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How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // A Dove blouse tutorial

How to sew flared and bell sleeve cuffs! Thorough tutorial by Megan Nielsen Patterns shown on the Dove Blouse sewing pattern

Today i’ll be showing you how to attached flared sleeve cuffs on the Dove blouse! If you’ve ever sewn a circle skirt, you’ll be pleased to know that this is a really similar process.

The Dove blouse includes two statement sleeve cuffs. Version 2 is a gently flared cuff and Version 3 is a full blown bell sleeve. But thankfully, even though the shape of the V2 cuff and V3 cuff are different, the construction is exactly the same.

Also worth mentioning (if you’re the kind of person who likes to sew patterns in a different order than shown) that there is nothing stopping you from putting these sleeves together first before you do the main body of the blouse, it’s up to you!

Ok ready to get started on your cuffs?

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Stay stitch 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge along the Cuff. Note that i used a short clip to mark my notch. You can use a different mark if you find it clearer – a notch, pencil, fabric pen, or tailors chalk would all suffice.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Clip along seamline in 1” (2.5cm) to 2” (5cm) intervals, being careful not to cut through the stitches.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Lay the Sleeves down with right sides facing outwards. Place the Cuffs on top with right sides facing each other, so that the raw edges of the elbow seam are together, and the notches line up.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge along the cuff seam.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Finish the raw edges as desired and press down towards the cuff.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Fold the sleeves in half with right sides facing each other and sew ?” (1.5cm) from the raw edge.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Neaten the raw edge using either a serger/overlocker or zig zag stitch, and press either open or towards the back.

How to sew flared sleeve cuffs // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Turn the sleeve right side out, and turn the blouse wrong side out.

Now you’re ready to set the sleeves – which is what i’ll be showing you in the Dove blouse tutorial!

This tutorial won’t just be applicable to the Dove blouse pattern, it will be a great refresher for you on how to set sleeves in any garment.

Here’s the full list of Dove tutorials:

How to sew flared and bell sleeve cuffs! Thorough tutorial by Megan Nielsen Patterns shown on the Dove Blouse sewing pattern

Don’t have the Dove sewing pattern yet? Get it in store here! We absolutely love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNdove and @megannielsenpatterns if sharing on social media.

Happy sewing!

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About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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