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« on: August 18, 2006 12:36:11 AM »

omg! I've been looking at alot of tuts on how to do puffy sheleve , i don't get it =(

like how the shape is curved at one end (armpit?)

i'll love it if next time someone makes something puffy, they could take photos, maybe that would help me lots!!!


« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006 03:37:53 AM »

The easiest way for you to make a puff sleeve is to start with a pattern.  The sleeve is naturally shaped low under the arm and in a high arch over the shoulder..actually it is like taking a square piece of fabric around the arm and then stretching it upward in an arch toward the shoulder...that results in the armscye. 

You can draft this curve under the arm and up the side with something called a French Curve but it is just easier to take a sleeve pattern that fits.  These plastic rulers are available in art supply stores (sometimes) and in fabric stores.

If the sleeve pattern is not puffy you can either make multiple slashes from the top of the sleeve down toward the bottom edge and spread the top...this gives a fitted bottom with a puffy top OR you can cut the sleeve completely from top to bottom several places and spread.  All the cuts need to be made evenly across the area of the top of the sleeve where it arches upward and between the NOTCHES of the sleeve pattern which fall about 1/'2 down the side of the arm.  The bottom of a puff sleeve is usually also arched slightly starting evenly with the area that you have slashed.  This feeds a little fullness back into the sleeve from the bottom to make it puffy.

Once you have the sleeve you want, you will have a couple of choices to make, either make a band for the bottom of the sleeve or run an elastic casing through the bottom of the puffy sleeve to pull it back toward the arm.  If you use the slash method that just spreads the top, you don't necessarily need a band.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006 06:14:01 PM »

Try this link:

It has lots of pattern variations and about 3/4 of the way down the page it's all about puff sleeve variations.  Basically has pictures that show what paroper was describing.

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2006 06:18:17 PM »

 I remember this question being asked before- I'd do a search on Craftster. Unless you're talking about tuts here being unclear? I've seen at least one with photos. 

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