How To Make New Sleeve Styles From One Basic Sleeve Pattern

| October 12, 2015

If you’re in a sewing business, whether you sew for children or for women, you can impress your customers by letting them know you can “change up” their pattern by making different sleeve styles than just the one that came with the pattern.  A basic short sleeve pattern is great, but by changing it to […]

How To Make Raglan Sleeves

| September 8, 2010

          A raglan sleeve is attached to the garment by a seam that runs diagonally down from the front neckline to the underarm, and up to the back neckline.  This sleeve covers the entire shoulder (A) and needs some shaping device to make it conform to the shoulder’s shape, which is usually done with the […]

How To Sew A Sleeveless Armhole Finish

| August 18, 2010

Sewing a sleeveless armhole finish is not difficult, even for a beginner.  There are a few steps and basic instructions to follow, and you’ll find this a very good project.           Staystitch 1/8” inside the seamline of the garment armhole and the facing to prevent stretching (A).  Sew the seams of the facing as well […]

How To Make A Proper Fitting Sleeve

| August 11, 2010

Proper Sleeve Fit (A)   The shoulder line is an important matching point for the sleeves.  Unless you have an “off the shoulder” pattern, the shoulder line should sit exactly on top of the shoulder. (B)   The armhole size should be large enough that it will not bind the arms when moving the arms back and […]

How Many Sleeve Styles Can You Make From One Basic Sleeve?

| May 23, 2009

OR, can you add a  girly “wing” sleeve to a tank top????  Well, the girly wing sleeve tutorial was just so cute, I had to add it to this post.  Jona at Fabritopia  has written the neatest tutorial about adding a little cap type sleeve (she calls them wings) to a basic tank top “to […]