Transform any sleeveless top, tank, or dress into a multi-season garment in less than an hour! These slip-on sleeves not only give you more coverage, but can also help your arms look trimmer. You’ll want to make several – in different colors and fabrics – to mix and match with your sleeveless wardrobe. Or maybe you'll want to create sleeveless garments with matching sleeves so you have the perfect match and combo for traveling and seasonless dressing. Adding patterned sleeves to a solid garment, or vice versa, creates a whole new look. The possibilities are endless! A perfect no-waste project, this is a clever way to use up leftover fabrics - you'll need less than a yard.
Pamela's Patterns are designed to flatter women of all shapes. Secret Sleeves requires little to no fitting - it fits under your bust line for a smooth look and easy fit.
Option: Bell Sleeve (pattern included)
This pattern is available as a paper pattern or digital download. The digital download includes both the PAH / Print At Home and A0 / Copy Shop Formats. For digital printing guidelines and help, click here.
Suitable for 4-way stretch knit fabric that stretches in both the crosswise and lengthwise directions (doesn't have to be the same amount), and has at least a 50% stretch. The stretchier, the better! ITY, jersey, stretch lace, rayon/lycra, mesh
Tip: Perfect way to use leftover fabric! May not be suitable for one-way designs or stripes
Check Fabric Stretch with the Stretch Ruler
Fold a piece of fabric across the width. Hold a 5" section against the Stretch Ruler and stretch to the right. The ruler gives the percentage of stretch! Repeat for the length.
3/4 yd (XS-S) or 7/8 yd (M-XL) of 60" wide fabric
- Good quality polyester thread
- Fantastic Elastic
- 5/8" front closing slide clasp, available here (1 slide clasp enclosed with paper pattern)