Getting Started – Pattern Drafting -Child’s Sleeves

So yesterday I showed you how to draft a pattern of a bodice using a current t-shirt that fits nicely, today I will show you how to draft a sleeve for that t-shirt. Now there are many ways to do this but this is my preferred method that has never failed me for what I need to sew it for and it does change depending on the garment I am making but I will come to that when I am making that garment for now this is how I do it.

Place your bodice pattern onto the end of a piece of paper, line up the shoulder stitch seam with the edge of paper it should look like this.

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Now that we have that lined up we need to draw along the edge of the pattern piece and add a little extra after the curve, this is your seam, it will help make sure you have a good fit and will also allow room for error, it can be trimmed away once your garment is complete.

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You can use your T Shirt to get the length of the sleeve and how wide you want it but i chose to go 3 inchs down using 1 inch for hemming purposes and 5 1/2 inches across remembering that this already has 1 inch seam allowance

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this is what your finished sleeve should look like, this can be cut out and added to the other patterns.

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We are now ready to test them for making a garment.

See you soon,

Sew & See

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