How Sleeve Changes Silhouette of a Garment?

Sleeve silhouettes keeps on changing and evolving over a period of time. Sleeve Changes silhouette of a Garments and produce new types of fashion styles.

Today’s garments are designed with a wide variety of sleeves, which cover greatly in look and in method of construction. A garment for example, may have armholes that are just finished, producing a sleeveless look, or it may have sleeves, either SET IN or RAGLAN that are separately made and attached to the garment.

Still another possibility is KIMONO sleeves which is a cut as extensions of the main bodice.Set-in sleeves are the most widely used type. As the name indicates ,this sleeve is actually set into the armhole edge. They can be of either slightly rounded or fully gathered, the length long or short, the bottom tapered, flared or gathered. shoulder cap ideally they should fall in a smooth curve from the shoulder edge with no lumpiness or wrinkling. To achieve this, the sleeve cap curve must be carefully pointed into the armscye.

Sleeves that fit well are good-looking and comfortable. The circumference of the basic sleeve should be loose enough so that it does not bind nor has folds horizontally around the arm.A tight sleeve apart from being uncomfortable makes normal arm movements impossible.The Sleeves can be used for changing the silhouette of a garment.

There are Two major classifications of sleeves:

  1. Set in sleeve – Where sleeve is cut separately and attached into the armhole of the bodice.
  2. Raglan Sleeve – Where sleeve is part of the entire bodice.

Basic Types of sleeves 

Here we are going to see some basic sleeves.

Cap sleeve:

mini sleeve

These just away from the arm and can be formed in a variety of ways. It is usually designed for a bodice, dress or blouse.CLICK HERE to check CAP SLEEVE construction and sewing instruction.

Puff Sleeve:

Actor Nayanthara sleeve

Theses type of sleeves are developed by adding fullness to the sleeve’s width. They can be of any length desired.

Bell sleeve:

priyanka chopra sleeve

Bell sleeves have a smooth cap and an unconfined hemline flaring out in the shape of a bell. The bell may be developed into any length and flare desired.

Leg-of-Mutton Sleeve:

technical sleeve

This sleeve is developed by expanding the bicep and cap area,tapering the fullness towards the elbow level.

Raglan sleeve:

sports sleeve

The raglan sleeve pattern is developed by including part of the neckline and armhole to complete the sleeve draft. They can be designed for bodice, dress, blouse, jacket, coat etc.

If you want to know about other types of sleeves CLICK HERE.

You are going to learn about each sleeve’s detailed draft and sewing methods in our following tutorials. Puff sleeve is our next one…

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