Costuming Charlie Brown: Puffy Sleeves

My goal with the sleeves was to make them as puffy as possible. I started with the actual sleeve pattern from the tunic, and made it almost twice as wide and a bit taller (basically figure 2 below).

Puffed Sleeveseverything you could ever want to know about drafting sleeve patterns, from vintagesewing.info

This is the part where I realized I didn’t quite have enough fabric (who knew 3 yards wouldn’t be enough…). So I had to cut the sleeves in two pieces, with a seam running down the outer arm. Fortunately it’s hardly noticeable with all the puff.

To make the sleeve puff, I gathered the top edge of the sleeve, and sewed it into the dress. Then I made a wide hem at the bottom, leaving an inch or two open at the underarm seam. I threaded elastic through the hem and tied it off at approximately the length to fit comfortably around my arm.

Puffed Sleeve

puffed sleeve! yay!

I’m really happy with how the puffed sleeves turned out – I think they’re my favorite part of the whole dress.

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8 Responses to Costuming Charlie Brown: Puffy Sleeves

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  2. Mihiri Kalansooriya says:

    I love these sleeve patterns!

  3. Thank you for these sleeve patterns, they are really helpful!

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  8. SHARON JACKSON says:

    This is very helpful information on the puff sleeve. What i intend to do is a puff sleeve but make it into a long sleeve , so it will be sort of a medieval sleeve, if you see what i mean. I have not seen any clothes in the shops yet that replicate this. I did notice that a lot of the Laura Ashley styles are coming in, big skirts with small and deep frills on the bottom (once again )
    Thanks again
    Sharon Jackson . UK .

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