographers are better than one. One can be getting the pictures of the families and the wedding party while the other is getting more casual pictures. I was the wandering photographer which meant I was running after the ring-bearers a lot (they were so cute).

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The oldest of the ring-bearers enjoying an uncle.

2. Have the photographers come to the rehearsal. (and have them get pictures during it, because you may end up getting good  pictures in normal clothes) This way the photographers can learn where they can stand, where others will stand, how they can move, and how others will move. Like if the bride and groom run out of the building after the ceremony.

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Being at the back of the building at the end of the wedding was the right move.

3. Make sure your photographers will be there the whole time. G&P’s official one left because it was super cold so I ended up taking pictures of the cake cutting and the leaving. It was a little stressful and I know I missed some pictures.

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4. If you are getting your friends to do the picture taking make sure they know how to use the equipment. You may want to repay them (and get better pictures) by getting them a nice addition to their photography equipment, but make sure they have time to learn how to use the equipment well and quickly.

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I had just switched from baby closeups.

The fact is there are so many people wandering around, that you will miss shots. It isn’t like a one person shoot where you just point the camera at them and click. Or like group shoots, where people will take turns. Everything is happening all at once, games and reunions are all around. Try to get some of everything, but don’t stress.

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The youngest Bridesmaid taking some time off

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