Thursday 4 August 2016

Wardrobe Staples: Flutter Sleeve T-Shirt

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Just a little filler sewing project (definition: when you find a random fabric piece at home and must use it) - ft. experimentation with circular sleeves. Ended up being a remarkably easy way to do sleeves quickly! Loose inspiration here - though skipped the low back for office appropriate-ness..

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Fabric, 1.5 m (I got away with 1m but 1.5 is safer, I used a soft 100% cotton)  |  Scissors  |  Pins  |  Sewing machine, thread & needle  |  Optional: bias tape (for neckline and hemming sleeves)

I. Here are some indicative measurements for my cut top pieces (I'm still a EU36/US4):
photo 1 Cut pieces_zpstcgmkhfr.jpg II. First did flat-felled seams at the shoulders. Then finished the neckline using the bias tape method I've detailed here.
photo 2 Shoulder seams done_zpsvdhi0par.jpg
III. Then cut out my sleeves. Super easy: kind of like cutting out a piece for a quarter-circle skirt. Used the trusty By Hand London calculator to plug in my arm hole length as the waist circumference, with the quarter option selected. My arm hole total length was 48 cm, so I got a circle radius of 29.5cm or so. Just drew that from the corner of the fabric, and then a second quarter-circle to mark the desired length of the sleeve. For me that was 24 cm.
photo 3 Cut sleeve_zpsposbrp7l.jpg IV. Then pinned the sleeves to the arm holes, right sides facing, and sewed in place.
photo 6 Done sleeves_zpsaofnspt8.jpg
Here's a closer look at the finished neckline as well.. Hand-sewed the bias tape on the reverse.

photo 5 Done neckline_zpsdlrcyhmj.jpg
V. Next pinned the under arm seams and the sides and sewed those..
photo 7 Pinned sides_zpsi4o7cw5d.jpg
VI. And finally, after trying the top on, adjusted the sleeve shape a little by cutting a slice off. This way the sleeve hems ended up looking parallel to the ground when worn.
photo 8 Adjusted sleeve length_zpsdy8f0u8b.jpg VII. Final note: here's my lazy seam sewing, when I can't be bothered by flat-felled seams everywhere. First just a regular stitch, then zig-zag the seam allowance on reverse, press it flat towards the back piece of the garment, and on the right side, add another stitch next to the first one.
photo 9 Seams rigth side_zpssxuwr12z.jpg
Here's what it looks like on the reverse. Nice and flat, but not too time consuming.
photo 10 Seam reverse_zpsewuo9sn1.jpg
Lastly just hemmed the sleeves using the same bias tape method as for the neckline. The hem of the shirt itself I just double-folded.
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