Raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve which is joined to the bodice with a diagonal seam which starts from the neckline and extends to the underarm. This diagonal seam as opposed to a set in sleeve moulds the shoulders and makes for a very forgiving and appealing sleeve pattern.
There are many different types of raglan sleeves depending on the position of their joining to the bodice
Regular Raglan sleeve pattern
Take a regular bodice fitting your figure or a top you already have which you intend to add the raglan sleeves to. Checkout the basic bodice pattern here.Keep it on fold. Measure the neckline and shoulder seam.
Make a sleeve pattern as per the pattern below.
To make a sleeve – Start by marking a straight horizontal line E-F. Armhole depth as per bust round can be marked as 7.5″ ; this is the measure of E-F
Mark C up from E at a height of 3.5 inch
Mark down from C to the sleeve height you need at M . M-N is marked as half of sleeve round + 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Mark half of E-F at H . Join straight to the line C-D at G. Divide the line H-G inot two. Join F to C in a gentle curve going through this mid point.
After the regular sleeve is made make a raglan sleeve
Extend the sleeve’s top edge as follows to make the raglan sleeve pattern
Mark up from C to A – shoulder seam of the bodice + 1/2 inch
A-B = 1/2 of the neckline of the top measured above + 1/2 inch
Join B to F in a soft curve or straight. Cut out and open.
Bodice for joining the raglan sleeve
How to add the raglan sleeves to your bodice
Cut out the sleeve pattern . If you want to, give a small curve at the top edge
Join the sleeves and the bodice in the following pattern
Finish the sleeve hems; Bind the neckline with bias tape ; join the side seams and do the hem. Done . It is the easiest dress ever.
Flared raglan sleeve
This is a fairly loose raglan sleeve and should be made with a drapey fabric. You can add this to any top which is cut to include a raglan sleeve.
This is a one size fits all ( for adults ) raglan sleeve . Checkout the raglan sleeve top pattern and tutorial for more details on this sleeve.
Updated on July 25, 2022 by Sarina Tariq