Adobe Illustrator tutorial showing steps to draft a lantern sleeve pattern.

How to Draft a Lantern Sleeve in Adobe Illustrator

Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator

Step into the world of digital fashion design with our Lantern Sleeve Pattern Making Project. This session is dedicated to turning a standard sleeve from a bodice basic block into an eye-catching lantern sleeve using Adobe Illustrator’s robust tools.

The magic begins by slicing the sleeve block into three distinct parts. By using the pathfinder tool, we remove the lower sleeve segment to set the stage for our lantern sleeve. The transformation continues as we slash and spread the upper sleeve into six even sections. This method is replicated on the middle sleeve panel to introduce the characteristic lantern sleeve puff.

The drama of the sleeve unfolds based on how far you choose to spread these panels. Your lantern sleeve can be as subtle or as bold as you wish, offering a custom look every time. With the pen tool, we redraw the upper and middle sleeve panels, adding precision to the flare. A final touch includes adding a seam allowance to ensure your pattern is ready for construction.

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Essentials for Following Along

Before we dive in, you’ll need a bodice basic block to keep up with this pattern-making project. We offer two types of basic blocks for your selection. Standardized basic blocks are ready for immediate use, allowing you to start drafting right away, though they might not match your measurements perfectly. On the other hand, a bespoke basic block, tailored to your specific measurements, offers a precise fit but requires time to create, as we’ll need 28 of your body measurements. Choose the one that best suits your needs!

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Standardized Basic Block

Start pattern making immediately

Visit our partner site, DesignLab.London, for a variety of bodice basic blocks available in multiple sizes. These serve as an ideal starting point or base pattern for your pattern-making project. Explore the collection, select your preferred style and size, and download it to proceed with your project.

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Bespoke Basic Blocks

Craft a personalized basic block designed for your unique measurements

Looking for a tailor-made basic block for this project? You’re in the right place. Construct your personalised basic block in the Lab by providing your measurements. Simply create a profile, input your measurements, and utilise this profile to design a range of basic block styles. You’ll need the bodice basic block for this project.

What’s Next?

You’re not done there though! If you want to share it online or print it off at home, you’ll need to add seam allowance and transform it into a PDF sewing pattern. Check out the projects below to find out how.

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  1. Name Alfonso

    Comentarios Buenos días, es estupendo todo lo que he visto pero no encuentro cómo medir sisas y cómo hacer para mover los puntos para hacer escalados. Muchas gracias.

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