A set-in sleeve
offers the closest fit in a jacket and is the most challenging to construct.
Place the sleeve head into the cap of the set-in sleeve
, matching the garment shoulder point to the sleeve-head shoulder point.
Next, assess the ill-fitting set-in sleeve to determine if it needs additional height at the sleeve cap, or width across the upper arm, or both.
Draglines that pull horizontally across the full upper arm of a set-in sleeve usually indicate that more sleeve width is needed.
It's quite understandable that for many sewists, a set-in sleeve
can initiate fear and frustration.
To alter a set-in sleeve, cut out the sleeve pattern and measure across the bicep, factoring in at least 1" of ease per the previous instructions.
Traditional set-in sleeves need to sit close to the armscye, making it difficult to ease in a sleeve large enough to accommodate the full arm.
Learn the simple steps to transform a basic set-in sleeve pattern into a tulip sleeve to add a charming touch to a top or dress.
* Blouse pattern with set-in sleeve (such as Butterick 5988)
Choose a blouse pattern with a set-in sleeve
near the natural shoulder line to create the look.
Rather than sleeves that include gathers, here are styles and options for a set-in sleeve
. For a set-in sleeve
, the cap seamline remains the same throughout the styling changes.
The one on the left is a "pretty print maxi, ruffled and sashed, with plain set-in sleeves