Last night I had the opportunity to talk to the Chicago Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. What a great group pf ladies! My program was on drafting sleeves. I was told to plan on a 30 minute talk, but the talk went on for an hour!!! Hopefully I didn't wear out my welcome :), but they seemed to enjoy the evening as much as I did. I hope so anyway. As I drove home last night, I thought about the fact that there are a number of new followers to the blog....welcome!!! So I thought I would showcase of few of my favorite sleeve posts.
When I was in design school, I found a drafting book devoted to sleeves. I was in love! Since then, I have had a passion for sleeve drafting.
So first up is a coat that I actually drafted when I was in school....yikes!!!, 30 years ago!!! I made a joke last night about having clothes that I have made that are now vintage. Oh well, I love the coat, and yes, I still wear it. I'm actually thinking about making some separates to wear with it and put it in this year's Haute Couture Fashion Show. The title of the show is Through The Looking Glass and the focus is on Alice's journey through Wonderland, so I think this will fit into the theme.The Twisted Petal Sleeve.
This sleeve is actually a play on the traditional petal sleeve. You can see the finished garment HERE.
Floating In Pleats Sleeve. The top for the above sleeve and the dress below were actually done for posts I did for Sew News on collar drafting. Take note that the sleeve actually follows the curve of the princess line. Very feminine.
All Points South Sleeve This is a very easy sleeve to draft. Be sure to take a looking at the drafting photos to see just how easy it is.
The Bending Willow Sleeve looks rather strange when it's laid out flat, but drapes beautifully on the arm.
Watch Me As I Walk Away Sleeve This sleeve looks rather complicated to draft, but just follow the instructions and it will work out perfectly. This is a great sleeve to use for color blocking.
The Gathered Keyhole Sleeve I'll be honest, this sleeve is a little tricky to draft, but it's such fun, so I think it's worth the effort.
The Pleated Epaulet Sleeve This sleeve gives the shoulder a very squared look. It looks great in a t-shirt as well as a jacket or coat.
The Rounded Square Shoulder Sleeve is one of my favorite sleeves. Very easy to draft and it opens itself to lots of design possibilities.You can see a picture of me in the sleeve HERE.The Cowl Draped Sleeve is a lovely sleeve that looks great with a cowl neck blouse or dress.
So this is just a sample of some of the sleeves we've done on Saturdays. Click on the links above to see the drafting instructions. You can also go to my Sleeves On Saturdays Pinterest page.
To all who have been around for a long time, thanks for all of your support and to those who are new, I hope you'll find lots of inspiration and maybe give a little pattern drafting a try.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!