Shortcut for Easing a Sleeve CapKenneth D. King shows a no-sew trick that eases a sleeve section for easier placement in the armhole
Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King reveals a clever method of easing a sleeve cap seam allowance before inserting the sleeve into the armhole. This no-sew technique, which Kenneth calls “cheater’s ease,” works best with crisp fabrics like cotton shirting.
How does easing a sleeve cap work?
It involves manipulating the fabric to crimp the seam allowance. This strategic wrinkling of the sleeve cap’s edge builds shape into the cap. Cheater’s ease is a time-saving trick that’s worth practicing.
Alternative to ease stitching
Kenneth’s method offers an alternative to ease stitching a sleeve cap. Watch an ease stitching demonstration in the “How to Sew a Sleeve” video. This video also includes step-by-step instructions to help you complete sleeve installation.
More information about sleeves
To find out about the many sleeve styles you can create from a set-in sleeve pattern, see “Sleeve Styles 101.”
More sewing how-tos from Kenneth D. King
Kenneth has written numerous Threads articles and hosted many videos that provide step-by-step instructions and plenty of sewing inspiration. Discover some of them here. They include everything from how to install a nearly invisible zipper to a close look at what he carries in his little black traveling sewing toolbox.
Kenneth is a sewing and couture expert and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He also teaches at his studio in New York City and travels extensively in the United States, teaching fitting and couture sewing techniques.