Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sleeves or Sleeveless at Stonemountain


 Here are more sleeve options to get you excited and sewing! Here is a kimono sleeve we had to share from Chado Ralph Ricci! Wow! So bold in red!

This very loose-fitting shirt has bands at collar, front, back and  sleeve. The front and back bands extend into tie ends at the sleeve cuff. No shoulder seams as the jacket is a kimono sleeve which means the sleeves are a part of the bodice.
Recommended Fabrics: Linen, Silk Dupioni, Jersey.
Lining: China Silk.
Know your sleeves:
 Butterfly - a sleeve that gets wider towards the end of the sleeve and has a fluttery butterfly effect.
Bishop - This long sleeve is full at the wrist and gathered into a cuff.
Pattern - Decades of Style - 1930's Butterfly Blouse
Puffed - a short or long sleeve that puffs at shoulder.
Poet - a long sleeve that flares from elbow to wrist and may have ruffles at cuff.
Pagoda - a wide sleeve worn over a false sleeve in the 1800's.
Tips and Quips
Engageante - is the name of the false sleeve worn under the pagoda.
Before becoming false sleeves, this term referred to ruffles or flounces of linen, cotton, or lace tacked to the end of sleeves. Historically, as garment making was laborious and expensive, women often updated garment details such as sleeves and presumably the engageante to style and fashion.

This cute pattern from Marcy Tilton is a stunner. It can be made with or without sleeves for three very different looks. Let's check them out!
Pattern - Vogue 8876 - Misses' Dress - Marcy Tilton
Here is the sleeveless option - cute and casual.
Nice for a picnic in the park or weekend wear.
Here is the same pattern with a cap sleeves and a different fabric for a more polished look. This would be a nice dress for casual office attire. Below is the same dress pattern with three-quarter length sleeves and a dark fabric.

Tips and Quips
A quarter sleeve reaches midway between the shoulder and the elbow. A three quarter length sleeve is midway between the wrist and the elbow.


 This pattern seems better suited for fall than the dresses above. You can make the ties contrast for a sportier look or match for a more elegant look. If the ties below were black, this dress would be a good evening out dress.
        DRESS:  Loose-fitting dress has collar with casing, yokes (self-lined back, cut  on crosswise grain), princess seams, side pockets, back pleat, and hem  band. Options of self-lined cap sleeves, stitched hem on sleeves, or front zipper. Purchased drawstring for collar.
Recommended Fabrics: Linen, Broadcloth, Gauze.
Follow us on Pinterest!
A great new place to share customer projects, staff picks, and the latest trunk shows in the store!
 Go to our Pinterest page - All About Sleeves
to see how to remodel a long sleeve into a short sleeve with a bonus tie at the collar! So cute! Also our Make Your Own Fashion board has lots of fashion project ideas and tips to try out!
Also check out how to make petal sleeves on our all about sleeves board - what a great tutorial!
Want help? Learn how to alter an existing pattern like this in our class # 250 - Sew and Fit Labs!
Super cute!

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