1.  Puff Sleeve

2.  Leg Of Mutton

3.  Petal Sleeve

4.  Peasant Sleeve

5.  Juliet Sleeve

6.  Kimono Sleeve

7. Bishop Sleeve

8. Bell Sleeve

9. Raglan Sleeve

10. Dolman Sleeve

11. Lantern  Sleeve

  • Batwing sleeve, a long sleeve with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist. Also known as a “magyar” sleeve.
  • Bell sleeve, a long sleeve that is fitted from the shoulder to elbow and gently flared from elbow onward. The bell sleeve is very similar to the poet sleeve, but has a “cleaner look,” often without ruffles.
  • Bishop sleeve, a long sleeve, fuller at the bottom than the top, and gathered into a cuff (1940s)
  • Butterfly sleeve, usually found on dresses or formal blouses that start at the shoulder and get wider toward the end of the sleeve, but usually don’t go longer than 4–5 inches. The difference between a butterfly sleeve and a Bell sleeve is that butterfly sleeves usually don’t go completely around the full arm
  • Cap sleeve, a very short sleeve covering only the shoulder, not extending below armpit level
  • Dolman sleeve, a long sleeve that is very wide at the top and narrow at the wrist
  • Gigot sleeve or leg of mutton sleeve, a sleeve that is extremely wide over the upper arm and narrow from the elbow to the wrist
  • Hanging sleeve, a sleeve that opens down the side or front, or at the elbow, to allow the arm to pass through (14th15th, and 16th centuries.)
  • Juliette sleeve, a long, tight sleeve with a puff at the top, inspired by fashions of the Italian Renaissance and named after Shakespeare’s tragic heroine; popular from the Empire period through the 1820s in fashion, again in the late 1960s under the influence of Zeffirelli’s film
  • Pagoda sleeve, a wide, bell-shaped sleeve popular in the 1860s, worn over an engageante or false undersleeve
  • Paned sleeve, a sleeve made in panes or panels, allowing a lining or shirt-sleeve to show through (16th and 17th centuries)
  • Poet sleeve, a long sleeve fitted from shoulder to elbow, and then flared (somewhat dramatically) from elbow to wrist (or sometimes mid-hand). Often features ruffles on the cuffs.
  • Puffed or puff sleeve, a short, ¾ length or full sleeve that is gathered at the top and bottom, now most often seen on wedding and children’s clothing
  • Raglan sleeve, a sleeve that extends to the neckline
  • Set-in sleeve, a sleeve sewn into an armhole (armscye)
  • Two-piece sleeve, a sleeve cut in two pieces, inner and outer, to allow the sleeve to take a slight “L” shape to accommodate the natural bend at the elbow without wrinkling; used in tailoredgarments
  • Virago sleeve, a full “paned” or “pansied” sleeve gathered into two puffs by a ribbon or fabric band above the elbow, worn in the 1620s and 1630s.
  • 1/4 Length Sleeve, a sleeve which extends from the shoulder to mid-way down the biceps and triceps area.
  • 3/4 Length Sleeve, a sleeve which extends from the shoulder to a length mid-way between the elbow and the wrist. It was common in the United States in the 1950s and again 21st century.


Cap Sleeves

The cap sleeve sits directly on the shoulder. Cap sleeves are not tight-fitting at all, which allows for a comfortably loose fit above the arms. This is the shortest type of sleeve cut on women’s tops and dresses.

Puff Sleeve

Puffy sleeves are named for the way this type of sleeve extends out in round puffs around the upper arms or at the shoulders.

Leg Of Mutton

The leg-of-mutton sleeve is constructed with a full top that is gathered into the armhole. The fabric then tapers gradually to tuck in closely at the wrist, which gives the sleeve the bell-shaped outline, just like a leg of mutton. This type of sleeve was first seen in 1824, but eventually made a comeback in the swinging days of the 1890s.


French Lady is wearing a flat brim hat and decorated with ribbons, ruff no.8 with lace collar over leg-o-mutton sleeves and pointed waist top,corset underneath,and bell shape skirt with box pleat and fur line decoration.

Petal Sleeve
A two piece sleeve that overlap to form a petal shape.
Peasant Sleeve
Juliet Sleeve
    Juliette sleeve, a long, tight sleeve with a puff at the top,
Bishop Sleeves
Bishop sleeve, a long sleeve, fuller at the bottom than the top, and gathered into a cuff
Bell Sleeve
bell sleeve can be either long or short and is usually set smoothly into the armhole (no pleating or shirring) and flares toward the bottom, where it is gathered into a band, or cuff, by shirring or by smocking. The effect is reminiscent of a bell in its shape.
If the sleeve is relatively full in circumference and is gathered or pleated into both the armhole and at the bottom, it is called a Bishop’s Sleeve.
 Raglan a sleeve that extends in one piece to the neckline of a coat or sweater with seams from the armhole to the neck
   a sleeve that is very wide at the armhole and tapers to a tight wrist
Cape Sleeve
Plain at top and wrist ballooned out halfway between the wrist and the elbow. Cut in two pieces with a seam going around the sleeve at the fullest part.
Loose, draping at armscye.
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