Do-It-Yourself: Slit Sleeve Shirt Tutorial

Want a easy way to sass up your tops. Just add some drama by cutting a slit into you sleeves. This can be achieved with short sleeves or long sleeves.

I have a blouse that already had a seam done the center of each sleeve so this DIY was super easy. All I had to do was seam rip the seam open to me desired length. I had already seam ripped one sleeve to my desired length so I had to make sure the other sleeve length was even with the first one. Once the opening for my shoulders was even in length, I cut into the sleeve some more at the beginning and end of where I started to seam rip so that when I hem it, the double fold will show more of my shoulder.

Since the opening was a previous seam and already pressed down, I didn’t have to iron it down to get a polished finish. This step saved me time and effort, allowing me to move on quickly to the next stage of the project. However, for those working on a sleeve that doesn’t already have an established seam down the center, there is an additional step to achieve a professional look. You’ll need to turn the edge by 1/4 of an inch and carefully iron it to create a crisp and polished edge. This extra detail may seem small, but it can make a significant difference in the overall appearance of the finished garment.

Ironing the edge of the sleeve not only creates a more professional look but also helps to ensure that the fabric stays in place while sewing. By taking the time to iron the edge, you are setting yourself up for success in the sewing process and helping to avoid any potential issues with fabric shifting or bunching. This attention to detail is what sets handmade garments apart from store-bought ones and can make a big difference in the final result.

Once you have completed the ironing process, you are now ready to sew. Sewing the sleeve carefully and accurately is crucial to achieving a clean and professional finish. Take your time, use the appropriate stitching techniques, and make sure to secure the seams properly. By paying attention to these details and taking the time to execute each step with care, you can create a beautifully tailored garment that you can be proud of. Remember, the devil is in the details, so don’t rush through the sewing process – take your time and enjoy the journey of creating something unique and special.


Crafty mom, sassy wife, foodie, and aspiring doula extraordinaire. I have quite a few goals and hobbies and look forward to sharing how I balance them all.


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