Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sleeves On Saturdays

The Barrel Shaped Raglan Sleeve
Once you have drafted a raglan sleeve, there is almost no limit to an array of design possibilities. The sleeve I am sharing today starts with the basic raglan sleeve which we drafted here, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/10/sleeves-on-saturdays.html. A raglan sleeve is basically a sleeve with a large dart on the shoulder. For this sleeve we will be rotating some of the shoulder dart into the mid section of the sleeve. It's a very easy sleeve to draft.
In the picture below, you can see the bowed out mid section.
To draft the sleeve, begin with the basic raglan sleeve pattern.    
 Draw a guide line across sleeve at the mid section.
Cut sleeve pattern in half.
 Draw a guide line on your paper. With the sleeve touching at the point of the raglan, rotate sleeve, opening up large dart at the hem of the sleeve. Be sure to spread equally on either side of the center guide line and also be sure not to overlap the raglan area where you are rotating. The sleeve should only be touching at that point.
Slash the mid section guide lines to the edge of the sleeve, but not through. Over lap the slashed lines until the wrist lines meet the center guide line.
The final pattern. Cut sleeve apart along the center line. Be sure to round off the points on the underarm seams which I have shown in red. If you would like a more exaggerated barrel shape, bow out the center line as I have also shown in red.
This sleeve is beautiful on a coat as well as a jacket. I will use mine on a casual t-shirt, so it is really quite versatile.
The sleeve has fullness in the mid section with a nice tapered wrist. Easy to draft and easy to wear. What could be better?!!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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  1. This VERY morning, I was searching the internet on "how to draw a raglan sleeve". Turns out what I really wanted was a "dolman" sleeve. I get those two confused all the time. Do you have a tut for a Dolman sleeve? This raglan pattern is great. Thank you.
    Hugs, Joy

    1. Hi Joy. I post all of my sleeves on a Pinterest board, so you can easily find them there. Here is a link to the dolman sleeve post that I did, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/09/sleeves-on-saturdays_22.html

  2. Nice sleeve RhondaI My weekend is over now :( But I had fun fabric shopping! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Very cool sleeve! I can definitely see it on a coat. Thank you for sharing the technique!

  4. Hi, Ronda! Great sleeve as usual!

  5. Cute sleeves and awesome technique. .. thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you teacher. I love these reglan sleeves.

  7. I love what you did with the sleeve. I couldn't get the link to work. I would like very much to see that tutorial. I have never been able to draft a raglan sleeve with the directions I have. I just can't make it come out. Maybe I'm not understanding the directions. I don't have as much experience as you do.

  8. I think I found the tutorial! I went to your Pinterest boards and looked and there it was! Keep up the good work.