Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sleeves On Saturdays

 Converting The Shirred Sleeve To A Raglan Sleeve

Last week we did this Shirred Sleeve. I was asked about how to do this sleeve as a raglan sleeve as the raglan sleeve fits them better. There are a lot of nice properties to a raglan sleeve. Thye are easier to sew into the garment and they do lend themselves to a better fit over the shoulder. Next week I will show you how to draft a raglan sleeve. They are really quite easy and we will do a series on great designs that can be applied to a raglan sleeve.Today I am going to show you how to take the raglan sleeve and add the shirring detail at the cuff area.  
A typical raglan sleeve looks like the above pattern pieces, two separate pattern pieces with a seam running down the middle.
 For the sleeve I showed you last week, you would not want the seam running through the tab area, so simply cut the seam allowances off the center seam of the two sleeve pieces and match the two together.
 Make sure to add seam allowance back the the shoulder area of your sleeve.
Now do exactly as we did last week, you can see the instructions here.
 The final pattern for last week's sleeve looked like the above picture.
The raglan sleeve pattern will look like the above picture. Easy, easy!!
Good luck. Now you see how easily adoptable the sleeve really is.

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  1. I am really enjoying your sleeves series. It is extremely generous to share your expertise.

    1. Thanks gail, I really enjoy doing the posts. So glad you like them :)))

  2. Thanks so much for teaching these drafts. Very inspirational!