Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Wedding Dress Sleeves -- How To Make Petal Sleeve Pattern

I'm doing pretty well
on this wedding dress.
I'm right on schedule
of where I want to be.
There is just over 2 weeks left
until the wedding,
and I feel that I can
actually get this done afterall!
I'm came to a stand still
waiting for a fitting
and then placement of the lace,
so I decided to jump ahead a bit
and go ahead and get the
sleeve pattern drawn
and the sleeves ready for
the lace that will go on them.

The bride
wants petal sleeves.
This is one style
of petal sleeves to give you an idea
of what we are talking about here.

The only difference between the
sleeve that I am actually making
is that the petal "lap"
will be towards the back
of the sleeve
instead of the front of the sleeve
as shown here.

I put together a little picture tutorial
to show you how I did this pattern to come
up with the sleeves that will
go on this dress.

 You will need to find a sleeve pattern
to work with.
In this case, I found a short cap-like sleeve pattern.
I did actually lengthen it about 1/2" in length
to make sure there was plenty of
sleeve coverage that she needed.
The demo pattern does not have that added
amount to it.
You will then need:
* paper or tissue paper
(I used copy paper because I ran out of the tissue paper)
* pencil and eraser
*scotch tape
(if using the copy papers)
* a French curve ruller
 If you are using copy paper, tape it together to
produce the surface you will need to
lay the pattern out completely.
Carefully trace around the pattern
including any notches.
This is rather important because it will
help you know which is the front or back of the sleeve.
If you don't know this already, the front of the sleeve
is always indicated with a single notch.
The back of the sleeve will always be indicated with a double notch.

 I then fold the pattern in half
matching the seam ends (under the arms)
and crease the pattern marking the pattern in half.
Lay the French curve about midway
between the center of the sleeve and the back notch
and trace a line.
Flip the French curve over
and trace a second line half way between
the center of the sleeve and the front notch.
 When you do this, make sure that
the two lines intersect
at the center crease.
Then, and this works better with tissue paper,
lay another layer of paper over the new pattern.
Trace the front of the pattern piece only.
You will have a shape something like this.
Label it 
Add any grain markings. 
 Cut out the back pattern piece
from your orginal drawing.
Label it
and mark any grain lines.
 You would then cut out
2 petal sleeve fronts
2 petal sleeve backs
both in fashion fabric
a lining fabric.
To line these up correctly once you have
applied the lining,
place the petal edge about
halfway between the notch
and the center of the sleeve.
There should be a smooth
curve at the top of the sleeve.
You would then baste together
the two sleeve pieces
and inset the sleeve using
your favorite technique.

Sorry if this tutorial seems a bit
I kind of rushed it because I'm under the
deadline that I am but
I felt it was worth sharing
in case anyone wanted to try this sometime.

Sew Happy,

I am sharing this tutorial
with a few of the linky parties
found on my Linky Party page.
Check them out!


  1. Very nice tutorial. I'm just learning to sew, so I don't think I'll be up to this quite yet, but hopefully someday. Check me out at Ninth Street Notions sometime if you want.

  2. Well, you made that look easy!

  3. I LOVE those sleeves! I wish that I had them on my wedding dress. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  4. Thank you, thank you!! I have been searching for a petal sleeve pattern.

  5. Thank you! I am sewing a shrug jacket for a wedding dress and this was so helpful.

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