Saddle sleeve dress


Have you ever tried a saddle sleeve? It's a type of sleeve looking a bit like raglan but more extended to shoulder line. It's rather uncommon, but we found this photo where the direction of stripes makes an amazing effect and we thought you might also like it!

To draft the pattern, start from a dress block with darts and basic sleeve and (we suggest) 10cm ease at bust.

You can sew this dress in any lightweight cotton or viscose and will be perfect for spring and summer!

Step 1

Trace a copy of back and front and adjust length first. Then flare from the sides 3 to 5cm and draw the tier line approx 15cm above hemline.

Draw the line for saddle sleeve starting perpendicular in center front few cm above bust point, then draw a very flat S shape to the armpit point.

Draw a similar line on back. and cut through the lines.

Step 2

Cut through the line and separate the upper pieces.

On front piece, close shoulder dart.

Save those pieces as they will be merged to the sleeve.

Step 3

Cut also through waistline and tier line, so you separate 3 sections: bodice, skirt, tier.

Square up from dart line in back bodice.

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