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I ran across this great tutorial for sewing sleeves, which I want to share with you. Check it out over on The Sewing Directory. The tutorial is an excerpt from Merchant and Mills' new book Elementary Sewing Skills.

 

sleeves

 

We work a lot with raglan sleeves - as you can see in our Retro Raglan Jacket.

 

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A shirt sleeve hangs off the shoulder. We used this style sleeve in our Chinois Coat.

 

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A set-in sleeve is the classic style that sits on the top of your shoulder. We used this style in our Bell Sleeve Blouse.

 

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What is your favorite style of sleeve to use? I find the raglan style to be the easiest to sew. I remember the first time I put in a sleeve. I worked very slowly and carefully on the first side and it went in without a hitch. Or so I thought. I had a lot of trouble with the second sleeve for some reason but finally got it in. When I looked at the garment with both sleeves in I expected to see the second sleeve looking a little wonky - however it looked great! The first sleeve however, was on completely upside down. Sigh.

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