Screenshot of drafting a straight sleeve pattern in Adobe Illustrator with highlighted sleeve panel.

How to: Draft a Straight Sleeve Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator

In this straight sleeve pattern-making tutorial, we demonstrate how to draft a simple straight sleeve pattern using the bodice basic block’s sleeve panel. The basic straight sleeve block is a very simple pattern and is used to add very slight shaping to the sleeve, to create a more contoured fit. You can use this tutorial to add more contouring to your sleeve by reducing the circumference of the elbow and cuff. You can also create a 3/4-length sleeve and short sleeve by cutting the pattern along the “Short Sleeve” or “3/4 Length Sleeve” guidelines.

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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.

Screenshot of Adobe Illustrator showing the 'Offset Path' function being used to add seam allowance to a basic block of a halter-neck swimsuit pattern.

Learn How to Add Seam Allowance to Your Patterns

Learn how to add seam allowance, to your basic blocks and finished patterns, in Adobe Illustrator, using our simple pattern making tutorial.

Computer screen with a digital pattern making program, Adobe Illustrator open, showing a dress basic block pattern, on a desk with modern design tools.

Master Pattern Making Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

Transform Basic Blocks into Precision Finished Patterns

Learn the fundamental techiques of pattern making with our Free comprehensive pattern making in Adobe Illustrator course

Screenshot of a dress basic block layout in Adobe Illustrator, showcasing the process to create PDF sewing patterns.

Learn How to Create PDF Sewing Patterns

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


  1. lydia

    Amazing work. keep up! am impressed

  2. Smile

    Thank you all for your amazing work. I hope that your website won’t be very expensive after the limited free time is over.

    • patternladmin

      Hi Smilptiss, Thanks for your comment…
      You’re very welcome! I’m so happy you love the product and glad it can be of some use to you and your projects.
      Don’t worry, we firmly believe in providing a useful tool that is affordable. It is the main reason why we started this company in the first place. That being said, we want to grow as a company and produce yet more products for our customers, but we need to generate funds in order to do this. It’s finding the right balance that makes the difference.


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