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.
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).
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
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.