Not all patterns include a short sleeve option. I actually own a few of those! One pattern I recently hacked to be short sleeves is the Lisse for Girl’s by New Horizons Designs. However, this hack can be done to just about any shirt pattern that does not offer a short sleeve option.
I followed the instructions for the entire pattern except for the sleeves (only the length portion). So, when it came to cutting the sleeves – I wasn’t sure of how long they would really need to be (since this was the first time I would be hacking a pattern that did not include a short sleeve option). I began by measuring from the ball of the shoulder to the middle/lower portion of the upper arm (keeping in mind I would have a 3/8″ seam allowance when sewing and would still need to hem). I prefer a longer sleeve, as there is less arm to have to cover in sunscreen.
So before you cut your pattern piece to be a short sleeve length style – decide how short you want your ‘short’ sleeve. Remember to measure from the ‘ball’ of the shoulder and down – doing this will give you a better idea of how long (or short) your sleeve will be but keep in mind seam allowance and hemming. With my measurement of 6″ – I transferred it to the ‘sleeve’ pattern piece and cut at the 6″ mark. I measured from the highest point of the sleeve and ensured the pattern piece was even prior to cutting into it.
I attached the sleeves as instructed (with the appropriate front and back attachment to the armcycle) and then hemmed. I ended up using a 1/2″ hem allowance on the sleeves. Remember, you can always make it shorter if desired, but you can’t make it longer once you cut!
I totally adore how this turned out and love how the fit is true to size….
Patterns Used: Lisse For Girls – grab your copy here.
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