I will be making Simplicity 5876 (a 30's bias cut dress) this week or the next, and I would like other sewer's recommendations on how to do the sleeves. The sleeves are a circle that's cut on the bias with a hole in the middle for my arms, so they hang like flutter sleeves. I need to know the best way to hem them without the edges rolling on me. The fabric I'm using is a crepe back satin that has about 3% spandex in it. Also, can I use all-purpose thread or should I use fine thread? I plan on sewing with a sharp needle. I just want this dress to turn out well. here' a picture of the sleeve instructions:
Thanks, Michelle, for answering. What you said to do sounds like it should work out great, but I will do a test on any extras, like you said. The stay stitching idea makes me very happy-anything to help with not stretching the edges. I know I could've Googled it, but I wanted to take advantage of the Sewing Circle to hear first-hand from other sewers:) My navy sundress (on my blog) had flutter sleeves that turned out o.k., now I guess I just need to take more time with my projects to do ironing, etc. when I should. Would you believe I found this hard-to-find pattern, uncut, for just under $5...I will let you know when a post a pic of the finished product.