Setting Sleeves Part 2 The Gathered Sleeve

Hi Everyone, in the previous video, Cinnamon demonstrated how set a
plain sleeve into an armscye. It is amazing how beautiful this simple sleeve can look when it is properly set. In this video, Shari is going to show you how to properly set in a gathered sleeve.

Gathered sleeves come in all shapes and sizes that range from a simple puff to a voluminous Gigot. The trick is how to neatly gather in all the extra fabric to fit in the armscye. The concept of gathering fabric is rather simple, sew one or more rows of long stitches inside the seam allowance where you want the fabric gathered and then draw up the stitching threads to make the gathers. For the best results, however, you need to understand how to control your fabric so that the gathers behave the way you want them to.

Looking for the patterns featured this week? Find them here:

Keepers Dolly Duds Bibbed Playsuit, available in three sizes!


Keepers Dolly Duds Regency Dress

Thimbles and Acorns Gigot Sleeve Dress and Beret Sleeve Dress patterns



Pam Hunt
Pam Hunt

February 24, 2023

I have been sewing for 60 years (some of them as a child, of course). You are never too old to learn a few new tips! I did know to stroke my gathers to make them even. I used a pin, as taught to me by my mom. But now, my gathers will look much nicer thanks to this video. I did not realize that I should use a zig-zag stitch on top or shorten my gathering stitch. I am trying that on the garment that I am making now. I don’t think that I will try a shorter gathering stitch on the bottom ruffle! It is VERY long. Thanks so much for this informative video!

Kathy W.
Kathy W.

February 16, 2023

This is my favorite kind of tutorial — ideas applicable to my current projects.

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