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Draft a Sleeve Block

Threads #189, Feb./March 2017
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Knit tops are a versatile, comfortable wardrobe staple-but if they don’t fit correctly, they can look sloppy or cheap. A too-loose sleeve and overlarge armhole create silhouette-obscuring folds. A too-tight sleeve isn’t especially flattering for most women and can feel restrictive to wear. For the best fit, make your own knit bodice and sleeve blocks, so you can design any garment style you like.

In this article from Threads #189 (February/March 2017), you’ll learn how to draft a custom sleeve pattern that can be used as is for a simple, close-fitting long sleeve or as the basis for other styles. This process is easy and fast-and it’s the first step to creating a wardrobe of knit tops that look and feel wonderful. 

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  1. user-6474368 | | #1

    I have been looking for two patterns that were in your magazine Sept #186 andFeb and March#189 and can't get either. I love this magazine but I'm tiring of looking for something this
    long. Don't think iam going to renew this time either!
    Thank you for nothing.

  2. eboli | | #2

    Symmetrical sleevecaps aren't the best solution even with knits as can be seen in the pictures. On the front there is too much fabric near the armpit.
    It's better to reshape the sleevecap. Take away some fabric from the front and add it to the back of the sleevecap. In other words N1 should be nearer to N, O1 more distant from O while L1 should be a lot more distant from L and M1 nearer to M.

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