What Is the Difference Between a Set-In Sleeve & a Drop Sleeve in Sewing?

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When it comes to sewing, a set-in sleeve and a drop sleeve are two entirely different things. Learn about the difference between a set-in sleeve and a drop sleeve in sewing with help from a fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Katrina Zarate from Funsie Studios and I'm going to be going over the difference between a set-in sleeve and a drop sleeve today. So, in sewing you maybe out there looking for that perfect pattern and seen those two descriptions and wondered what the difference was. Well, a set-in sleeve is a traditional sleeve you're going to see. It's something that you're going to have two separate patterns form for the sleeve. So, you're going to have a body pattern that looks a little bit like this, where the cut falls along the shoulder to the armpit, and you're going to have a sleeve section that will look something like this. The set-in sleeve like I said is pretty traditional and as a result, what you'll get in a shirt is you'll get a seam line that goes right along the shoulder down to the armpit and that's something you'll see pretty typically. However, in a drop in sleeve, you're going to see a very difficult pattern. You'll see something that looks a little bit like this, where the sleeve is actually cut into the body form. So, after you've looked at your pattern, this is the typical look of a drop in sleeve. You'll notice that the body meets the shoulder all the way down through the sleeve. You're not going to notice any seam lines. This type of shirt is really good for a loose fitting shirt, something that's flowy and has movement to it. However, if you're looking for something a little bit more form-fitted, something a little tighter, something a little more tailored, go with the set-in sleeve; that's really the cut you're looking for. So, the next time you're out there trying to find your perfect pattern for that shirt you really want to make, you'll know which one to go with. Thanks for watching; this is Katrina from Funsie Studios.

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