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Date: 1/7/13 5:32 PM

All the years I've been sewing, I still can't figure out what the difference is between a Dolman sleeve and a Kimono sleeve...can someone enlighten me, please
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Date: 1/7/13 6:07 PM

Wonder no more

Sleeve types

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Date: 1/7/13 6:36 PM

Thank you so much I guess the dolman is also a set in sleeve.
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Date: 1/8/13 1:48 PM

I was JUST reading this:

Post by Gertie

She describes how she changed a pattern from a gusseted sleeve to a dolman sleeve; in one of the comments, she mentions that a kimono sleeve differs because it sticks straight out from the shoulder and provides more mobility.
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Date: 1/8/13 3:13 PM

http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/04/style-dictionary-kimono-sleeves.html?m=1

This is a Gertie blog page that answers your question in the comments section.








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Date: 1/16/13 5:08 PM

A dolman sleeve is usually more like a fitted sleeve but there is no armhole fitting. This can be close fitting to the body using darts or very loose. Its often cut as all one piece for the font and another for the back and only is joined as you sew up the side seam A kimono sleeve is also like that but it is a wide unfitted sleeve as in a Japanese kimono.Usually the pattern for the body has an extension to the shoulder almost like a cap sleeve. The rest of the sleeve is a rectangular piece that is then sewn on.I have often found the width to these styles overpowering so I just keep taking it in until it looks more proportional on me.
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Date: 1/16/13 6:28 PM

Here's a visual.

Both are cut-on, rather than set in, but the kimono sleeve is usually full at its hem.

Come to think of it, though, I wonder why the term 'kimono' sleeve is employed, because the sleeve of a kimono is always set-in, not cut in one with the body.

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Date: 1/19/13 9:20 AM

Thank you all so much. The visuals and explainations were very helpful.
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