Have you seen the Crossover Tunic or Dress in my shop and thought about it but decided not to purchase it after all since cap-sleeves aren't your thing? You are NOT alone. I've decided to write up a quick tutorial on how you can alter the pattern to adjust for set-in sleeves. You can then use ANY of the sleeve options that are available in the Mix&Match Series at Jocole.com
Pssst I've written this out for the Ladies sizing ... but you can definitely use it for the girls sizing options as well. This can also be used on the Easy Cap-Sleeve Tee pattern.
Crossover Tunic or Dress pdf sewing pattern
Basic Empire Bodice pdf sewing pattern
Classic Sleeves pdf sewing pattern
pencil or pen
paper and tape
[Below] To start out, you'll need the Front and Back pattern pieces for the bodice from the Crossover Tunic and Dress Pattern [top with black lines] and the Front and Back pattern pieces for the bodice from the Basic Empire Bodice [bottom with blue lines] (available in the Mix&Match Series).
[Below] Lay the Basic Empire Bodice pattern pieces on TOP of the Crossover Tunic pattern pieces. Align the center front/center back, the empire lines and the side seam at the bottom. NOTE: The side seam at the armpit on Basic Empire Bodice will be LESS than the side seam at the armpit on the Crossover Tunic. The shoulder seam on the Basic Empire Bodice will be HIGHER than the shoulder seam on the Crossover Tunic.
[Below] The RED lines show the NEW lines you'll trace onto your Crossover Tunic pattern using the Basic Empire Bodice as your guide.
NOTE: The side seam at the armpit on Basic Empire Bodice will be LESS than the side seam at the armpit on the Crossover Tunic. The shoulder seam on the Basic Empire Bodice will be HIGHER than the shoulder seam on the Crossover Tunic -- if you already cut out your Crossover patter you might need to tape some paper along the shoulder seams to draw the NEW lines.
D-O-N-E ... now you can pair your Crossover Tunic or Dress pattern with ANY of the sleeve options available in the Mix&Match Series.
[Below] Drawing of the Crossover Tunic with 3/4 Sleeves [left] and the Crossover Dress with Long Sleeves [right]. I HIGHLY recommend using the Classic Sleeve option. It includes SIX different lengths: cap, short, elbow, 3/4, wrist and long sleeves.