How to Make a Short Bell Sleeve

A bell sleeve is a type of sleeve that flares out at the bottom, creating a bell-like shape. It’s a great way to add some volume and interest to any garment. Making a short bell sleeve is relatively easy and can be done with just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Measure and Cut Fabric

Measure the desired length of your sleeve from the shoulder seam to the desired length. Cut two pieces of fabric in this measurement. Make sure that both pieces are cut on the fold so that you have one continuous piece when unfolded.

Step 2: Sew Seams

Fold each piece of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew along the long edge using a straight stitch. Turn the fabric right side out and press flat.

Step 3: Gather Fabric

Gather the fabric along the top edge by sewing two rows of basting stitches. Pull on the bobbin threads to gather the fabric until it matches the circumference of your armhole.

Step 4: Attach Sleeve

Pin the gathered edge of your sleeve to the armhole of your garment, matching up raw edges. Sew in place using a straight stitch. Finish off by trimming away any excess fabric and pressing flat.

Step 5: Hem Sleeve

Fold up the bottom edge of your sleeve twice, about 1/4 inch each time, and sew in place using a straight stitch. This will create a neat hemline for your short bell sleeve.

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