Shirt Sleeve Pattern Making Tutorial

Learn how to draft the basic shirt sleeve block using the basic set in sleeve ePattern. The shirt sleeve block is a simple pattern that can be used to add some shirt design elements to your garments. In this tutorial, I show you how to reduce the wrist and elbow circumference of your sleeve to create a more contoured fit, add a custom cuff and sleeve slit or opening. I use the basic set in sleeve block that is automatically drafted by the Lab, however, this tutorial can also be applied to any of our other sleeve block tutorials. Check out the list below. Simply draft your desired sleeve block, reduce the length of the sleeve, add your split and draft your cuff.

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You do not need to draft any specific basic block to follow this tutorial. This sleeve drafting technique can be applied to any basic block that comeswith a sleeve. 


Draft or Download a Digital Basic Block

Follow along with our tutorials and learn digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator CC. Purchase and download one of our editable digital basic blocks. We have a few options for you to choose from...

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

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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. Julia Knie

    I am having exactly the same question. Is there a tutorial showing how to adjust the individual pattern parts: bodice & sleeve etc. to each other when altering the armhole?

  2. Julia

    Hi! i love the work that you are doing… i really enjoy illustrator and sewing patterns, so what a wonderful combination! Seeing the sleeve tutorials i miss one where you show us how to reshape de height and the width of the cap of the sleeve, for more relaxed and loose fitting to use with the bodice. If i reshpae the sleeve armhole i don´t know how to traduce that on to the sleeve. I hope i have explained well. Keep going with this project! its amaizing, Thank you very much.


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