The pattern making video you’ve been waiting for…

- - Pattern Making

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.

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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:

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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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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.