|As there is quite a volume of fabric to deal with edge finishing the fabric before you start constructing the sleeve is helpful. If you don’t have an overlocker you can set you machine to a zigzag stitch and finish the edge or use pinking shears.|
Create tram lines for gathering by setting the sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sewing 5 mm from the edge between the notches or where the ‘gathering’ is marked on the pattern. Repeat with a second line of stitches 20 mm from the edge. This allows the fabric to be pulled up using the top threads and creates a relatively speaking easy to control section of gathers.