Hot! Revised Sorbetto Sleeve

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The amazing Claire took my sad sleeve pattern and turned it into an amazing PDF more suited for other folks to sew! Thanks so much for doing this and releasing it for the public, Claire! 


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I can’t help but to feel like this sleeve isn’t properly sized. 13 pages for a small cap-sleeve can’t be right, can it? I was having the same problem with the original pattern as well, it printed out HUGE! Where am I going wrong?

  2. This is brilliant, I saw the Sorbetto with sleeves and realized how much I wanted to make it with sleeves!! Thank both of you very, very much!!

  3. It would help to know what size Mena made her original sleeve pattern so as to make scaling easier.

  4. Thanks so much! That’s nice & clean now & I’ll have a Sorbetto that I actually will wear!

  5. Emily is correct – if the pages are 11 inches long and five of them are laid end-to-end to make up the bottom of the sleeve, then you would have a sleeve of approximately five feet in girth. I posted this over on Claire’s blog and hopefully she can recheck her parameters and maybe that might work.

  6. Yup you’re right guys it’s the wrong scale (my bad!!) LOL! I just assumed the GIF files from the original post were the correct size and I never printed them off to check.
    Mena – can you please let me know the correct size of the original GIF files in mm’s lenght x height – I can then very quickly revise the files.
    Huge apologies for the mix-up guys!! I will post up the revised files on my blog & Google documents as soon as they get sorted :)!

  7. Thank you and Mena for your work! I’m excited to make one! :D

  8. Right-i-o then… Mena & I have gotten the file/images sizes all sorted between us (yay!). I have revised the PDF files – now only 3 pages long (not 13/14 anymore!) Hurray :)

  9. Thank you Claire and Mena! You two rock!

  10. Hey, I just posted this over to Claire’s blog too, but I wanted to help answer the size question. I felt the armscyes on the size 6 sorbetto I cut were a little too restrictive, so the last time I made it up I cut the armholes on the largest size. These sleeves set in very nicely without any gathering or pleats (like Mena uses in hers). So, I guess you could use this sleeve for any size, and just gather to fit the smaller sizes. Thanks again for sharing this Mena and Claire!