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Vented Jacket Sleeve Adds Distinction

This enhancement instantly upgrades a garment from run-of-the-mill to designer quality.
Threads #182, December 2015/January 2016

A two-piece vented sleeve adds superior quality, functionality, and distinctive design interest to a jacket.

It takes only a few pattern changes to add this sleeve vent to a favorite jacket pattern, but the enhancement instantly upgrades the garment from run-of-the-mill to designer quality. Many ready-to-wear jacket sleeves have faux vents that don’t open. This true vent can be unbuttoned, enabling the wearer to fold the sleeve cuff up for style or function.

A jacket’s sleeve hem, in particular, shows the garment’s quality and the design’s level of detail.

In the below PDF article from Threads #182 (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016), Jacque Goldsmith teaches how to add a sleeve vent to a pattern. She then explains the construction steps for assembling the sleeve, mitering the vent hem corners, and installing the lining to cover raw edges. This method ensures a professional jacket sleeve.

You might also enjoy this Web Extra:  How to Draft a Two-Piece Jacket Sleeve From a One-Piece Pattern.

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