Saturday, 11 January 2020

How To: Silky Blouse with 3/4 Balloon Sleeves

My sewing resolutions for 2020: 1) Not to buy more fabric until I've used up what I currently have and 2) To focus on pieces I need day-to-day, tops (that also work for the office) being a priority. As opposed to for example sequin jackets..



TOOLS:
Fabric, 1.5m (I used a silky crepe)  |  Scissors  |  Pins  |  Thread & sewing machine  (ignore the elastic, I was going in a different direction first)


I. My cut pieces with measurements (2 of each) - with these you'll get a EU36/US 4 top, loose fit.
II. First sewed top sides and sleeve underseams.
III. Then pinned sleeves onto top and sewed them.
IV. At this point I adjusted the neckline just enough for it to fit over my head. I finished it with bias tape.
V. Onto the sleeves. I cut two pieces like this for the cuffs, pinned the short edges together right sides facing, and sewed into a circle..
.. Then folded in half and tried the cuff on to make sure it fit - which it did:
VI. Then I gathered the sleeve enough to match the width of the cuff..
.. And then pulled the sleeve through the cuff, right sides facing, and pinned together:
Then folded the cuff onto the reverse, and folding the raw edge to align with the first seam, pinned on. 
And finally hand-sewed on.
So I had this. Repeated for the second sleeve, and then just needed to hem the top.
Made a matching skirt like this one, and I had a sort of faux dress ✨
xo,

Julia

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