How to Make a Cap-Style Sleeve


A cap sleeve is a sleeve that sits close to the shoulder, fitting the curve of the shoulder. This type of sleeve is very short, but it is more modest than a sleeveless dress or shirt. It can make an outfit more fancy or it can increase the formality of your clothing. Cutting a quick cap sleeve and sewing it to your dress or shirt is an excellent way to get a brand new look for an old outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Measure around the top of the armscye of the dress or shirt you want to modify. Measure from a point level with your armpit, over the top of the armscye and down to a point level with your armpit on the other side.

  • Measure around your upper arm where the sleeve will fall, and add 2 inches.

  • Cut an elongated half circle using the armscye measurement for the curve and the arm measurement as the straight edge.

  • Hem the straight edge by folding it up twice and stitching it flat.

  • Turn the dress or shirt inside out

  • Pin the curve to your armscye, pattern side of the fabric facing outwards.

  • Sew the sleeve into the armscye.

  • Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

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