Sew Guide » Draft & sew a beautiful { ANGEL WING SLEEVE}

Draft & sew a beautiful { ANGEL WING SLEEVE}

angel sleeves

Angel wing sleeve is a beautiful sleeve pattern with long tails on the sides. It is a flared sleeve and not a fitted sleeve. The tails are stitched on to the side seams with the help of a gusset or left to hang down. This is preferred sleeve pattern for girls dresses and look beautiful when made in flowy fabrics

One important thing to note when making this pattern for this sleeve is to make sure that you cut cloth on the bias.The length of the sleeves depends on your preference for the long tails that hangs down. 

Make pattern for an Angel wing sleeve

Mark a line on the top as S-T. Mark the center of this line at D

Mark a line B-C  1/8 of bust round down from the top line S-T. Mark the center of this line B-C as A

Mark A-B = 1/8 th of bust minus 3/4 inch

Mark A-C = 1/8 of bust round

Join the line B-D & C-D diagonally

From the midpoint of B-D U mark up to V at 1″.

From the midpoint of C-D X mark up to Y at 1 1/4 “

Join the points B-V-D & C-Y-D in a curved line.

 

butterfly sleeve pattern

 

Square down from B to F & C to G.

Mark 1″ to the sides from F & G at points E & H

angel sleeves

Join points E-A-H in a curved line.Now you will have to get some flare in the middle. From A cut till just before D ( so that the sleeve is not fully separated).Spread the middle at A by 3 inch.( If you want more flares add more than 3 inch)

angel wing sleeve

Keep the pattern on another paper and trace the new sleeve pattern around the spread out sleeve pattern. You will get a flared sleeve with butterfly wings.

This sleeve is best made in chiffon with a rolled edge. You can layer two sleeves one on top of each other for a different effect with a slight length difference

Sewing this sleeves to your dresses – Usually the sleeve tails are added to the side seams if you donot want the tails to hang down. If you donot want the closed look of normal sleeves a gusset is added in between the sides seams and this sleeve is added to the seams.

angel wing sleeves

angel wing sleeves

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Method 2.

Checkout this picture of Hermione Granger in her famous ball gown sporting the angel sleeves. This is a very easy fluttery sleeve. 

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Emma Watson

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Emma Watson

 

This is a sleeve which you can add to your sleeveless dresses, without ripping any seams, since this sleeve is not joined at the lower armhole. You can finish the edges and keep the sleeve pattern under the armscye and top stitch to add the sleeves to a sleeveless top. 

how to add sleeves to sleeveless tops/ dresses