Create a Custom Sleeve Pattern
In the SewStylish Fall 2008 issue, we show you how to create a basic shift pattern to fit your body in a weekend (for a downloadable version of the guide, click here).
Want to know more? Here, we show how to draft a sleeve pattern to match your perfectly fitted shift dress.
Adapted from Threads #131 "Add a Sleeve to Your Bodice" by Kathleen Cheetham
|More on sleeves:
• How to Fit Sleeves
• How to Draft a Square Sleeve Cap
• A Forgiving Bias-Cut Sleeve
• Add a Fluttery Sleeve to a Sleeveless Garment
• Add a Quilted, Zippered Cuff
1. MEASURE UP
a. To get started, you'll need your draped shift pattern a few arm measurements. Follow the illustration to take the correct arm measurements needed for the sleeve.
Bicep circumference: Measure around the arm, but don't pull the tape too tightly. Measure around the fullest part of your arm, about 4 inches below the shoulder.
Arm length: Bend your arm slightly at the elbow and measure from your shoulder bone to the wrist bone, passing over the elbow.
Length to elbow: Measure from the shoulder to the point of the elbow
Elbow circumference: Bend your arm again. Measure around circumference of the elbow.
Wrist circumference: Measure your wrist circumference.
b. Next, you'll need to add a bit of ease to a couple of your measurements to ensure a nice fit and make sure your sleeve won't be right up against your arm. Add 2 to 3 inches to your bicep circumference, 1 to 2 inches to your elbow width, and 1 inch to the wrist.