Attaching set-in sleeves (the easy, cheater way).
Okay, so it’s not really cheating. It’s a perfectly legitimate way of attaching a sleeve, and it is way easier.
However, a set-in sleeve is a set-in sleeve because you’re supposed to be setting it in, and with this method, you don’t.
Anyway, I’m splitting hairs.
Keep in mind, though, that this will only work if you haven’t already sewn up your side seams. If your side seams are sewn, you’ll either have to cut them open, or use the other method.
And if your garment doesn’t have side seams that line up with the sleeve seams, you’ll also have to use the other method.
Sew the shoulder seams of the front and back pieces together.
You’ll notice that my front piece is cut in half- that’s because this is going to be a hoodie with a zipper in front. But this method will work for any top with side seams, so don’t worry.
I already have my sleeve piece cut out, all nice and stripey-like.
If you don’t have a pattern for sleeves, I strongly suggest you either BUY a pattern with sleeves, or cut apart an old shirt to make a sleeve pattern yourself, because they are tricky, goofy-shaped little dudes, and I can not instruct you on how to make one other than the advice above.
Mark the center of the curvy edge of the sleeve with a pin, the part that’ll be at the top of your shoulder when the shirt is on. Also mark the center of the armhole (called the scye).
Line Mr. Sleeve and Mr. Scye up where you’ve marked, right sides together, of course, and pin them together.
I like to start from the center, and pin the rest of the sleeve to the front, working outwards.
Then go back to the center and pin the other side the same way, working outwards.
Here it is all pinned together, from the inside.
Now, we sew. Or serge, if you have an overlock machine.
Thar she blows!
But… we’re only half-way done.
Don’t worry,though… that was the hardest part!
Put all the right sides back together again with the sleeve folded in half on top.
And again, we sew.
And bam! There it is!
Surprised at how easy that was? I bet you didn’t even say any dirty words this time!