3.22.2018

How to Add Sleeves to a Sleeveless Top (or Dress!)

striped t-shirt with floral sleeves

When I first started to refashion garments in my closet, I would add sleeves to my sleeveless tops and dresses. This and lengthening dresses is what I first did when I began to refashion. Even though I've shown the tutorial throughout various posts, I decided to make an "official" tutorial post. 

While I do wear sleeveless tops on occasion, I prefer sleeves, so learning how to make and add sleeves was a must for me!

striped t-shirt with floral sleeves in floral background

Sleeves can be sort of tricky to draft, but this is a simple and easy way to make and sew your own sleeves. This isn't an official sleeve pattern drafting tutorial, but rather a method anyone can easily apply and use. While I was in school, I took pattern drafting classes and I realized I did not like pattern drafting at all, lol! To this day, everything that has to do with patterns is my least favorite part of sewing, such as tracing and cutting out patterns. 

I've used this quick and easy method since 2015, and it's worked for all my tops! :)




STEPS:


1. Fold your fabric in half and place your sleeveless shirt on top of the fabric, at a slight angle.

sleeveless t-shirt on top of fabric

2. Trace your new sleeve along the armhole (the purple dots). I use pins or tailor's chalk to trace.

sleeveless t-shirt placed on top of fabric

 3. When you're about to reach the end of the armhole, move back the armpit corner a bit and keep tracing. 
Then, keep tracing down until you have your desired sleeve length. 

tracing new sleeve

Here's a closer view: 

tracing new sleeve

4. Cut out your sleeves and sew them closed. 

new sleeves cut out

5. Turn your sleeveless top inside out and turn your sleeve right side out.

sleeveless top and sleeve

6. Place your sleeve inside your top, as shown below. 
The blue dots show the sleeve laying inside the top.
The pink dots show where the sleeve is pinned and sewed to the top.

sleeve pinned to the sleeveless top

Here is a closer look:

close up of sleeveless top and sleeve

7. Turn your top right side out and admire those new sleeves.

top with new sleeves sewn on

8. The last step is to hem your sleeves.
For hemming, I like to use a double needle.

close up of sleeve hem

New sleeves!
Not only is this an easy way to add sleeves to a sleeveless top, but now you can also switch up sleeves on other tops you may have in your closet. 
grey tee with striped sleeves
I added floral sleeves to this striped tee and added a matching floral ruffle.


striped tee with floral sleeves modest refashion

striped tee with floral sleeves modest refashion

When I added sleeves to this plain tee, I also added a matching pocket.
The possibilities are endless!

blush tee with white floral sleeve

blush tee with white floral sleeve

blush floral pocket tee modest refashion flatlay

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