How to Make a Flared Sleeve Top with a Free Printable Pattern

I was going through my closet recently and looking for some of my spring tops. I needed a refresher so I decided to do something new. I will show you How to Make a Flared Sleeve Top with a Free Printable Pattern! This is such a stylish top. I love the look of flared sleeves with this printed fabric. I think it went well. My seamstress friend Debbie showed me this pattern and I love it. This makes it easy to cut out the pieces of fabric you need for this cute top and size it for the perfect fit. If you want to get rid of some clothes, this top makes a great replacement for worn out clothes. Sometimes called a bell sleeve top, this is an ideal statement top for a night out. It would also look great in a solid color. If you're looking to build your DIY wardrobe, we have many wonderful projects for you to choose from. I really like this new top and I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!

Once you choose your fabric, you only need a few supplies. If you plan to sew other projects in the future, I always recommend investing in a set of rotary cutters, a mat, and a ruler, as they make cutting out curved pieces of fabric very quickly and easily compared to scissors. If you're looking for other sewing projects, check out our 35 free sewing patterns for women. Gather the rest of your supplies and let’s get started!

    How to Make a Flared Sleeve Top with a Free Printable Pattern

What you will need:

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches) Little AVERAGE Big
Chest 34 36 38
Size 28 30 32
Hip 38 40 42

This pattern is rated for height 5′ 4″ – 5″ 5″. Looking for a larger or smaller size of this pattern? Then check out our article on Pattern Grading.

Printing Instructions

This flared sleeve top pattern has layers, so you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this, Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball next to it. Click the eye next to the size you do not want to print.

Before printing, make sure your printer is set to No Scaling or Actual Size. Set the page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2″ test square to see if it measures exactly 2″. If so, print the remaining pages.

Page splitting

Trim the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the design. You can use tape or school glue to glue your paper pattern together.

Assembling the pattern

Once the pages are printed and trimmed as shown above, use the quarter circles at the corner of each page for perfect alignment. When finished, your model should look like this:

Pattern Piece Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut:

  • Front – Cut one on the fold
  • Back – Cut one on the fold
  • Front and stabilizer – Cut 1 on the fold
  • Backing and interfacing – Cut 1 on the fold
  • Sleeves – Cut 2 mirror images

Seam allowance

Use a 3/8″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

How to Make a Flared Sleeve Top with a Free Printable Pattern

I like to start any clothing sewing project by washing, drying and ironing your fabric. This helps to pre-shrunk your fabric and prepare it for washing later so your stitches don't come loose or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft. Once you've done that, the next step in this tutorial on how to make a flared sleeve top with a free pattern is to use your template to cut out your fabric pieces according to the cutting list above. Use the included printable pattern to cut out pieces of fabric.

Then, iron the interfacing on the wrong side of the front and back.

Pin the front and back right sides together at shoulder level.

With right sides together, pin the top front and back pieces at shoulder level and sew them together using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

After that, pin the shirt and facing at the neck hole right sides together.

Sew them together using the same seam allowance as before.

Now in this bell sleeve top tutorial, cut the notch from the front neckline and clip it into the curves of the back neckline. Be careful not to cut your seams. Finish the raw edges of the siding. Turn the facing towards the inside of the shirt and iron.

Find and mark the center of the top of the sleeve.

Also place a pin so you can easily identify where the front of the sleeve is. With right sides together, align the center of the sleeve with the shoulder seam. Pin the end of the sleeve to the end of the armhole, then pin the rest of the armhole. You will find that there is extra fabric when you get to the shoulder seam, fold the extra fabric from the sleeve to form pleats.

Return to your sewing machine and sew the sleeve to the armhole. Finish the raw edges with an overlocker or using a zigzag.

Fold the sleeve right sides together and pin it, continuing in the side seam. Sew from the sleeve to the hem at the side seam. Finish the raw edges with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.

Double fold the top hem and the 1/2″ sleeve hem and sew.

And that's all! Now you know how to make a flared sleeve top with a free printable pattern! We hope you enjoyed this fun sewing tutorial. I love making my own clothes and this is a great project if you want to make something yourself.

Pretty top with flared sleeves

If you liked learning how to make a flared sleeve top with a free printable pattern, be sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with your friends on social media. If you decide to do this simple project yourself, be sure to take a photo afterward and tag us on social media because we love seeing the fabrics and color choices people are using!

Active time
45 minutes

Total time
45 minutes

Difficulty
Moderate

estimated cost
$15.00

Instructions

  1. Use the included printable pattern to cut out pieces of fabric.
  2. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the front and back.
  3. Pin the front and back right sides together at shoulder level.
  4. With right sides together, pin the top front and back pieces at shoulder level and sew.
  5. With right sides together, pin the shirt and facing at the neckline.
  6. Sew.
  7. Cut the notch from the front neckline and clip it into the curves of the back neckline. Be careful not to cut your seams. Finish the raw edges of the siding.
  8. Turn the facing towards the inside of the shirt and iron.
  9. Find and mark the center of the top of the sleeve. Also place a pin so you can easily identify where the front of the sleeve is.
  10. With right sides together, align the center of the sleeve with the shoulder seam. Pin the end of the sleeve to the end of the armhole, then pin the rest of the armhole. You will find that there is extra fabric when you get to the shoulder seam, fold the extra fabric from the sleeve to form pleats.
  11. Sew the sleeve to the armhole. Finish the raw edges with an overlocker or using a zigzag.
  12. Fold the sleeve right sides together and pin it, continuing in the side seam. Sew from the sleeve to the hem at the side seam. Finish the raw edges with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.
  13. Double fold the top hem and the 1/2″ sleeve hem and sew.
  14. Appreciate!

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