Snow White sleeves tutorial

OK, so I said I’d put together a quick tutorial on the Snow White sleeves-so I’m writing it up and posting it so I won’t forget! (Like I’ve ever done that before. heh heh)
Alos, sorry about the bad quality of these pics-this was done at night time, obviously!
Click below for more!  

 Here’s the basic sleeve shape.
To give you an idea of how big it is compared to the bodice piece, here’s a pic of that. It’s easy to make and very easy to fit when gathered.
 I cut two pieces of blue from my pattern, and then cut it up in three places like so, to insert the red into later.
 Then I cut strips of red 2″ wide.
 Make sure the red strips are basically long enough for the sleeve part. We’ll trim them down later.
Then, sew the pieces right sides together, alternating red and blue-making sure to keep the pieces in order. Sew with about 1/4″ seam.
 I kept the bottom of the sleeve lined up as evenly as possible-them trimmed the top off where needed.
 like this…Press your seams towards the blue fabric.
 Then, form a pleat by folding the blue fabric into the middle of the red, and pin it down like so. Sew over these pleats to keep them in place.
This is the back view. Continue with the rest of your pleats and then sew on a band along the bottom and sew to the bodice. (don’t have pics for this part)You won’t need to gather it because of the seams you made-that used up all the gathering space. 

Hopefully this made some sense! Let me know if not.


  1. Oh, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to try this. I love learning new techniques.

  2. This is great! Thanks a lot. Ever tried Tinkerbell?

  3. Love this! It’s perfect for the Disney Snow White, but it’d be pretty on just about any dress for a little girl.

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  4. Thanks for the tutorial! I’m considering making a robe with paned puffed sleeves for my son who will be in a kids’ Shakespeare play. (I added that terminology to make internet searching for the rest of us, ha ha).

    Is the sleeve pattern originally for a puffed sleeve, or is it a regular sleeve that puffs up with the panels?

  5. Renata-the sleeve pattern is originally for a gathered/puffy sleeve, but when I added the panels, the seam allowances took out the room for gathering, and it fit pretty well-and like a normal sleeve. Hope this helped!

  6. Yes, that helps quite a bit. Thanks!

  7. thanks for the great instructions on the sleeves. This may be a silly question, but did you post the rest of the dress? I’m thinking of making several different princess dresses for my DD this summer but haven’t seen any about Snow White until I browsed your tutorials again this evening.

    BTW–I LOVE your blog 🙂

  8. oh thank you for sharing this…this is exactly what I need.

  9. NEW.FAVORITE.SITE. … love you’re stuff!

  10. Anonymous says

    This is a great post!! If you adjust the red strips and make them slightly narrower, they can lay perfectly flat on the back and then you can fold the blue strips into the center of the red and when it’s finished you won’t see the seam where you sewed the red to the blue. :o)

  11. Thank-you for this tutorial. I made the sleeves today. Now for the rest of the dress….

  12. This tutorial was just what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing. You can see my Snow White dress here – Thank you!

  13. Madam
    You are trully blessed ,you make everything look easy……wow

  14. Wow! Genius! You get it in the sewing department! Love how much you inspire me to keep trying new things! Thank you!

  15. Awesome! Best tutorial I’ve found. You certainly did it the way I’d expect snow whites gown to be sewn… I do have a question, I’ve been searching for this because I’m try to figure out if there is a certain name for this style of pleat, where it is a different color on the inside, and made into an never yes box pleat, but then gathered at both ends… I’m trying to research the best way to use this style pleat in a dress on the front of the botice. No luck because I can’t figure out how to describe it other than, “snow whites sleeve pleat”

  16. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I feel like this totally took my daughter’s Halloween costume from Amateur Hour to Professional Looking. I don’t even want to think about what it would have looked like if I had tried to figure this out for myself. . .

  17. What pattern did you use for the rest of the dress? And did you see the band on before or after attaching the sleeves to the dress

  18. Thank you so much for this! Do you think this technique would work on a bulky fabric like fleece? I appreciate your help!

  19. I savor, result in I discovered just what I was taking a look for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a
    great day. Bye

  20. Thank you so much! This was super helpful and easy to follow and turned out fabulously! My daughter wanted to go as Snow White on fairy tale day and I couldn’t find a costume to buy so I made one. Thank you again!

  21. I never get tired of this tutorial. I have used it on an adult sized Snow White dress and more recently a toddler sized. I did post a quick photo of it and linked back to you ( Thanks for sharing!

  22. I used your sleeves instructions on a purchased pattern and it is so adorable!

  23. Excelente, imaginaba que era asi. very thanks…


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