It’s here. The video you’ve been waiting for and that will open up your design possibilities considerably – Raglan Sleeve Sloper. The raglan sleeve may have made it’s mark on countless baseball and softball fields, but one look at the images in the header of this blog post, and you can begin to imagine the possibilities for this construction detail.
The raglan sleeve is one of the most popular sleeves in fashion. Our newest lesson will teach you the fundamentals of how to draft this sleeve using your bodice sloper and your straight sleeve sloper. We will demonstrate two raglan versions, a one-piece and a two-piece sleeve. Our drafting method is easy and will definitely inspire you to design many raglan variations.
Notice the first image in the header – this is a good example of a one-piece raglan sleeve, while the third image above shows an example of a two-piece raglan. Both versions of the raglan sleeve are covered in the video below:
A quick reminder if you are just starting out – our beginner pattern making lessons will teach you how to draft a series of pattern slopers, also known as blocks. Start with how to draft a basic straight sleeve (Straight Sleeve Sloper) where you will master the use of your pattern making tools and become familiar with terminology used by pattern makers, including “squaring off,” “trueing,” “blending lines” and the “slash & spread.”
When you are ready to tackle other sleeve variations, we have a list to choose from. Try drafting the Long Bell Sleeve, the Bishop Sleeve or the Puff Sleeve. Once you have mastered basic sleeves, use what you have learned to experiment with your own designs. The University of Fashion strives to teach you the rules, so you can then feel free to break them. And when you so, share your results with us!
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