lantern sleeve pattern making tutorial by patternlab

Lantern Sleeve Pattern Making Tutorial

This week we’re demonstrating how to draft a lantern sleeve from your existing digital bodice block and sleeve pattern. Drafting this lantern sleeve style is a relatively simple process. We start by slashing the sleeve block into three pieces using the pathfinder tool, we then remove the lower sleeve panel. Next, we slash and spread the upper sleeve block into six panels and spread them equally to create volume. We then apply the same technique to the middle sleeve panel. This creates a dramatic flare in the middle of the sleeve block. The amount the lantern sleeve flares out is dependent on how much the upper and middle sleeve panels are spread. Next, we redraw the upper and middle sleeve panels using the pen tool and finally add seam allowance. It’s a very simple sleeve style to draft and uses a range of tools in Adobe Illustrator. Definitely worth a watch!

You can draft this sleeve using any digital basic block that features a sleeve. This includes the torso and bodice block. You’ll need one of these basic blocks to follow this tutorial. Check below the video to see your download options. Enjoy! 

Download the Basic Bodice Block to Follow Along

You will need a basic block that features a sleeve to follow this tutorial and draft this basic lantern sleeve. We have suggested two options for you to choose from.

lantern sleeve pattern making tutorial by patternlab

Made-to-Measure Bodice Block

Draft a basic Bodice block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern (sleeve included).

lantern sleeve pattern making tutorial by patternlab

Bodice Block Pattern Pack

Purchase and download the Bodice block pattern pack from our sister site, The pack contains Ai, SVG and PDF patterns in Sizes UK 4 -24 (sleeve included).

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

Transform your finished pattern into multi-page PDF patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print, share and sell your patterns online. 

1 Comment

  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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