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Tips & Techniques > Drafting a dolman sleeve for a knit top

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Posted on: 7/11/07 3:27 AM
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I saw this type of sleeve on various RTW tops and I liked it, plus it makes a knit top even easier to sew, as it eliminates the sleeve seam.
How did I draft it? Took one of my knit tops patterns, folded the sleeve pattern along the shoulder mark on the sleeve cap. I marked on the bodice the seam allowances (the pattern is Butterick and therefore comes with seam allowances included) at the side seam and at the armhole seam. Similarly, I marked on the sleeve the side sleeve and the seam where the sleeve joins the body. See how I did here - I then marked with a dot the two intersection points: the one between the armhole seam and the side seam on the bodice and the one between the side seam and the sleeve seam on the sleeve - see the red dots in the photo linked above.
Using pushpins, I then matched the seamline drawn on the bodice neckline (at the shoulder) with the sleeve seamline (at the shoulder mark) and then the two intersection points. See it here -
I then decided on the length of the sleeve and drew directly on the knit fabric, around the new pattern (treating sleeve and bodice as one piece). I checked with one of my RTW tops and it's exactly the same sleeve, so I must have been doing it right!

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SewTwin said... (7/29/07 1:38 AM) Reply
I am behind, but this one was worth it!..I love dolman/kimono sleeves. I just bought a dolman sleeve pattern.I will copy this for my files.
Cecile Owens said... (7/12/07 11:43 PM) Reply
Excellent Instructions. Thanks so much for your detailed explanation.
Cecile Owens said... (7/12/07 11:43 PM) Reply
Excellent Instructions. Thanks so much for your detailed explanation.
martinanne said... (7/12/07 6:23 PM) Reply
Thank you! Genius! And I appreciate the photos. Helps explain what you're saying, for us visual learners.
Danvillegirl said... (7/12/07 5:26 AM) Reply
So simple and delivers great results. Good tip and helpful photos.
Patzee said... (7/12/07 2:15 AM) Reply
Love it. So often I really like a pattern but would prefer this type of sleeve. Nice tip!
Tany said... (7/11/07 1:49 PM) Reply
Very clever!!
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