🌷How to Sew Tulip Sleeves: A Step-by-Step Tutorial with Free PDF Pattern🌷

Hello! Today I'm going to show you how to sew 5 different kinds of tulip sleeves using my free basic PDF tulip pattern. 

What is tulip sleeve?

Tulip sleeves are a type of short sleeve that has a curved shape and overlaps at the shoulder, resembling the petals of a tulip flower. They are a simple way to add some style and elegance to a basic tee or dress. 
 To help you dive into the world of tulip sleeves, I've created a 
versatile and free PDF pattern. It's the perfect canvas for your 
creativity. With a little bit of hacking and imagination, you can sew a 
variety of tulip sleeves that suit your style and mood.


What do you need to draft your own pattern or hack my basic sewing pattern:

fabric of your choice

 L shape metal ruler  

Most L shape rulers for sewing are from plastic , to be honest I don't recommend them much as you will use L shape ruler very often , imagine how many times it will fell down from table ! it must be hard to destroy, that's why mine is metal one and I highly recommend those as they can last for years , I have mine for about 7 years !


It's fantastic helper , especially for beginners , it teaches you how to sew straight lines even which such difficult fabrics silk or organza,I'm not beginner any more yet I still use it very often and love it.

sewing machine 

French curve ruler

Most popular variations of petal sleeves :


Double Tulip Sleeve: These sleeves have two overlapping layers, creating a more pronounced tulip effect.

Single Tulip Sleeve: This is a sleeve with one petal-like layer that wraps over another.

Long Tulip Sleeve: Tulip sleeves can vary in length, from short sleeves to long, flowing ones.

Tulip Sleeve with Ruffles: Some tulip sleeves incorporate ruffles or gathers at the edges of the overlapping layers for added flair.


Tulip Sleeve with Cuffs: Cuffed tulip sleeves have a band or cuff at the end of the petal-like layers, adding structure to the design.

How tulip sleeves look like depending on fabric you are using:

flowy, delicate fabrics, here you can see silk

middle ground fabric , here it's cotton , it keep the form much better than flowy ones



thick fabrics like wool mix and leather ,they  keep the form and are quite stiff, great for all winter clothing

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sequins , perfect for party and wedding  dresses , look how awesome it looks like

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Little history 

Tulip sleeves, like many fashion elements, have evolved over time and can be traced back to various periods in fashion history. While it's challenging to pinpoint an exact moment of origin, here's a brief overview of the history of tulip sleeves:

Tulip sleeves began to appear in fashion during the early 20th century, particularly in the 1920s. This era was known for its loose and relaxed silhouettes, and tulip sleeves fit well with the flapper style. These sleeves were often seen on flapper dresses, characterized by their drop-waist and fringe details.

Tulip sleeves experienced a resurgence in the mid-20th century, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. The fashion of this period was marked by feminine and tailored looks. Tulip sleeves were used on blouses, dresses, and even wedding gowns to add a touch of elegance and romance.

In the late 20th century, tulip sleeves made occasional appearances in fashion, often as retro or vintage-inspired elements. Designers and fashion enthusiasts embraced the nostalgic style of the 1920s and 1950s, which led to the reintroduction of tulip sleeves in various garments.

Tulip sleeves continue to be a popular design feature in contemporary fashion. They are often used to add a unique and feminine touch to blouses, tops, dresses, and even outerwear. Fashion designers frequently experiment with different fabrics, lengths, and variations of tulip sleeves to create modern, stylish looks.

Let's get sewing and make those sleeves bloom! 🌷💐





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