Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego county, CA
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I haven't done that pattern but I have sewn kimono type robes before (as well as real kimonos). The sleeve looks like it has a gentle, flat s curve in it. It curves one way at the underarm seam and the other way at the shoulder notch. The armhole on the robe will only have one curve in it--more curved at the side seam and almost straight at the shoulder. The sleeves should be sewn in after the shoulders and the neck band are sewn but before the side seam. The side seam and the sleeve seam should be sewn as one seam after the sleeves are sewn in. Match the shoulder notch on the sleeve to the shoulder seam on the robe, pin. Do the same on any other notches (if there are notches for the front and back, the back notch will be double (wider) and the front notch will be a single notch). The sleeve will be about 1" longer than the robe. That allows for ease which is needed for arm movement and comfort in wearing. Sewing a gathering/easing line isn't necessary because the ease is small. But you can do one if you want. When you sew, sew with the sleeve on the bottom and the machine will ease in the excess for you. Also the cut edge of the sleeve is bigger than the seam line so the seam allowance will ripple a little.
Another thought. Are you sure that you cut both the robe and the sleeve the same size? It's a multi sized pattern and an easy mistake to make.
Chris--extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, APing, CLW, homeschooling before any of this was a trend mom to Joy (1/78), Erica (8/80), Angela (9/84), Dylan (2/98)