How to Make Ruffle Sleeves

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.

How to make a ruffle sleeve video tutorial

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)
  • Scissors
  • 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!

How to sew a ruffle sleeve tutorial

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.

How to sew a ruffle sleeve

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.

2 thoughts on “How to Make Ruffle Sleeves

  1. This was a great tutorial. I need to make sleeves for a flannel nightgown and these look perfect but without any lining. Wish I could have sewed like that at Erin’s age.

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