Symposium Session – Tailored Sleeve Setting

Tailored Sleeve Setting

Presented by Richard Harper.

Many of the problems with setting a sleeve can be alleviated by observing a few simple rules.

Sleeve Setting

This one-hour panel will consist of setting a sleeve into a coat; we will cover sleeve circumference to armscye proportions, determining sleeve cap height, the importance of grain, sleeve cap interfacing, shrinking out fullness, properly ‘hanging’ a sleeve, shoulder pad insertion, sleeve heads and other techniques, both hand- and machine-sewn.


Richard HarperRichard Harper was lucky enough to learn how to sew from his grandmother, a brilliant seamstress and his first teacher. Although a curious hobby for a young boy in small-town Iowa, the die was cast at a very young age and he was making much of his own clothing from middle school onwards. After a sewing hiatus during college, he discovered the Society for Creative Anachronism and a resurgence of the desire to study clothing construction and history. Richard attended many types of garment classes, culminating in his study of tailoring and dressmaking in the Haute Couture Certificate Program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. He has created clothing and costumes for Renaissance Faires, historical re-enactment and stage work, as well as accepting commissions for historical and contemporary wedding and concert attire.

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