I heard of Sleevey Wonders a couple of years ago…I think via Thornberry’s blog. Quite a good idea, but to be honest, I wouldn’t pay for something I can easily make, and I know that wearing something crop length like these, would make me want to keep pulling it down…
Personally, I’m just inclined to layer a long sleeved T shirt, and be done with it [some of the fancy ones are cute though.]
Anyway, having made the Clare Shaeffer V9145
I know needed to complete the plan, and make the long sleeve chiffon top to wear underneath, should I choose. I selected the Vogue 8793 Tilton T shirt pattern, which is, of course, sized for stretch fabrics. It does come out quite loose though, so I think I’ll be OK in my chosen tartan-print chiffon, a bargain from Barry’s £2/m table. Or was it £1/m? Either way, I only picked up a smallish bit, still plenty for this top. It’s fairly sheer, but won’t [I promise] be worn alone! I decided to cut it on the bias, just to make sure that it won’t be tight. Slippery work, but fine.
Armed with a new needle, a few miles of bias strips to bind the neckline, and plans for French seams, I set to.
And it went together in about two hours, no fuss at all. I went slowly, because, well, french seams on chiffon, but the machine made no trouble, the iron didn’t catch anything and all was well. The only thing that caused any grief was the usual issue of sewing black fabric, sometimes I couldn’t see my own stitching!
I made narrow binding for the neckline, and hand stitched it, but just did a far-from-wonderful fold and zigzag on the hem and cuffs.
It fits, it will be very functional, and I’m happy.
What do you think?
And worn with the dress itself, as intended
Sorry it’s blurred, I got over-excited!