2018 Sewing Plans!

I know it is already April. (How? What?). And even though I am still finishing up some things from my last year to sew list, I have been thinking about what is on the sewing horizon for 2018.

1. Cashmerette Ames Jeans

I wear black or grey pants to work almost everyday. I thought I could make a nice pair of Ames with this navy scuba faux suede. I had no idea such a fabric combo existed, but I am very excited about it!

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Drafting a Knit Sleeve

When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.

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Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.

My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.

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A third Simplicity 8379

Yes, that’s right! I have now made 3 of these Simplicity 8379 dresses! This is one of my favorite dresses for all seasons. In the winter I throw on black leggings with it.

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The only alterations I make to the XXL are to add sleeves and add 2″ inches to the length. Easy!

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I will be putting up the self-drafting sleeve tutorial later this month, so keep an eye out. Happy Sewing!

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