It’s supposed to be spring soon, though you could not tell from the temperature! I’m dying to get outside and plant my tomatoes and some herbs. Until then I have started sewing for spring with this Vogue 1496 and a multicolor rayon.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The only alterations I make to the XXL are to add sleeves and add 2″ inches to the length. Easy!
I will be putting up the self-drafting sleeve tutorial later this month, so keep an eye out. Happy Sewing!