We started by showing you the basics of How to Sew with Knit Fabrics. Then we gave you a Beginner’s Jersey Baby Dress tutorial with a free downloadable pattern.
Now I’ve taken that pattern and added some short puffed sleeves to it. Check out the sleeve pattern and tutorial to learn how to attach the sleeves and make your own version of this sweet little dress.
How to Sew Puff Sleeves on a Knit Jersey Dress
For this dress I used some Patty Young Knits I had from Fabricworm. So, first make yourself a bodice by following the steps in this post: Beginner’s Jersey Baby Dress. Skip finishing the two arm holes – just skip those steps but do everything else the same until your bodice is assembled. It will have unfinished armholes and a finished neckline. You can attach the skirt before or after the sleeves, that’s up to you!
Then download and print the puff sleeve pattern: Jersey Dress Puff Sleeve Pattern.
Cut out the pattern, trace it onto your fabric twice and cut out two pieces.
Open up each sleeve and mark the dotted line as shown in the pattern
Sew a basting stitch (straight stitch set to a width of 5), leaving at least a 6″ length of thread on each side, across the line you just drew:
As per the notes on the pattern, also cut out your rectangle of fabric for the cuff. You can make it wider if you want a thicker cuff (it might be easier to make it an inch or so wider), you can also make it in the same or contrasting fabric.
Iron each long side into the center, like a piece of bias tape:
You will see that your cuff is much shorter than the width of your sleeve
Sew another basting stitch along the long flat side of your sleeve
Pull the bobbin thread to gather until the sleeve is the same width as the cuff:
Pin the cuff around the sleeve edge, encasing the unfinished edge of the fabric
Sew in place
Bring the two short sides of the sleeve together right sides facing and sew
Now get your bodice
Turn it inside out
Keep your sleeve right side out
Point the cuffed end towards the arm hole of the bodice:
Insert the sleeve and pin the edge of the sleeve to the edge of the arm hole
Double check you did it correctly, with right sides of fabric facing each other
Sew in place
Serge the seam if you like
Repeat on the other sleeve
On this dress, I also sewed some contrasting panels on the sides of the skirt just for fun