How To Insert Sleeves into a Sleeveless Top by Kristina

Thursday, April 04, 2013
You can fake a set-in sleeve by using any sleeve shape you want and inserting it into the armhole. Creating a sleeve that looks like it belonged there all along adds a soft sophistication to any garment.

For this blouse, I chose a sleeve with a slight puff (as opposed to “pouf” which conjures up disturbing leg-of-mutton images from the 1980’ not cool) is work-appropriate while maintaining a floaty, ladylike charm. This technique works with sleeveless t-shirts as well.

For short sleeves, buy a 1/2 yard of fabric. If you plan to insert long sleeves, you'll need at least 1 yard of fabric.


  1. Love this!! Definitely want to try!

  2. Kimberly DoblanderApril 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I LOVE this! I have to learn how to use my sewing machine!

  3. Thank you. So useful.