Raglan Sleeve Pattern Making Tutorial

Learn how to draft a basic raglan sleeve with our FREE digital pattern making tutorials. In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to turn a basic bodice block, with a set-in sleeve, into a raglan sleeve. Creating a raglan sleeve is a fairly simple process. We slash the bodice block from neck to mid armhole and then transfer the slashed upper shoulder panels to the sleeve head. Once in place, we smooth the lines of both sleeve and bodice block to create a stylish comfortable fitting sleeve.

“A raglan sleeve is a sleeve that extends in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone.

It is named after Lord Raglan, the 1st Baron Raglan, who is said to have worn a coat with this style of sleeve after the loss of his arm in the Battle of Waterloo. The Raglan sleeve was invented by coat producer Aquascutum for Lord Raglan to allow him room to use his sword in battle. It gave greater movement to the wearer, instead of the usual sleeve head which was prefixed.

The raglan mid-length sleeve is a popular undergarment (worn under the jersey) for baseball” – Wikipedia

 

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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