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Subject: Yes there is. Well not percentage but there are standard measurements for creating a sleeve.

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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 11:44:52pm
In reply to: hmmm 's message, "This has me thinking...is there a percentage formula for the width of the sleeve cap? I feel like I'm always winging that area, but have never seen anything addressing the ease beyond "check the mockup, slash & spread if needed"." on Wednesday, April 10, 11:11:58am

You draw a snooper, or sample pattern. Alter it to fit your particular arm and design. You will find the most useful information comes from tailoring books. You can't just add fullness (gathers or pleats) to make the upper sleeve fit. You really just need to fit the bodice. Nice high armholes, short shoulder seams, narrow (enough) in the upper chest. Make a sleeve to fit the armhole-then you can mess around with design details, such as width, amount of poof, etc. If you have a well fitted bodice, you can have a very fitted sleeve that doesn't pull etc. you can put in a gusset, add fullness to the cap or add a little fullness in the armpit part of the sleeve to have more mobility.

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