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The description on your pattern envelope includes mention of the sleeve length preferred by the designer. Refer to the diagram at left for an explanation of the designer’s length. If a cuff is a part of the design, be sure to take its depth into account in the total sleeve length. Also allow for blousing in a full sleeve.
Keep in mind that the “correct” sleeve length for you is the one that is in proportion to your figure. Sleeves influence the total silhouette of your garment. Their shape, length, and finish can exaggerate a figure flaw or lead the eye away from it.
Here are the suggested lengths that should be used for reference when you are adjusting your pattern or fitting your garment.
Cap: This is a very, very short sleeve, actually an extension of the shoulder and not usually continued under the arm.
Short: The typical short sleeve lies with its lower edge relatively straight across the upper arm.
Above-Elbow: As the name suggests, the arm above the elbow is completely covered by the sleeve.
Three-Quarter: This sleeve is three-fourths the length of the arm. It ends halfway between the elbow and the wrist bone.
Seven-Eighths: A sleeve which terminates approximately 2” (5 cm) above the wrist bone or halfway between the three-quarter and the long sleeve.
Wrist Length: This sleeve grazes the wrist just at the prominent wrist bone.
Long or Full Length: Falls 1” (25 mm) below the wrist bone at a comfortable length before reaching the hand.
The length of your pants or shorts is important to your total look.
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