Setting Sleeves Part 1: The Basic Sleeve

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Setting Sleeves course. Setting sleeves can be a challenge and cause some hesitation in choosing a pattern to sew. In this course Cinnamon, Shari, and Donna will each share with you their tips, tricks, and techniques for setting sleeves. The hope is that after completing this course you will have the confidence to tackle any doll-clothes sewing project and set those sleeves perfectly every time!

The course will be divided into four installments.

  • Part One: In this section, Cinnamon will demonstrate setting a basic sleeve using the method that is commonly known as the "Shirt Sleeve". This method is setting a sleeve flat, attaching it to the bodice section first before sewing the side seam and underarm seam. 
  • Part Two: In this section, Shari will demonstrate how to set a gathered sleeve. Common issues are uneven gathers at the cap, unwanted tucks in the seamline, and overall shaping of the gathered design. Shari will tackle these topics!
  • Part Three: In this section, Donna will demonstrate how to set a "Tulip Sleeve" using her latest pattern design, Two Tulips, in the demonstration. Follow along to see how this technique is done perfectly every time!
  • Part Four: In this section, we will wrap up the topic with a few general sleeve setting tips plus show the difference of setting a sleeve in the round and finishing the armscye seam allowance with binding - a haute couture touch!


Let's get started with Part One: Setting A Basic Sleeve.

In this video Cinnamon will demonstrate how to set three basic sleeves. The first example, using the Free T-shirt pattern, will show a basic knit fabric sleeve. The second example, featuring the Button-Up Shirt pattern, will show a woven fabric sleeve with a shallow cap height. The final example,  using the All Occasion Dress pattern, will show the contrast between the Button-up Shirt sleeve and the higher cap height of the one in the All Occasion Dress design.

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April 29, 2023

The clipping of the set-in sleeve did wonders, had never seen it before but certainly helped in a doll jacket pattern I’m making. The jacket has princess seams so the video on curves was also quite beneficial. Thank you!


March 12, 2023

My granddaughter and I spent this weekend together on this sleeve SWC and Friends class. I cannot thank you enough for making the special times come to life. God Bless You all


March 07, 2023

Good tips for setting sleeves. However, I am not a fan of pressing the seam allowance towards the body, unless it is a shirt with topstitching, like for a men’s shirt. The sleeves hang better when the seam allowance is pressed towards the sleeves in most garments.

shirley welch
shirley welch

February 16, 2023

just joined the group really enjoyed the video. I did pick up some good tips on setting in a nice flat sleeve. thanks!

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