Bishop Sleeve Pattern Making Tutorial

Learn how to draft a Bishop sleeve with our FREE digital pattern making tutorial. In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to turn a basic bodice block with a set-in sleeve into a Bishop sleeve and button-up cuff. First we draft the cuff, then we slash the sleeve block into six panels and spread them to create a dramatically flaring lower sleeve. Finally, we redraw the new sleeve over the existing template and then add seam allowance.

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You will need a basic block that has a “Classic” front dart to follow this tutorial and draft this sleeve.

To save time, click the button below. We’ll create a basic block (in the Lab) that already has this dart preselected for you. All you’ll need to do is select a profile or one of our standard sizes. Don’t forget to purchase your block as an ePattern and not a PDF! PDF patterns can’t be edited, they can only be printed on paper. ePatterns ar fully editable digital basic blocks. 

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Adding seam allowance

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