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