Full, round and
balloon-shaped over the shoulder and upper arm, then narrowing over the lower
arm and wrist.
Fitted over the
bicep and then flares slightly outward (like a bell) over the forearm. This
detail adds interest and something special to a simpler, classic and unadorned
Puffs a bit at
the shoulder, then expands fuller over the arm, then gathers at the wrist. A
very casual and natural look.
A short extension
to a sleeveless look, offering a ‘pouf’ of fabric over the shoulder, gathering
under or against the very top of the arm.
Also termed the
‘batwing’ style, the fabric begins very wide at the ribcage or waist, then narrows
at the wrist.
The long, fitted
sleeve extending to a point-shape at the wrist or top of the hand.
A pouf at the top
of the arm, then a separate section that covers the entire arm, coming to a
point at the top of the hand. The bottom section may be a full-length glove for
A large, round
pouf over the shoulder, then narrowing over the arm to encircle the wrist.
netting-type material that forms a see-through sleeve yet offers ‘the illusion’
of coverage. If you’re not happy with your upper arms, this type of sleeve may
be for you.
A full sleeve
extending down to the wrist, with a ‘puff’ accent at the shoulder and upper
arm. Again, see the illustration.
Off the Shoulder
Wraps across the
upper arms, leaving the shoulders bare.
The short sleeves
are made of two to three different panels that overlap to look like a tulip in
Fitted close over
the upper arm, and then flares out widely from the elbow, with long ruffles at
the wrist length. It’s called the ‘poet,’ because it’s reminiscent of the
Shakespearean era. This sleeve has a heritage feeling, movement and flow, and
is a romantic accent to a traditional gown.
A larger cap
sleeve, ending lower on the arm.
A strapless dress
is held up by a skinny strap or fabric band over each shoulder.
to four inches below your shoulders, this sleeve type resembles the traditional
tee shirt sleeve cut.
the shoulder to mid-forearm.
with several flaps of fabric overlapping to resemble a flower. Also called the