Mastering Construction: Sleeves
Build your sewing skills as you learn how to sew a sleeve for any garment alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. You'll gain an understanding of ease, see how pattern shape affects fit and get tips for setting in sleeves flat or in the round. Then, you'll discover how to customize the look of your sleeves with perfect vents and two types of plackets. Want to make precise cuffs easier than ever? Sara shows you how and even shares a few construction variations. Make sure your sleeves stay beautiful for years to come by adding stability and structure with shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Need an amazing finish for your armhole joins? Sara helps you sew the perfect attachment with flat-fell seams, standing-fell seams or bias binding. Round out your skills with techniques for sewing two-pieced sleeves like a pro and creating sophisticated finishes for sleeveless garments.
Sara Alm started sewing dresses at age six, and she's never looked back. After graduating from the Apparel Arts patternmaking program in 2005, Sara has worked as a patternmaker, designer and sewing instructor at Apparel Arts. She also shares her passion for garment-making by teaching sewing and fashion to at-risk teenage girls. Sara is the co-author of "Famous Frocks," and her latest venture is launching a line of women's activewear.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, pattern designer, author and teacher Sara Alm, and begin learning the fundamentals of constructing sleeves for any garment. Sara will help you understand ease and how the cut of your patterns affects fit. Then, she'll show you how to set in sleeves flat and in the round.
Sara explains how to sew a standard placket that's perfect for a traditional cuffed sleeve, and she'll take you through an alternative for smaller, tighter cuffs: the bias-bound slit. Next, you'll learn how to add a vent to a jacket, even if it isn't lined.
It's time to sew cuffs. First, Sara shares her method to make constructing a standard cuff easier and more precise. Then, she'll show you how to create equally beautiful alternate finishes with a facing or a bias-bound edge.
Learn how to add structure and stability to sleeves for a better fit and polished, professional look. You'll learn the right way to use shoulder pads, without looking like you're wearing a football uniform! Plus, Sara shows you how to stabilize underarms and add sleeve heads.
How do you choose the right finish for your armhole joins? Sara explains why it all depends on the cap. She'll share her tips for perfect flat-fell seams and show you alternative options with standing-fell seams and bias binding.
Now that you've learned how to create beautiful sleeves from cap to cuff, it's time to expand your horizons! Sara will show you how to sew a perfect two-piece sleeve and explain when you should use it. Plus, she'll show you her favorite finish for sleeveless garments.