Ruffle sleeves are a huge trend on NYC’s runways for fall. They are also timeless and flattering! Watch tailor, Erin Hogan-Braker as she transforms a sleeveless long dress into a ruffle sleeve blouse. As a professional tailor, Erin is often asked to reshape garments to better accommodate clients design preferences. Taking fabric from one area of a dress to create sleeves is a great way to update the style of a garment already in your own closet.
Materials to sew ruffle sleeves
- Sleeveless dress (should be long enough to cut 2 sleeves, finished length will become a blouse)
- BERNINA sewing machine, we sew on a BERNINA 350 PE
- Ballpoint sewing needles (selection based on your garment fabric type)
- Thread (selection based on your garment fabric type)
- Chalk for marking
- Grid ruler
- BERNINA Blindstitch foot #5
- Sleeve pattern piece (any one piece sleeve pattern can be modified for this project)
- Soft touch with your hands & faith in your project!
Follow Erin as she creates a ruffle sleeve and lining pattern from an existing pattern, modifies the sleeve pattern for design preferences and attaches the sleeve onto a sheer base. Learn about basics of flat pattern design and draping, as well as sewing techniques like under stitching.
Erin will show you one version of a modified rolled hem, aka blind stitch. There are so many ways to finish a hem on delicate fabric. Tell us what your favorite method is in the comment section below.