one of the things i've been promising to make a tute for a while for is the humble sleeve. easy enough, unless you've never done one before and then OH GOD it's baffling. so, let me assist in de-baffling you. or baffling you even more, cause it's harder to explain than to do.
firstly, you'll have made the body of your top. it'll already have sleeve holes, if you have arms, which i'm assuming all of you do (very hard to craft without them). so fab. half your work is already done, and you didn't even know it:
so you need to find out how big the armholes of your top are. there's an easy way to do this, and a hard way, and the easy way doesn't involve doing it one-handed while taking a photo of the process with your other hand:
nevertheless, we can see that my armhole measures about 6 inches. i say about cause i'm using a cotton lycra jersey which is really stretchy, so half an inch here or there is not vitally important, cause you can stretch it to fit as you sew.
your next step is to fold over your fabric, cause we're going to be cutting the sleeves on a fold. half the effort, and you know that the shape will be even.
the folded edge is along the bottom in this picture. you then need to cut the edge of the sleeve that will meet the armhole, using an elongated s shaped curve like the one above. it doesn't have to be totally spot on, as long as it's the same kind of shape. the cut you will make is the length of the armhole meaurement you just took plus seam allowance. so my cut is 6 inches long, plus half an inch for the seam.
IMPORTANT: using the same measurement will only work if you are sewing with stretchy fabrics. if your fabrics are not stretchy, you will need to allow more room around the arm for movement, so your s-shaped curve will need to be longer than the armhole measurement and be gathered before attaching it. if i go into how to do that too, this tute will be longer than life itself, so i'll assume everyone's down with the stretch.
now you have to decide how long and how wide you want your sleeves. measure from the tip of your shoulder to where you want to sleeves to end. use this measurement along the bottom (folded) edge. then measure around your arm at that point. halve the measurement and add seam allowance and use that to cut the cuff (smaller) end. the join the cuts to get a shape like this:
open it out, and you now have one sleeve piece.
cut another identical piece (or, if you're sneaky like me, you will have cut on a double fold, so there'll already be two. hurrah!).
take one piece, and fold it longways, with the right sides together. sew the long, open edge, so you have a tube shape with a little extra at the top end, like this:
now take the body of your top and turn it inside out. take your sleeve piece and turn it with the right sides out. put the sleeve piece into the armhole, with right sides together, and match up the seams. like this:
then match the raw edges of the armhole and the top edge of the sleeve piece, and sew them together. it's easier to pin them in place so that your sleeve will be attached evenly, but i haven't done this cause i don't really need to, and cause i tend to just injure myself on the pins anyway cause i'm the clumsiest person you've never met.
it's pretty hard to see when the sleeve and your body piece are the same colour, but that's the jist of it. a better idea for the tute would have been to do the sleeves in a different colour, but it's a bit late now. if anyone gets really stuck, i'll take some more pics the next time i do different colour sleeves.
and yes, there is an old phone behind my sewing machine. no, i don't know why.
ANYWAY... if you turn your top to the right side, you should see that you now have a set-in sleeve. yay! now you just need to do the other side. boo
if anyone here does only have one arm, not only will i be really impressed by your unilateral crafting, you'll also save yourself a lot of time sewing sleeves. bonus.
and now, presenting the finished article:
i noticed after these pics that the shoulders are a little loose, so they've been fixed, but the only real difference is that now it stays on my shoulders instead of disappearing halfway down my arms
and it looks uneven on my boobs because i have uneven boobs. true story.EDIT: oh, and in the title i mean the sleeves are simple. the tute is really chuffing complicated