Sample Project From Complete Dressmaking

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Cuffs are rather like a full-stop at the end of a sentence – they give your garment a final punctuation point. They can be a specific design feature that completely changes the look of a shirt or they can avoid attention and simply finish the garment in a subtle way.

A normal shirt cuff (or, as it is sometimes known, a barrel cuff) wraps around the wrist and overlaps with a button fastening, although the fastening you choose is entirely up to you; press studs, for example, would work just as well.

The shirt cuff has two pieces to it – an outer cuff and an inside cuff. The outer cuff should be interfaced before the cuff is made up or attached to the sleeve. The inside cuff is not interfaced.

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Complete Dressmaking by Jules Fallon

Published by Quarto

Complete Dressmaking

© 2018 Jules Fallon / Quarto · Reproduced with permission. · Complete Dressmaking by Jules Fallon. Published by Quarto Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£20). Out now. http://amzn.to/2rPf465


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  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 1
    Step 1

    With right sides together, pin the outer cuff to the sleeve, making sure that the placket opening on 
the sleeve sits along the cuff seam line 
to ensure that there is a smooth line from the sleeve into the cuff.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew along the seam, securing your stitching at the start and finish of the seam.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 3
    Step 3

    Press the seam towards the cuff.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 4
    Step 4

    Along the straight edge of the inside cuff, turn over just slightly less than the seam allowance to the wrong side and press.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 5
    Step 5

    With right sides together, pin the inside cuff to the outer cuff around the curved outside edge, making sure that the pressed-under edge of the inside cuff sits just beyond the previous row of stitching to ensure that, when the cuff is turned right side out, it will just cover the stitching line.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew around the outer edge of the cuff, making sure that the stitching starts and finishes in line with the sleeve placket.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 7
    Step 7

    Clip the corners and turn the cuff right side out.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 8
    Step 8

    Roll the seam so that it sits on the edge of the cuff and press it in place.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pin the inside cuff down along the open edge, pinning at right angles to the sewing line. Make sure the pin heads are away from the sewing area so that you can topstitch from the right side.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 10
    Step 10

    From the right side topstitch around 
the cuff, carefully sewing over the pins underneath and overlapping the stitching when you get back to the beginning. Fasten off your sewing.

  • How to sew a sleeve. Shirt Cuff - Step 11
    Step 11

    Press the cuff, using plenty of steam. Mark in and sew the buttonholes.

    A contrast fabric used for the placket shows off the design detail on the sleeve.

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