Types of sleeves

Sleeve varieties

Fashion Types of sleeves, Images and description:

Angel sleeve: A long extensive sleeve which typically hangs loose from the shoulder portion.

Batwing sleeve: Batwing sleeve is a type of long sleeve with a deep armhole and tightening towards the wrist. Also known as a “magyar” sleeve.

Bell sleeve: Bell sleeve is also a long sleeve fitted from the shoulder to the elbow part and quietly flared from elbow onward.

Bishop sleeve: Bishop Sleeve is a large sleeve which is fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the cuff portion.

Butterfly sleeve: Butterfly sleeves are originated on Filipiniana; it is the national costume for women of the Philippines and the dresses or formal blouses that begin at the shoulder and get wider towards the hem line of the sleeve but typically it won’t go more than 4–5 inches.

The variation between butterfly sleeve and Bell sleeve is, that butterfly sleeves frequently won’t go entirely around the full arm but whereas bell sleeve is full sleeve mode.

Cap sleeve: Cap sleeves are very short in length and it is covering only the shoulder part and not enlarging under armpit level.

Dolman sleeve: Dolman sleeves are a type of a lengthy sleeve which is extremely broad at the top and slight at the wrist area.

Gigot sleeve or leg o’mutton sleeve: Leg o’mutton sleeve is also called as Gigot sleeves. This type of sleeve is extremely wide over the upper arm and slim from the elbow to the wrist.

Fitted point sleeve: A sleeve that is long and narrow and it ends in a spot hidden against the back of the hand.

Hanging sleeve: A sleeve that opens down the side or front, or at the elbow; the reason is to allow the arm to pass through…..

This sleeve technique was used in the period of 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.

Kimono sleeve: Kimono sleeves slash in one with the clothing in a wide sloping shape which is related to that on traditional kimono.

Paned sleeve: Paned sleeves are applied in the centuries of 16 and 17. Kimono sleeves are finished in panels that permitting a facing or shirt-sleeve to visible through.

Puffed or puff sleeve: Puffed sleeves are short, which has approximately ¾ length or full sleeve that is gathered at the top and bottom; currently the largest part of this type sleeves can often seen on wedding occasion and children’s clothing.

Raglan sleeve: Raglan sleeves enlarged up to the neckline  portion.

Set-in sleeve:   Set-In-Sleeves are sewn into an armhole.

Two-piece sleeve:   A sleeve that cut in two pieces – inner and outer, to allow the sleeve to take a fine “L” shape to hold and provide the natural curve at the elbow without crinkles or creases; this method mostly applied in tailored garments.

Virago sleeve: A full “paned” sleeve which is gathered into two puffs by a ribbon or fabric band above the elbow; it was mostly worn in the period of 1620s and 1630s.



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  1. Anonymous says:

    very interesting and useful article.

  2. Linda Ogbujieze says:

    i would have loved to see the pictures of each type of sleeve. Good work though

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