Renew your older patterns with a new trick or two up your design sleeve

- - Pattern Making

Isabel Marant‘s sleeve game is strong. During the last few seasons, she has shown almost every iteration of sleeve pattern known to designers. From a raglan sleeve to a long bell sleeve to a bishop sleeve, peruse Marant’s collections and you will get an A to Z overview of sleeve variations. Spring has arrived and with the summer close behind, we thought it the perfect time to feature cool and easy sleeve pattern options. Festival season is here, and with it, the need to loosen up, relax and appreciate the styles of spring and summer.

Our most recent release, Kimono Sleeve Sloper, screams spring. Imagine light fabrics with an easy drape made into the perfect springtime jumpsuit. And when summer arrives, no sleeve option is cooler – either on a top or a one piece romper. As designers begin to trend toward more seasonless design, this sleeve provides a very versatile option for almost every type of garment you can design.

Speaking of lasting design, now might be a good time to revisit your older patterns and view them in a new light. Spring is traditionally a time for renewal and pulling out your favorite pant pattern may inspire you to combine this new sleeve technique to create a unique one-piece. For additional inspiration try a sweet petal sleeve, or perhaps a short flare sleeve on a dress pattern you love.

You may even start by sketching croquis after croquis, only switching up the sleeve design on each sketch in order to stretch your thinking and design options.  Our goal is to arm you with all of the tools you need to create the design you want. Whether you start designing by sketching, taking your fabric straight to the form or patterning, view a new sleeve video or two to add to the tricks up your own design sleeve this spring and summer.

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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 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.