II. DETACHABLE SLEEVES

A . One Piece
1 yd fabric
1 yd lining
Ribbon or cord for loops
thread
(If you use a commercial sleeve pattern that indicates gathering, be sure to cut some of this off. You don't want the sleeves to pucker and gap at the top.)
1. Cut two sleeves and 2 lining. The lining can be of a contrasting fabric for reversible sleeves.

2. Sew side seams on all sleeves.

3. Turn lining right side out and place it inside of outer sleeve so right sides of fabric are together. Place a ribbon or button loop down between the two sleeves at center top. Pin and sew along top of sleeves being sure to reinforce at center top.

4. Turn sleeve right side out with lining inside of outer sleeve.

5. Turn up each wrist hem and whip stitch together.

6. Sew button or ribbon onto bodice shoulder.

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B. One Piece Variations
*opening at elbow
1. Follow sleeve A directions
2. Mark on each sleeve elbow point and cut a diamond shape as illustrated.
3. Clip and turn outer and lining edges inside of sleeve and stitch closed. Add trim around edges.


*opening from elbow to wrist
1. Alter your sleeve pattern and cut material as illustrated.

2. Cut two sleeves and 2 lining. The lining can be of a contrasting fabric for reversible sleeves.

3. Sew side seams on all sleeves to just below elbow.

4. Turn lining right side out and place it inside of outer sleeve so right sides of fabric are together. Tack a ribbon or button loop to outer sleeves at center top. (If you want ties instead lacing, place ribbons along seam now)

4. Pin and sew along bottom of sleeves and up either side to elbow.

5. Turn sleeve right side out with lining inside of outer sleeve.

6 Clip and turn 5/8" of sleeve top fabric and lining into center and.hand stitch closed

7. (Skip if you added ties in step #4)
Add buttonholes/grommets along sleeve opening from elbow to wrist

8. Sew button or ribbon onto bodice shoulder.

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C. Three Piece Sleeve
1. Make a copy of sleeve pattern and cut into three separate pieces. Remember to add seam allowance to the middle piece on both ends. This will compensate for the loss in overall sleeve length.

2. Cut sleeve pieces from outer and lining fabric.

3. If you plan on using ties or button loops to close the sleeves, now is the time to pin ribbons onto the outer fabric as illustrated, otherwise add grommets or button holes after the last step.
4. With right sides of outer and lining fabric together sew all 4 sides leaving an opening to turn fabric right side out. Clip corners, turn, press and whip stitch opening closed.

D. Two Piece Sleeve
1. Make a copy of sleeve pattern and cut into 2 separate pieces that separate at the elbow.

2. Follow step 2-4 above.

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