Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sleeves On Saturdays

One of the first sleeves that I did for Sleeves On Saturdays was the sleeve pictured below. You can find the original post here, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/03/sleeves-on-saturday_24.html
Last week I received an email from a follower with an attached photo that looked similar to the picture below. She said, "Please help!!! I don't know what to do." The solution is quite simple.
Just to review, we will go back over the steps. This time I am using a full size sleeve rather than my little quarter scale sleeve that I usually use.
Determine where you would like the pleats to be on the sleeve and draw in angled lines to the center. We are not using the full sleeve to draft, just half. 
Draw a line on a piece of paper and place the sections along the line, evenly spaced. I spaced mine 2"apart.
Fold in the pleats. As you can see, everything shifts when the pleats are folded into the sleeve. Begin at the cap and blend a line down to the underarm portion of the sleeve.
 Begin at the edge of the cap, being careful not to cut away any of the cap.
 Cut on the line that was drawn in and then unfold the pleated sections.
The final pattern. 
The original pleated sleeve was made out of a knit fabric, but one that has a considerable amount of body. 
I cut another out of a very drapey piece of knit fabric. You can see the difference in how the pleats fall.
I hope this explains any issues that you might have in drafting the sleeve. It's a very pretty sleeve that looks wonderful on everything from t-shirts to jackets, so I hope you'll give it a try.
Good Luck!!

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  1. How pretty! Thank you for the lesson. This may give me the appearance of having shoulders.
    Hugs, Joy

  2. Thanks a lotttttttttttttttttttttttt. for this tutorial. now i can understnd it very well. May god blesss you for all teaching , and bless you with more skills.

  3. If its used on a Woven fabric should I cut it on Bias??

    1. Hi Fahima, You don't have to, but cutting it on the bias will give the sleeve a lovely drape.

  4. Oh my goodness how cool. You have just made my day! I love this sleeve. I love dramatic sleeves period. Your amazing.

  5. I've always wondered but now I know. Thank u so much.

  6. God bless u ma'am for dis tutorial. Its highly explainable n educating. Thanks