The Driftwood Blouse + Dress - Sleeve Options

The Driftwood Blouse + Dress features a loose, raglan-style sleeve that is ever so comfortable for little ones to wear.  The pattern includes options for short or long sleeves, finished with a gathered cuff or elastic. 


Sleeve Length

The Driftwood Blouse + Dress pattern includes both short and long-sleeved options.  Of course, short sleeves make for perfect warm-weather wear, but we also love the idea of airy long sleeves to protect delicate skin in the hot sun. 

For cooler weather, a long-sleeved version in a heavier fabric with good drape, such as flannel, would feel lovely and cosy.

Sleeve Finish


The Driftwood Blouse + Dress pattern offers two sleeve finishes: a gathered cuff and elastic.  The gathered cuff, shown on the left below, involves gathering the sleeve fabric and attaching a narrow cuff, resulting in a beautiful finish.  Please note this option is only for the children sizes - the little baby cuffs are too tiny to sew using this method!

The elastic finish, shown on the right, is simply a matter of sewing a casing and inserting narrow elastic.  This option is comfortable for little ones (and makes getting little arms through sleeves easier!) and results in a sweet, gathered effect with just the right amount of puff. 

Visit the Twig + Tale blog for a tutorial explaining how to make the sweet Ruffle Sleeve variation, pictured below.  A simple modification to the sleeve finish of your blouse or dress gives a completely different look.

Join us in the Twig + Tale Facebook group to ask questions, look for inspiration, and of course to share photos of your lovely T+T creations.

Read more about:

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

~ Images by Hannah Rorke, Carlien Jongeling, Lorna Parker, Joanne Bonny, Amy Myers, Lottie Chaney, Joanne Bonny, Tracey Biletic ~