No Sweat Cuff Tutorial: Set-In Sleeve Pattern Hack

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Chicago fall what's up I am feeling you right now. I've been working on these #sewrevamped looks for each Sew & Tell pattern and finally the weather is starting to feel the part.

Nothing screams fall more to me than a voluminous bishop sleeve, amirite?! The cooler temps have me wanting fall versions of my #memade closet staples and of course the Tied Up Top is a heavy hitter! It didn't hurt I've had a few requests on how to hack the Tied Up Top to have long sleeves either ;)


A few of these new hacks are including free pattern add-ons and I am seriously so excited. Yep, I’m including a FREE fully sized sleeve pattern that you can add to your Tied Up Top pattern collection!

So head on over and download the files here. (There’s a US Letter, A4 and A0 versions)

Click on "Layers" and keep the eyeballs on Labels, the size you want & Page Markings.

I want to show you how to utilize this little freebie. It’s super easy, per the usual, but I'm gonna run through it so you there aren't any questions.


I highly recommend using the layers feature when printing this bad boy out. All the nested lines can get a little confusing and this way you just print the size you need! You can do this by turning them off at the side of your document before you hit print.




Alright, so once you’ve printed and assembled your pattern you’ll need to pull out your existing Tied Up Top pattern.


Snag the Side Front Hack pattern piece and lay it on top of the Side Front piece of your existing pattern. You’ll want to match up the shoulder seams which will line everything else up. I've already allowed for a 1/2" seam allowance so no need to add any!


Depending on your preferences you can just cut into your existing pattern to create this new pattern piece, but if this sounds like pattern sacrilege then perhaps trace this new piece onto a separate sheet of paper.


Now, toss your Side Front pieces to the side. Pick up your Center Back Hack and the Center Back pattern pieces. You’re gonna want to lay the hack piece on top of the pattern piece – just like you did on the Side Front.


Once you’ve traced or cut one side, flip that hack piece over and repeat for the other half.


That’s it for hacking the pattern. You’ll follow the instructions as-is just exclude the bit about sleeve hems and follow me below on the sleeve and cuff stitching.