So I haven’t posted anything in a while, I have been so busy with an exciting new project; I am currently making some beautiful pieces for the photo shoot for my website (I will update everyone once it is up and running) and my clients have kept my sewing machines rumbling with plenty of orders, no complaints there however 🙂 . Stay tuned because there will be loads of exciting news to share with you guys over the next few weeks and beyond *wink wink*.
If like me you do not like showing your arms, and I believe this is the case with so many women I come across, this tutorial might just be a life saver. The ability to add sleeves to ready made sleeveless garments is a very handy skill because it means you don’t have to pass up on that dress you wish had sleeves in the shop, you can be creative with the kind of sleeve and your fabric choice and it is a great way for a newbie to get used to working the sewing machine. so here goes……
chalk, or something to mark you fabric with
Measure the circumference right at the top of the arm, (Round Sleeve RS). Don’t wrap the tape too tight here because you will need a some ease.
Measure the circumference around your elbow area, (Round Elbow RE), do this by bending your elbow at a 90 degree angle and then measure.
Measure the wrist circumference, bare in mind that your hand has to slip in and out of the wrist comfortably, so if you are not using a stretchy fabric then you must make this measurement accommodate your hand (I usually make a loop with the tape and test for ease of entry)
Measure your sleeve length and your elbow length (watch this link as it shows you how to measure for freehand cutting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkywf2kGthg&feature=youtu.be )
Half the RS, RE, and wrist measurements
Cut out a piece of fabric that is the length of your sleeve+4 inches and the width of your RSx2 + 3 inches
Fold the fabric in half width-wise and press and in half again width-wise and press, you should have one edge that has two folds and the opposite edge should have a cut edge and a folded edge, the edge with the 2 folds are now the centre of each sleeve.
Working on the folded edge (cdenter sleeves) mark your sleeve length adding half an inch to the top and one inch to the bottom of the sleeve
Then mark your elbow length along the same edge.
Measure 6 inches down from the top of the sleeve centre edge and mark (this is the RS point)
Those are your vertical measurements for your sleeves done, now the horizontal measurements and remember you are working with the halved measurements now
from the RS point mark the halved RS measurement+0.5 inch horizontally
Do the same with the elbow and wrist from the previously marked round elbow and wrist points (the wrist is the bottom of the sleeve)
using a ruler draw a line the connects the RS, RE and Wrist marks
At the top of the sleeve freehand a curve that slopes down from the RS point and climbs up to round the top of the sleeve
This is how your sleeve should look, now cut it out and notch the centre edge at the bottom and the top. you are ready to sew your sleeve!!!!
To set in your sleeves, match the notch at the top centre of your sleeve with the edge of your shoulder seam and sew.
Here is what I made.
please send me pics of garments you reinvent with a sleeve addition, and message me if anything is unclear