Bishop Sleeve is a long sleeve, gathered at the hem to a fitting plain cuff band or an elastic cuff. The sleeve is quite fitted at the armhole but gradually widens as it reaches the hem, where the fullness is contained with the cuff.
A bishop sleeve can be slightly full or It can be very full and billowy and made in a flowy drapey fabric. The Bishop sleeve can create a very feminine silhouette for your garment.
4 main types of Bishop sleeves
Bishop sleeve with plain cuff
Usually the bishop sleeve ends with a plain band at the hem – the sleeve edge is gathered and attached to a band.
A narrow band.
Or a wide band.
Bishop sleeve with plain cuff and simple placket opening
The band of the bishop sleeve can have a simple placket opening and the band will have a button opening.
Bishop sleeve with cuff gathered with elastic smocking
The end of the bishop sleeve can be gathered with elastic thread smocking. You can check out how to shir fabric like this with elastic thread.
Bishop sleeve with an elastic band
The Bishop sleeve can end with a simple elastic band.
Half Bishop sleeve
You can learn here how to sew this kind of sleeve.
How to draft a Bishop sleeve
Draft an ordinary sleeve and mark parallel vertical lines on the sleeve. Check out this post on drafting sleeves.
Cut out the lines.
Keep your sleeve pattern on another piece of bigger fabric. Spread the cut lines.
Mark around the sleeve.
Cut through this new outline. This is your new Bishop sleeve pattern.
Check out related posts on sewing plackets on sleeve hem.