The things that impact how puffy/full your sleeves will be:
- Material – The more stiff the fabric, the puffier the end result
- Length of the sleeve piece
- Width of the sleeve piece
II. First I cut out a basic pattern for the sleeve curve..
.. And measured its width – around 17 cm. I rounded that up to 18 cm.
To get my sleeve piece width, I multiplied that 18 cm by 4 = 72 cm. For the length I just measured down from my shoulder and the length I wanted was about 34 cm.
Then I took one of my sleeve pieces, folded it in half and placed my pattern in the top-right corner like so, to cut along the curve.
Opening back up I had this. I added a basting stitch starting and finishing about 8 cm from the edges (where you see the ends of the threads). Repeated for the other sleeve piece.
III. Before I gathered the sleeve, I did the shoulder seams of the top. Then I gathered enough for the length to match..
.. And pinned the sleeves in place + sewed them.
IV. Next I pinned the sides and sewed them.
V. And folded the hem of the sleeve, sewing a casing there (leaving a gap for elastic to go in). With a small safety pin I inserted my elastic, cut to a comfortable length to go around my arm.
So I did some quick cuffs. Just cut a piece of fabric twice as wide as the gathered end of the sleeve, and about 12 cm wide. Sewed it into a circle, pressed the halfway fold with my iron, and pinned right side to right side, sewing in place.
Then I had this. I folded the cuff along the halfway press..
.. And then again at the seam allowance and pinned in place on the reverse, where I hand-sewed in it place.
And had my ready cuff: