Flouncy Sleeve Burritos

 

I’ve been continuing my work on the Renaissance fair dress (using Butterick 4571) by adding sleeves. These are somewhat complicated and include a lining as well as an oversleeve.

The pattern has you work on the upper sleeve (which includes the oversleeve) first, so here I am connecting the oversleeve to the top of the arm.

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I have now used crushed panne velvet for three costume dresses – this, Elizabeth, and Lady Amalthea – and there are things about it that I love and things that I wish would change.  I love that it is stretchy.  I love that it does not fray.  I love the shiny texture.  I love that it is reasonably priced.  I do not love that it moves a lot when sewn.  I also don’t love that it leaves fuzzies on other fabric occasionally. It’s not slippery, just moves due to its stretchiness.  It’s one of those fabrics that is a little bit sneaky and sometimes you stitch an unwanted fold into a seam because it moved unexpectedly.  Anyway, this was a bit of a tangent, but I continue to have a love hate relationship with this fabric.

I’m lining the sleeves in the same deep red satin that I used on the bodice.  This terrifies me because I’m afraid it won’t fit my mother-in-law.  I haven’t sewn very many things for other people, so this is just a generic fear.  But since the dress AND sleeves have a lining, that just doubles the ways I can fail at it.  Anyway, here is the completed top part of the sleeve, with the lining still turned out.  I love this contrast fabric!

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Next it was time to sew the bottom part of the sleeve, and of course, its matching lining.

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And now the confusing part.  The instructions were not actually terrible, though the pictures left a little to be desired.  To connect the bottom and upper parts of the sleeve together, I had to make these nifty sleeve burritos.  Looks tasty, no?  And not at all uncomfortable, hah?

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Bottom sleeve lining up, I lined up the underarm seams, pinned the heck out of it at the elbow spot, and stitched.  I was a little afraid that my spatial reasoning may have turned against me on this one, but when all was said and done, the correct sides were in the correct places. HUZZAH – they are so pretty and flouncy!

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This is where I have left the project for the evening.  The next step will be my least favorite – slip stitching the lining on the sleeves closed at the elbow.  I did more spatial reasoning and have concluded that my sleeve should look something like this before I start the slip stitching process (which will, of course, include lots of grumbling and much cursing).

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The goal will be to stitch the folded / ironed seam on the left so that it hides the crap on the right, but without stitching through all my fabric layers.  Meh.  I haven’t slip stitched in forever (maybe since this coat??), probably time to review the skill I guess.  Once slip stitching is complete, a bit of decorative stuff for the sleeves, and then attaching to the shoulder seams.  Which is about perfect since Debbie will get to try this on over the weekend!

 

2 comments for “Flouncy Sleeve Burritos

  1. October 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I really enjoyed your post title, ha. Looks awesome!

     
    • October 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks! Hoping it all comes together nicely AND FITS!

       

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