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with Sara Alm
Online Class

Mastering Construction: Sleeves

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Build your sewing skills as you learn how to sew a sleeve for any garment alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. You'll gain an understanding of ease, see how pattern shape affects fit and get tips for setting in sleeves flat or in the round. Then, you'll discover how to customize the look of your sleeves with perfect vents and two types of plackets. Want to make precise cuffs easier than ever? Sara shows you how and even shares a few construction variations. Make sure your sleeves stay beautiful for years to come by adding stability and structure with shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Need an amazing finish for your armhole joins? Sara helps you sew the perfect attachment with flat-fell seams, standing-fell seams or bias binding. Round out your skills with techniques for sewing two-pieced sleeves like a pro and creating sophisticated finishes for sleeveless garments.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h48m

Included in this Class

1. Setting In Sleeves

1. Setting In Sleeves

Meet your instructor, pattern designer, author and teacher Sara Alm, and begin learning the fundamentals of constructing sleeves for any garment. Sara will help you understand ease and how the cut of your patterns affects fit. Then, she'll show you how to set in sleeves flat and in the round.

2. Plackets & Vents

2. Plackets & Vents

Sara explains how to sew a standard placket that's perfect for a traditional cuffed sleeve, and she'll take you through an alternative for smaller, tighter cuffs: the bias-bound slit. Next, you'll learn how to add a vent to a jacket, even if it isn't lined.

3. Mastering Cuffs

3. Mastering Cuffs

It's time to sew cuffs. First, Sara shares her method to make constructing a standard cuff easier and more precise. Then, she'll show you how to create equally beautiful alternate finishes with a facing or a bias-bound edge.