Learn how to draft a basic shirt sleeve block 

Learn how to draft the basic shirt sleeve block using the basic set in sleeve ePattern. The shirt sleeve block is a simple pattern that can be used to add some shirt design elements to your garments. In this tutorial, I show you how to reduce the wrist and elbow circumference of your sleeve to create a more contoured fit, add a custom cuff and sleeve slit or opening. I use the basic set in sleeve block that is automatically drafted by the Lab, however, this tutorial can also be applied to any of our other sleeve block tutorials. Check out the list below. Simply draft your desired sleeve block, reduce the length of the sleeve, add your split and draft your cuff.

Tutorial overview

  • Reduce the total cuff circumference by 5cm, in turn reducing the total elbow circumference, to create a slimmer more contoured sleeve.
  • Redraw the curve of the underarm seam to create a more contoured fitting block.
  • Add a 3.5cm deep cuff (or custom cuff depth) to your sleeve block
  • Shorten the sleeve length to accommodate the 3.5 cm cuff
  • Add a back arm opening/ split and cuff
  • Add curvature to the cuff to create a smooth line over the wrist.

Additional tutorials?

Download the multi-page PDF templates. If you are not sure what these templates are, then please watch the above tutorial.

1 Comment

  1. Julia

    Hi! i love the work that you are doing… i really enjoy illustrator and sewing patterns, so what a wonderful combination! Seeing the sleeve tutorials i miss one where you show us how to reshape de height and the width of the cap of the sleeve, for more relaxed and loose fitting to use with the bodice. If i reshpae the sleeve armhole i don´t know how to traduce that on to the sleeve. I hope i have explained well. Keep going with this project! its amaizing, Thank you very much.


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