A one piece sleeve and cuff

April 3, 2011 4 Comments

A one piece sleeve and cuff

April 3, 2011 4 Comments
The sleeves for the Dora top uses a fun pattern construction technique that sews the sleeve and cuff in one piece. I first saw this in the book Metric pattern cutting and then I saw a different version in the Japanese pattern magazine Mrs Stylebook. The draft I used is a combination of both methods, and here I will show how it works.
First the sleeve is slashed and a horizontal dart is drafted. The bigger the slash the more gathers.
The finished pattern will look like this.
Cut the dart open.

This sleeve after the cutting is done

Next the upper part is gathered.

And the cuff is sewn together.
Close the dart by sewing the cuff and gathered part together.

Like this. Now the cuff is finished and all that remains is the hemming. I used a coverstitch since I’m working with jersey.

The finished sleeve. The assembly technique is something I figured out myself, since I couldn’t find a tutorial. But I’m sure there could be other versions as well.

Johanna Lundström

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  • Ann's Fashion Studio April 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    What a nice design detail!
    I like it 🙂

  • Antoinette April 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I've seen that kind of technique before, always in Japanese pattern books! But never tried it, so thank you for reporting back. Still in love with that amazing blue!

  • luckylibbet April 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Great and easy tutorial – thanks!

  • Gail April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I love this approach – pure simplicity.

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