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Just a sleeve’s length away

Sleeves, sleeves, the bane or highlight of your existence.  They’re funnily shaped and difficult to align, but as the fabulous lady in the below ‘how-to’ videos by Threads says, “no other garment part works as hard as a sleeve does!”

Types of Sleeves

Sleeve Chart

There are four main types of sleeves that adorn our hard-working arms:

  1. Set-in (sleeveless, cap, short, 3/4, long, cuffed, bishop, angel, bell, circuclar flounce, ruffle, butterfly, puff, leg-of-mutton!!, french cuff):  these are the most versatile and common, as you can see by the long list inside the parentheses, and fit into the garment’s armscye or armhole.
  2. Raglan: sewn separately from the bodice and joined in one continuous diagonal seam from the front neckline to the armhole and then to the back neckline.
  3. Kimono: cut as an extension of the main bodice.  Is normally very loose in appearance.
  4. Dolman: wide at the armhole, narrow at the wrist.

Proper Fit:

Since we really do swing our arms every which way during our busy days (hoisting babies up, folding laundry, thumbing paperwork, highlighting powerpoint text with a laser pointer, making our cat chase a laser pointer, raising our glass, picking up the remote, sewing in sleeves…), it’s important that we have a wonderfully proper fit of our sleeves:

Parts of Sleeve

  • Shoulder point: (A) sleeves should sit exactly on top of the shoulder (dividing front and back portions of the body).  It’s all about symmetry, lovelies.
  • Upper arm: (B & C) ease is most important in this section as we need, say it with me, FREEDOM of movement!  I know my rights.
  • Lower arm: (D) shapely, but not too tight, so darts and easestitching are our friends here.
  • Sleeve length: (E) nothing pairs better with symmetry than proportion.  They’re each others’ lobsters.

Technique:

For techniques on sewing sleeves in, the videos below can instruct you far better than words on virtual paper.  Plus the instructor is just downright spectacular.

For anatomy and life lessons (as well as Sleeves 101) watch this incredible video by Threads:

And then this one for the actual sewing of a set-in sleeve:

Happy sewing!

xoxo

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