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Jane with Long Sleeves

Children's Corner #283 Jane shown with long sleeves

#283 Jane

We extended the Jane sleeves to make this Liberty dress warm and cozy for fall. So many people have liked it that we decided to show everyone how to do it themselves!   Follow the easy instructions below for extending the sleeve pattern.  Directions for finishing the sleeve are below as well.  Reminder: add 1/3 yard to fabric requirements.

Drafting the sleeve

1.) Trace short sleeve onto a piece of tissue paper.  VERY IMPORTANT – MARK THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE SLEEVE!

2.) Extend the length of the sleeve so that the underarm seam is the following length:

Size   Length
1        9″
2       9 1/2″
3       10″
4       10 1/2″
5       11″
6       12″
How to lengthen #283 Jane sleeves

3.) Connect the two underarm seams with a straight line.  This is the fold line for the casing at the wrist.   Mark the straight line 1” in from each end.

4.) To taper the sleeve, make a line from the top of the underarm seam to the mark you made on the fold line.

5.) To draw the casing, make a parallel line 3/4″ below the fold line.

How to lengthen Jane sleeves

6.) Fold the tissue paper up on the fold line, and trace the sides of the sleeve in the area between the fold and the casing line. This way, the casing will fit nicely inside the sleeve without causing puckering.

how to alter sleeve for jabe

Final long sleeve pattern piece should look like the one below.

pattern piece for long sleeved Jane

Sewing the Sleeve

1.) Fold under bottom edge of sleeve casing to wrong side 1/4” and press.  Fold under again on casing fold line and press. Then unfold.  Note! This step will make stitching the casing easier later.

2.) Follow pattern instructions for sewing sleeve into dress.

3.) Refold under bottom edge of sleeve 1/4” and press.  Fold under again on foldline and press.  This will be for casing. Topstitch 1/8” from bottom edge of casing. Stitch again 3/8” from first topstitching leaving a small opening at seam for putting in elastic.

4.)  Cut 2 pieces of 1/4”  wide elastic  for size 1-3: 6-7”,  4-6: 8-9”.

Finished wrist measurements –  Size 1-2: 5″, size 3-4: 6″, size 5-6: 7″

It is always a good idea to measure your child’s wrist. Thread elastic through casing using a safety pin.  Pull up elastic to desired length. Sew ends of elastic together, cutting off any excess. Topstitch opening closed in casing.

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10 Responses to Jane with Long Sleeves

  1. Sharon Garidel February 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I am finding the Jane pattern running a little shorter than some prefer. Would there be a particular place on the pattern at which it would be a better place to lengthen it?

    Love this pattern! Love the fullness of the dress and love it with long sleeves! Thanks so much for sharing the long sleeve modification, makes for a very well fitting sleeve.

    • admin February 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      We’re glad you like it! The best place to lengthen the dress is on the bottom.

  2. Mary August 5, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I made this out of a gauge fabric and added a ruffle all around the bottom.
    Monogrammed front of dress. it is precious

  3. Sharon Garidel September 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Trying to make a 3/4 sleeve on the Jane (with elastic at end of sleeve). Would I need to taper the long sleeve pattern to accomplish this?

    • Anne September 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Sharon, I would suggest tapering the sleeve in 1/2″ on each side instead of 1″ on each side for a 3/4 length sleeve.

  4. Sharon Garidel October 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Ok here I am again with yet another question regarding the instructions for lengthening the sleeve on the “Jane” pattern. I have printed the instructions so I would have a copy in each of my different size pattern envelopes. One I printed September 2012 the other I printed January 2013. QUESTION: I just noticed that in the instructions printed in 2012 give Size 1 7 7/8″, Size 2 8 7/8″, Sz 3 10 1/8″, Sz 4 10 5/8″ , Sz 5 11 5/8″ and Sz 6 12 5/8″.

    Instructions I printed in 2013 give measurements on each of the sizes 2″ longer than the 2012 instructions! (Sz1 9 7/8, Sz 2 10 7/8, Sz 3 12 1/8″ etc)

    I am really confused and making a bunch of the Janes in long sleeve right now.

    Which instructions have the correct length for the long sleeve version of “Jane”???

    • Anne October 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

      Hi Sharon,
      The more recent instructions are correct.

  5. mary October 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Looks like if the measurement is from the underarm the sleeve would be much too long. I’m making size 4 and her arm measurement from shoulder to wrist is 121/2″.
    Am I missing something? Thanks so much

    • Anne October 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      Hi Mary,
      If you can measure the child from her underarm crease to her wrist, use that measurement instead of the ones listed. Being able to customize the fit is one of the perks of making clothes at home!

  6. Margaret October 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I am making the pattern Jane in a size 3 and can’t find my instructions. How much elastic would I cut for the neck of the dress?

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