How to Sew a Puff Sleeve

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Puff Sleeve


Step 1

To gather the puff sleeve, sew two rows of basting stitches between the two side notches. Gather between the basting stitches. 


Step 2

With right sides together align the sleeve to the arm hole matching the center notch with the shoulder seam . Evenly distribute gathers so the length of the sleeve matches the length of the arm opening. Pin in place.

Sew with a 1/2” seam allowance.  Finish the seams with a zig zag stitch or serger. Remove basting stitches. Press seam towards the bodice. Repeat for other sleeve. 

Step 3

With right sides together, pin side seams making sure the seams at the arm hole are aligned. Sew with a 1/2” seam allowance.  Finish the seams with a zig zag stitch or serger. Press seams toward the back.

Step 4

Press the raw edge of the sleeve under by 1/4” towards the wrong side of fabric. Press under again by another 1”.

Edge stitch along this folded line leaving a 2” opening to insert elastic. 

Step 5

To measure the length of elastic needed, wrap the elastic around your arm bicep and find the length that feels comfortable for you. We like it slightly looser. Add 1/2” to this measurement and cut your elastic. You will need 2 pieces this size

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed it through the opening you created on the sleeve until it is fully through the channel.

Step 6

When the 2 elastic ends meet, overlap by 1/2”. Pin in place and sew elastic together with a zig zag stitch, backstitch to secure.

Step 7

Distribute the elastic and stitch up the 2” opening so the sleeve band is fully encased. Repeat for other sleeve.

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