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with Suzy Furrer
Online Class

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves

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Create custom-fit woven and knit sleeve slopers and use them to design more than a dozen sleeve styles with Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer. Build patterns for basic sleeves, tailored sleeves with elbow darts and two-piece sleeves for a jacket or coat. Draft a short sleeve with an anchor and hem, a three-quarter-length sleeve with a cuff, a mutton-leg sleeve with pleats or darts, and more. Tackle bell sleeves with varying degrees of fullness. Create chic cap sleeves, eye-catching tulip sleeves and luxurious lined sleeves. Design sleeves with a placket, pleats and a cuff — perfect for a button-down shirt. Plus, learn how to draft a bodice and sleeve with a drop shoulder. Reach your patternmaking potential! Draft custom sleeves like a fashion designer.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 4h17m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Getting Started

1. Introduction & Getting Started

Meet your instructor, Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, and consider the changes you'll need to make to a bodice sloper before you start drafting your sleeves. Suzy reviews the pattern modifications needed for a blouse, dress, jacket or coat, then goes over the key measurements you'll want to take for accurate sleeves.

2. Basic Sleeve Sloper & Tailor Sleeve

2. Basic Sleeve Sloper & Tailor Sleeve

With your measurements in hand, you're ready to draft a sleeve sloper that will serve as the base template for your sleeve designs. Suzy walks you through the drafting process line by line, and shows you how to true up the sloper to your bodice pattern's armhole. Then try your hand at drafting a tailor sleeve, which includes a dart at the elbow for ease of movement. Finally, double-check your final measurements and preserve your sloper by transferring it to sturdier paper.

3. Two-Piece Sleeve & Sleeve With Vent

3. Two-Piece Sleeve & Sleeve With Vent

A two-piece sleeve, with or without a vent, is common on jackets and coats. Learn how to draft a two-piece sleeve with the seams just where you want them and make an adjustment to compensate for the arm's natural bend. The add extensions to create a vent with buttonholes. Suzy shows you how.

Recommended with this class

  • Bodice sloper
  • Awl
  • Drafting curve
  • Muslin
  • Tracing wheel
  • Optional: Dress form, identifying stamps, notcher, pattern hooks, pattern punch