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Date: 10/11/05 10:33 AM

does anyone have a good tutorial for how to draft a sleeve for a sleeveless pattern?

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Date: 10/11/05 11:14 AM

If you make a test garment of your pattern, add to the cross chest/back measurement (at 5" down from the side neck) and to the shoulder width. Take your sleeve pattern piece from another pattern. Pin it on to the body of the garment with the seams folded inwards, not to the outside! That way, when pinned you can see where the seam line falls and it looks like it is sewn out.

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Date: 10/13/05 4:46 AM

Normally a sleeveless pattern's armhole is cut higher in the 'armpit area'. So you may want to cut that lower from front notch to back notch.

If you want a fitted sleeve, here is an image that will help you understand how to use a sleeve pattern from another pattern. Ignore the title of the image, just take note of the measuring instructions.

Measuring Armhole for a Sleeve


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Date: 10/18/05 4:30 AM

Thankyou Georgene!!! I did this too and it worked out fine.

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Date: 10/18/05 7:38 PM

My favourite technique for adding sleeves to a sleeveless top is to morph the armhole from a pattern with sleeves in an appropriate size/style onto the existing pattern. By lining up waist and center front/back lines you can usually work out where to re-draw pretty easily. If the patterns are similar in cut, that usually puts the shoulder in about the right place, and the armhole is the right depth. For this method to work well, the patterns do need to be reasonably similar in the body.

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