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I’m a new sewer and have rocked along pretty well reading patterns and figuring them out by trial and error, but “sleeve vents” have me stumped. I can’t even figure out what they are by googling them- everyone seems to think you already know what they are.

1.) What IS a sleeve vent?
2.) Why do you “slash” it, and does that just mean cutting it?
3.)If it says to find where it is marked on the pattern, and there is only one small mark on the sleeve pattern about 2" in from the underarm edge, is that it?
4.) How far do you slash it? Most of the sites I’ve looked at mention 3-4" slashes- the marking on the pattern (Burda V-neck dress #107) is only about 1 cm long.

Please take pity on a newbie… this is my first major roadblock.




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    Aug 24, 2013, 01.57 AMby stefanisarah

    Hi Amanda,

    I’ve downloaded the instruction PDF for 12/2011 V-neck dress #107 from burdastyle.com. Is the sleeve vents in question is the one described in “Step-13”? If so, I think you can go ahead to Step-14 and ignore Skip-13. It looks to me that Step-13 is instruction to make sleeve vent for shirt sleeve, similar with sleeve placket. Now you can google the term ‘sleeve placket’. :)


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    Aug 26, 2013, 02.56 PMby katexxxxxx

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    Feb 16, 2014, 06.47 AMby motera

    Slash does just mean ‘cut’ but usually it is a careful cut on a specific line, not more , not less. For slash, always go by the pattern, not a standard or average slash of 3" of 4". it is exactly what the pattern says, if it says 1 cm , then do not cut/slash more or less than 1 cm.

    A sleeve vent it the opening in the body of the sleeve that allows the cuff to open. Some styles have a sleeve vent with no cuff, such as a biker style jacket with a zippered sleeve vent.

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    Mar 21, 2014, 08.39 AMby maggiemc

    Wow, this is good information.

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