Welcome to a new pattern making class, in today’s class, you will learn how to make a sleeve with a dropped shoulder.
It’s important not to confuse a drop shoulder sleeve with an oversized top.
An oversize item of clothing is, for example, that shirt called “the boyfriend’s” and it seems that it is worn one or more sizes larger than the size of the person wearing it.
On the other hand, a sleeve with a dropped shoulder is not a larger shoulder, it is a pattern that takes the shape of the arm to make it appear dropped.
A dropped shoulder sleeve is quite a casual sleeve as it has a rather small sleeve cup.
The technique that we will use today is not the most common one but it is the most visual.
Today’s class begins by adding ease to the front and back patterns, especially in the shoulder area so that we can move the arm better.
Then we will go on to transform the sleeve block pattern in a very visual way, we will remove the pieces that we will add to the bodices patterns.
To finish, we will transform the patterns of the body with the cut pieces of the sleeve so that the new armhole is perfect.
As always, I will give you all the necessary measurements to make the same sample that I do, but remember that you can change these measurements to your personal taste or to that of your client.
It is also important that you make toile (prototypes) to ensure that the patterns are perfect before cutting the final fabric.
Remember that if you have any questions about today’s class, you can always send me an email through your user account, in the support section.
Send your exercises
As you already know, the best way to learn is by practising, so for today’s class, I’m going to ask you to make the patterns for the sleeve with the dropped shoulder.
You can send me these exercises in full size or half scale.
Please, try to send me photos where all the patterns and their annotations can be seen correctly.