Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sleeve vent (version 2)

As promised last week, another way to make a sleeve with vent. This is a more classic method, with no hong kong finishing as in the previous method. And like Maree said in her comment on my previous tutorial, it is quite a bit of work, but I want to explore these methods myself. Taking pictures and writing it down is also a good way to keep track of my experiments for myself.


Upper sleeve vent is cut without seam allowance, under sleeve vent with seam allowance.
I've marked the lines in the picture with extra lines.
Sew sleeve seam without vent. Cut and grade seam as necessary for your fabric.
Interface the upper sleeve and under sleeve. Do not interface the facing of the uppersleeve.

You could also interface the separate sleeve parts and then sew the sleeve seam.
Fold up the hem allowance of the upper sleeve.
Fold the sleeve vent facing of the upper sleeve and mark the point where hem and vent meet.
Draw a straight line from marking to point of hem.
Sew the facing and hem together on these lines.
Trim seam allowance.
Open seam and fold back.
This is the result. (the black is my pencil marking)
Sew the buttonholes.
For the under sleeve, fold the hem allowance to the right side.
Stitch seam (don't know what my sewing machine was up to, it's not very straight).
Fold back.
Sew the other sleeve seam till the start of the vent.
Make a diagonal cut in the under sleeve seam only.
Press seam open.
If wanted you can handstitch the upper part of the vent, indicated by the arrow. I didn't do that here.
Right side of sleeve.
The inside.


  1. Thanks for these tutorials. So much clearer than the books I have!

  2. thank you! This makes things much clearer for me, too.

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial Sigrid. It all makes sense now.

  4. Sigrid .- thanks for the tutorial, this is also an excellent method. greetings, Paco

  5. Great tutorial! I use another tutorial for sleeve vents (only do them very occasionally) but will switch to yours. Your pictures are so much better :) .

  6. This is a great tutorial, Sigrid, I love the mitered corner. Thank you!

  7. Excellent! Thanks for this tutorial, Sigrid!

  8. OMG, i spent hours searching on how to do these hems. used to work in a tailor shop, couldn't remember how to do this hem. if i knew you, i would give you a giant hug!! thank you thank you =D

  9. Thanks for this tutorial. I'm currently in the process of making one of these sleeves for the first time, and of course BurdaStyle's directions left me totally confused. This is making so much more sense, and I'll definitely be using it to finish the sleeves up!

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! It was really beneficial... You are a real teacher!! Thank you! :)

  11. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! It was really beneficial... You are a real teacher!! Thank you! :)