Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn
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The Sleeve Sloper and Variations

Knit Top   Sweat Shirt   Bolero Jacket   Dressing Gown
Knit Top   Sweat Shirt   Bolero Jacket   Dressing Gown
Elbow Length Peasant Top   Short Sleeve Peasant Top   Scalloped Blouse   Period Fusion Blouse
Peasant Top, 150% Fullness   Peasant Top, 200% Fullness   Scalloped Blouse   Period Fusion Blouse
Instructions show how these sleeves can be made from the Sleeve Sloper.

The two sessions of this class include the following.

  1. Creating the Sleeve Sloper
  2. Sleeve Variations

The best way to start any patternmaking process is to understand the concept of why the patterns need to be shaped the way they do. For the Sleeve, I describe the basic concept in How to Make Sewing Patterns on page 79, 2nd ed. (page 71, 1st ed.) and in the video below.

An Introduction

This class is a continuation of the Upper Torso (aka Bodice) Sloper class. To follow the instructions for this class you should already have an Upper Torso Sloper that fits well. The sleeve pattern is based on the Side Seam of the Upper Torso patterns being located half way around the armscye curve from where the shoulder seam intersects with the armscye seam.

The first week includes videos showing how to create a sleeve sloper that will work with the Upper Torso (aka Bodice) Sloper. The same instructions can be used for either women or men. In the second week you will see how to use this sloper to create different sleeve variations.

How to Make Sewing Patterns cover  

We will be using my book How to Make Sewing Patterns as a course text. Specific references will be made to various pages in both the first (1977) and second (2016) editions of this book. For more information about this book, visit my website How to Make Sewing Patterns. You should also be able to check out this book from your local library or order it through

In addition to the basic Patternmaking Tools and Supplies you will need 1 yard of woven fabric for the sleeve. I recommend gingham. The best gingham to use is a pastel color so you can see marks and corrections. The 1/4" squares also make it easy to see how much adjustment you may need to make during the final fittings. Make sure that the gingham is woven with colored threads rather than plain fabric that has the gingham pattern printed on it.

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