Step 7. Making the Sleeves
Making the sleeves on your chainmail shirt is easy, but it still takes more time than you might think. All that you need to do is keep adding onto the arm holes until you get the sleeve length you want.
1. Begin by simply creating a 4 in 1 chain in the same orientation that you made your shoulder straps. Your goal is to make it approximately the same length as the circumference of your sleeve. In other words, make it long enough to droop to the same height as the top of the tube under the armpits.
2. Attach the two ends of the chain together. Then connect it to the existing shoulder strap of your chainmail shirt. Note that this will leave a hole where your armpit is. We'll deal with that later.
3. Keep on making the same size loops, and keep on attaching them. All loops after the first one will attach completely to the one before. Make the sleeve however long you want.
4. Do the same thing on the other side.
5. At this point your are pretty much done with the sleeves. However, you may have noticed that the armpit still isn't attached. The reason we can't attach it is because the weave is oriented differently on each side. There isn't any "good" way to attach them.
Therefore, you have two options. You can either leave the armpit unattached, or you can do your best to attach them. Here is an example of how you might do it.
6. That's it for the sleeves! The last step is to customize it to your liking.