I Sewed Sleeves!!

Yup, big news in this house ( well for me anyway). I managed to make an item of clothing with sleeves, actual sleeves. “So? A lot of clothes have sleeves, what’s the big deal?” I bet you’re thinking.  The thing is I have a bit of a fear of them, they scare me. I know how silly that sounds but when you’re learning there is always something you know you are going to find difficult and your brain just won’t be able to handle it. For me when it comes to sewing I fear sleeves, I just cant understand how you can smoothly fit an arm into a shoulder without it becoming a horrible ruched mess.

So far my handmade wardrobe hasn’t required much sleeve sewing, the weather gods have been on my side, but Autumn is officially making its presence known.  The weather is starting to get cooler and my arms are getting chilly. I really want to carry on with my handmade wardrobe plans so I faced my fears and made a cardigan. to ease myself in gently I opted for the Coppélia top from Papercut Patterns. It’s a cute little wrap cardi and the best bit is it has raglan sleeves. I know I know I’m a bit of a cheat but a sleeves a sleeve no matter how its constructed!

To give myself more of a challenge I chose to make it out of some mouth watering electric blue Lycra. It reminds me of my childhood dance uniforms Woo!

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I wasn’t sure how well I was going to get on with Lycra but its pretty easy to work with, I’ve come to realise I’m a big knit fabric fan, if its stretchy I love it.

I made a size S as per my measurements but really I should have made an XS. As you can see in the photos its a little loose fitting, especially in the front.

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Luckily the wrap style means I can get away with wearing it without the back looking too baggy. It came together nice and quickly, which is great as I plan on making more, it’s a great wardrobe staple.

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My glamorous assistant wanted to get some of the attention too.

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I’m not planning on wearing only raglan sleeves through the winter months so at some point soon expect a blog post about inset sleeves. Wish me luck!

One Response to “I Sewed Sleeves!!”

  • Julie:

    Yay about time….l told you sleves aren’t scary.
    The colour looks stunning on you.
    Of course it goes without saying your glamorous assistant is super handsome. I know I’m biased!!!!!!

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