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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Summer Breeze Top Gets A Sleeve

A number of you asked for a sleeve option when you saw the currently running sew along for the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze top. So, your wish is my command :), and I've created a sleeve for the top.
 It has 3 pleats that echo the front drape on the blouse.
The back of the sleeve lays flat over the arm, just like the back of the blouse basically lays flat over the back of the body.
The sleeve is very easy to draft. I used Butterick 5678 for my sleeve pattern. The pattern has been used for so many garments. If by chance you're new to the blog, or you just missed a few, you can see the many faces of Butterick 5678 here. I'll warn you now, there are quite a few posts.
The instructions for this sleeve are on the Sew News blog and you can find them here, http://www.sewnews.com/blogs/sewing/2014/07/17/sew-along-extra-summer-breeze-top-adding-sleeves/
You may have noticed that the hem of this blouse has a little extra fullness. I added a little something extra for anyone who might have mis-measured and the hip area of their top is just a little snug. It will be in the final sew along post this upcoming Monday. 



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15 comments:

  1. Perfect sleeve for that top!

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  2. Thanks Linda. I wanted to do something that accents the top and goes along with the summer aspect of the top.

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  3. You are proving (yet again) that you are the go to person for sleeves. Perfect sleeve, it really adds to the top.

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    1. What a lively compliment! Lucky me!! Thank you, you've made my day :)

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  4. There is not a short sleeve pattern included in the Butterick pattern. How do you know where to cut the long sleeve off?

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    1. Hi Joy, there are notches on either side of the pattern about 1/3 of the way down from the armpit. Draw a line to connect the notches and use this as your cutting line for a short sleeve. Be sure to do a muslin to test the length, but for a short sleeve it should be a good length. I am cutting off 2" from this point, so it is really ample. Please let me know if you have another question.

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  5. Lovely! Off to read your post.

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Let me know if you have any questions.

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