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Hi all,

I’m making a stretchy knit version of the Sadie tank, but I would like to add sleeves. Because my fabric has such a nice drape, I would like to make sleeves similar to these “butterfly sleeves”:


with gathers where it meets the armhole, but the wide, flowy bottoms of the sleeves. I have a couple questions about doing this that I would like to have answered before I use any more fabric:

1. Are there any how-tos around the web that I can refer to?

2. I am assuming the correct order of construction would be to create the gathers and then sew the sleeve onto the top, correct?

3. Is gathering all that is required to give the sleeve the bottom that is wider than the top, or do I actually need to cut the fabric wider at the bottom?

Thanks for any advice!


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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.05 AMby mlssfshn

    If you will look here, you will see how it’s done, just leave off the band. These are actually called bell sleeves.

  • Wilbur_large

    Mar 22, 2010, 01.08 AMby aceydoubleyou

    Thanks, I will look into that! I thought bell sleeves referred to a longer version that encapsulated the whole arm, as opposed to only going partially around?

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.09 AMby mlssfshn

    I think your thinking of Bishop.

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    • Wilbur_large

      Mar 22, 2010, 02.48 AMby aceydoubleyou

      Do you happen to know if this list is generally correct in its descriptions of types of sleeves?


      Wikipedia isn’t a great source, but it would sure be handy if this article is correct…

  • 20150117_152733_large

    Mar 22, 2010, 05.03 AMby mlssfshn

    After reading it I do know it’s not complete, but I would have to do some research to check into the information to see if it is correct. I rarely use wikipedia because anyone can put up anything they want. Plus names aren’t set in stone for all sewing terms names change with time period.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.22 AMby victors

    Member Sunnie created a how to for tent sleeves. not a million miles from the look you’re after. http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/tent-shape-sleeve.. Might be a starting point?

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    • Wilbur_large

      Mar 22, 2010, 07.42 PMby aceydoubleyou

      Thanks, I will have a look!

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