Dreaming of Spring with A Rhapsody Ruffle Sleeve

…A Mini Pattern Hack Blog Post

This is a mini blog post on how to create a Bishop sleeve with a ruffle cuff. For more detailed information of the Love Notions Rhapsody Blouse visit this blog post.

With the anticipation of Spring’s arrival, I am always anxious to add a few new Rhapsody Blouses to my closet. Add in new rayon challis prints available from Raspberry Creek Fabrics ~ and I am ready to get sewing.

I made a ton of cap sleeve Rhapsody Blouses last summer as my everyday tops. They were perfect for hot and humid weather, and looked so much cuter than a basic t-Shirt. When Fall came around, and we still had a few get aways planned- I decided to add a long sleeved Rhapsody to my travel wardrobe. I wanted something romantic and soft with full arm coverage. So came up with what I’m calling a Bishop Ruffle cuff sleeve! It’s a really simple hack that you could use on any long sleeve Bishop sleeve.

I created this “Ruffle Cuff Bishop” sleeve simply by adding a bias tape casing to the inside of the sleeve, and then inserting 3/8″ wide elastic. Keep reading to learn how.

Bias Tape

Before we get to the step by step directions, let’s talk about the bias tape. I highly recommend making your own. Handmade bias tape truly elevates your Rhapsody Blouse. There are many tutorials online. You can even find one here in the Love Notions Blog.

  • When cutting bias strips for your neckedge and ties, make 2 additional strips for the sleeves.
  • I made 2 strips, 20″ X 1 1/4″ for my size XL sleeves.
  • On both long edges, fold and press 1/4″.


Start with the Bishop Sleeve pattern piece. I did NOT add any length to my yellow floral version. I typically need to shorten long sleeves for my shorter arms. You may want to add length to this sleeve if you want it to hit at your wrist and blouse over. I suggest cutting a sleeve from some muslin and sewing it up and trying it on your arm. My cream print version is a Bishop sleeve with my typical length adjustment(1-2″). As you can see, it ends higher up on my forearm.

I prefer to hem and create my elastic casing BEFORE I inserting the sleeve to my blouse. I find there is less fabric to work with and makes it easier to handle.

  • Sew sleeve underarm seam as indicated in the pattern direction (1/4″ + 1/4″ French seam).
  • Hem the bottom edge of the sleeve with a narrow hem.
  • Measure 2 1/2″ up from the sleeve hem and mark.
  • Pin the wrong side of the bias tape to the wrong side of the sleeve, placing the bottom edge of the bias tape along your markings.
  • Fold under the beginning and end 1/2″.
  • Stitch along both long edges of the bias tape.
  • Insert elastic, tighten as desired. I used 3/8″ wide elastic. Stitch ends of elastic together with a stretch or zig-zag stitch.
  • Slip stitch the opening closed. (TIP: I typically do this AFTER I have worn the blouse, so I can double check the elastic tightness)

EXTRA TIP: I almost ALWAYS sew 2 Rhapsody Blouses at the same time. I choose 2 fabrics that I can use the same color thread for. It really does take less time to batch sew 2 than if I made them separately.

For more information on the Rhapsody Blouse, such as sizing, fabrics and more sewing tips visit this Rhapsody Blouse Roundup post.

Fabric Resources

Both of these blouses are made from Raspberry Creek Fabrics rayon challis. It is by far my favorite rayon challis to work with. It isn’t as shifty as many others, making it easier to sew with. It washes so nicely and has a beautiful drape.

The Vintage green and yellow floral is from the Spring 2023 line and is available HERE. This fabric was provided to me as a member of the RCF promo team.

The Cream Boho Floral Garden print rayon challis I purchased and had custom printed from the Designer Studios at RCF. You can find this print here.

Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate all of you that visit!  If you enjoyed this blog post, consider subscribing to my blog to stay up to date with all my posts!  

Mary Anne 🙂

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You can grab your Rhapsody Blouse pattern here.

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