How to Easily Refashion Your Sleeves!

Hi! It’s Kara from While Camden Sleeps here to share an easy way to refashion some sleeves.


Ever have something that you would love if you could just change one thing about it?  That was me with this shirt; I hated the overwhelming sleeves!  They had to go.  Here’s what I started with:

Because the original sleeve was so wide, I couldn’t simply cut the sleeves and sew a hem.  They needed to be completely redone.

The first step was to remove the original sleeves using a seam ripper. (I should mention that I also took the shoulder seams in a little to bring up the neckline.)

Once I had removed the sleeves, I used the remaining bodice to draft a pattern for the sleeves.  I compared some similar shirts to help me determine what kind of a sleeve would work both with the style of the blouse and the behavior of the fabric.  I decided to go with a subtle cap-sleeve.

This is what the drafting looked like.

I used the bodice to help me draft the correct size and style for the new sleeve.  Where it says “fold” is where the pattern will be placed on folded fabric. Note that I traced the curve of the armpit area so the sleeve would fit properly.
The pattern ready to be cut. Note the extra space added for the seam allowance.

Once my pattern was ready, I used one of the original sleeves to cut the new piece.

Original sleeve about to be given a makeover.
Original sleeve after some serious cutting.

From here, I removed the pattern from my new sleeve piece, and carefully pinned the fabric onto the blouse.

The new sleeve pinned to the blouse.

After the seam was sewn and the hem was finished, this was the final product.

These sleeves are so much better!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you try it!

 -Kara from While Camden Sleeps

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    Dang girl! I wish I had your skill. That’s awesome!

    Vanessa Marquiss Barker

    So cute. This broadens so many options for this summer. Thanks

    Lauren Allen

    You are so talented! And you make it look effortless! I definitely have some old ugly shirts I’m going to try this with! Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah @ Pretty Providence

    I should really do this. I have a shirt almost the exact same style as that and I never wear it because of the long sleeves, it’s too hot for them 80% of the time where I live. Thanks for the tutorial! :)