How to Make a Ruffle Sleeve Driftwood Blouse or Dress

How to Make a Ruffle Sleeve Driftwood Blouse or Dress

Making this sweet ruffle elastic sleeve is simple - it only requires one extra row of stitching to create a whole new look.

This option is only suitable for the long sleeve, and will reduce the length of your sleeve slightly.  You could add additional length to your sleeve before starting if desired - however I do quite like the slightly shorter length sleeve.

Follow the instructions at step 14 of your Driftwood pattern to create the first memory fold for the sleeve hem.  

At step 15, we need to make the second fold wider in order to give us the extra space. Press the second memory fold at at 1.5” (4cm).

Continue sewing your garment until you reach step 34, then use the following instructions:

Elastic Ruffle Sleeve option

Stitch about 1/8” (3mm) from the folded edge, just catching the top of the fold as shown in the photo above.

Leave an opening beside the seam to insert the elastic.

 Ruffle Elastic Sleeve Option

Stitch another row a tiny bit wider than 1/4” (6mm) (so you can thread the 1/4” wide elastic through).  Do not leave a gap.

 Ruffle Elastic Sleeve Option

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic to help you insert the elastic through the sleeve casing. 

 Ruffle Elastic Sleeve Option

Overlap the raw ends of the elastic 3/8” (1cm) and stitch them together securely. 

Stitch the gap closed. 

 Ruffle Elastic Sleeve Option

Distribute the gathers evenly around the elastic.

Repeat for the other sleeve.  Yay, you now have a super sweet ruffle elastic sleeve.   I quite like using this method to add a sweet little ruffle to the legs of the Tree Climbers too!

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Read more about:

The Driftwood Necklines and Closures
The Driftwood Neck Ruffle
The Various Driftwood Dress Options
The Various Driftwood Sleeve Options
How to make a Driftwood Maxi Dress
How to make a Driftwood Vintage Dress
How to make a Driftwood A-Line Dress

~ Cover image by Tracey Biletic ~




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