Want the look of layered sleeves without the bulk in the armpits and bunching at the shoulder that double sleeves can sometimes do? Today we’ve got a faux layered sleeves tutorial for you. You could even adapt this tutorial to add sleeves to an existing short sleeved shirt! (We like to use the Union Street Tee, as you can see…)
Faux Layered Sleeves Tutorial Step 1:
Cut out a parallelogram with the top measurement the same as the bottom of the short sleeve measurement and the bottom your wrist measurement plus 1.5″ This is your lower sleeve piece.
Faux Layered Sleeves Tutorial Step 2:
Fold 1/4″ to the wrong side on the bottom of the short sleeve and press.
Faux Layered Sleeves Tutorial Step 3:
Lay the lower sleeve right side UP. On top of the lower sleeve, lay the short sleeve with the WRONG side up. The raw edge of the lower sleeve and the bottom of the 1/4″ you pressed up will align. Baste these two together.
Faux Layered Sleeves Tutorial Step 4:
Fold up the short sleeve and hem at 1″. Then continue with the instructions for the shirt. You will hem the lower sleeve when instructed to hem the short sleeve.
Doing it this way allows there the bottom of the hemmed short sleeve to be apart from the lower sleeve.
It looks very naturally layered. It also eliminates the bulk in the shoulder and underarm seams.
If you’re interested in the fabric we used for this faux layered sleeve top, you can read our post over at CaliFabrics.
The shirt pattern we’re using is the Union Street Tee from Hey June Patterns. (affiliate link, thanks for supporting our small business!)