A fast update before I go away for the weekend. I’m so determined to stay true to the period that I had an “Aha!” moment in the middle of last night!
I have to break my habit of falling back on what I know as the only possible solution. The whole purpose of the 1930s Sew-along with Norma is to learn new skills and problem solving approaches.
I realized this as I tried to alter the draped sleeve again. It still is too tight. But rather than draft a sleeve based on the 1950s origins of the French Fashion patternmaking technique I decided to try drafting the sleeve from the 1932 book “Dress Cutting” by Margaret Ralston. I made a few changes to the way the sleeve cap was drawn. For the alteration to reduce the cap I used an alteration mentioned in the 1930s draping book. This might be the solution. I’ll have to try but at least it’s truer to the period.
I may end up with a draped bodice and a drafted sleeve but it will all have originated in the 1930s. If the sleeve works out I’ll share how I made a few changes so that it would work with my drape. Sometimes using different systems is tricky but maybe I’ll get lucky and have a good result.