In our Instagram feed, we sometimes share RTW (ready-to-wear) looks that we come across that would be easy to recreate with a Blank Slate Pattern. Here is one way to interpret the Rivage Raglan pattern.
There are so many different ways to make statement sleeves, and this bell-bottom sleeved sweater is a great one.
First, make your customized pattern pieces. For the sleeve, make a mark 4″ below the elbow-length cutting line. Trace the new piece or trim off the area below the line. You can always tape it back on later, to keep from having to reprint.
As shown, measure the lower edge of the new sleeve piece and add 2″ (5cm). Then, measure the length of the piece that was removed and add 1″ (25mm). These are the dimensions for your lower sleeve piece.
Create a pattern piece for your lower sleeve, or just cut two pieces of fabric with those dimensions. At the top edge, make marks as shown above. The middle mark should be centered along the edge, then the other marks should be 1″ (25mm) to either side of it.
With the fabric right side up, bring the pink marks in to the green mark to create a pleat. Baste along the seamline to hold the pleat in place.
With the sleeve and lower sleeve right sides together, and the pleat aligned with the lower edge of the main sleeve, sew the pieces together using a 1/2″ (12mm) seam allowance. Repeat with the other sleeve / lower sleeve.
Proceed with the pattern as directed.
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