The result is worth it - a tailored look and a well-made garment.
Thank you, Mom, for teaching me to set in a sleeve. I hated it when you were teaching me , it was tedious & boring, and I really didn't do such a good job at the time. Of course I was about 13, so that came with the territory, I guess - sorry about that, Mom.
Now, there are other directions I've seen, such as running a basting stitch on the sleeve to ease it around the curve. And some would do it with the underarm seam already sewn - now that's just making it even harder. This is the way I know, and even though it only took 33 pins this time around (sometimes it takes many more), the technique is worth it. I'm used to it now, having done it many times, and I thought it would be fun to show off a work in progress.
Here it is, the underside/lining of the sleeve is facing you, pinned to the armhole.
And here it is sewn, having progressed at a very slow speed so as to allow for removal of pins and shifting of fabric every few stitches.
And finally, I turned it right side out so you could see the general idea of what it is you've been looking at, although it hadn't been ironed or understitched yet.
I serged the seam, and then went to make some Crazy Crust Pizza with Canadian Bacon, Pepperoni & Onions for dinner - a savory reward!
And for the curious reader, this champagne silk holiday design should be making it's debut this coming week during a special Lilyplum launch...