Monday, August 18, 2014

Sleeve Embellishment

The summer version of Butterick 5821 is my favorite piece of all of the garments I've made recently.  It wears easily plus I love the details that I included in this dress. I especially love the sleeves.  I think they really add to the overall look of the dress.



In that post I said that I would show how I made the changes to the sleeves and the process is below.



The sleeve was cut out. Then 2" was cut off of the bottom. Next the piping was basted onto the sleeve, 5/8" from the edge.  


A 2" long by the width of the sleeve strip of the black and white polka dot fabric was cut. The edges were serge finished. 


A picture of all the parts prior to stitching them together.


Pinning the strip to the sleeve with the piping attached.


Stitching the pieces together using my zipper foot. Sewing right next to the piping to enclose it in the seam.


Embellishment stitched to sleeve


Band folded in half. Pressed flat and pinned.


Topstitched the piping close to the seam


Finished sleeves showing piping and black n white polka dot fabric

I've made these types of sleeves before on other dresses because I think they add an interesting element to them.  I hope this process will help you add this embellishment to one of your future garments.

...as always more later!



32 comments:

  1. Very nice! Did you make the piping, and if not, wherever did you find it? I hope they have an online store for those of us who live in Smallville.

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    1. I'm really sorry but I've had that piping FOREVER! Don't even know where it came from - so internet source to give you to buy some of your own.

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  2. This is such a fun and striking detail!

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  3. Love these sleeves. I'm a big fan of piping and cording.

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  4. Very nice finish - thank you for sharing this, I'm sure I will be following your example.

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  5. I really will be trying this out ~ the effect is just brilliant ... J

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  6. Really cute finish! thanks for the idea

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  7. That's a nice touch--thank you for showing how you did that!

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  8. I agree, it really does add a special touch!

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  9. Nice sleeve detailing. The striped piping and the white dots on black are just perfect.

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  10. Great detail! I'm always up for some piping.

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  11. I literally just did this the other night lol. I haven't finished the dress though. I can't wait to see it finished!

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  12. Beautiful, inventive details! I am so inspired by your work.

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  13. Thank you for showing us how to add the piping...I sure appreciate it!!! I love polka dots and that striped piping on the sleeves and neck is beautiful.

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  14. Ahhh! Thank you for this tutorial. I'm book marking it to use in the future. What a great way to add interesting details to a pattern. BRAVO!

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  15. Lovely. I'd like to try this in the future. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  16. Very Nice! Thanks for sharing this fun and striking detail! And thanks for the tutorial - it will be great to try this sometime.

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  17. Great idea, and it looks simpler than I thought.

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  18. Great detail and beautiful finishing technique!

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  19. What a fun sleeve - love it!

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  20. Lovely detail thank you for showing how simple it can be!

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  21. A super cute detail, Carolyn!

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  22. that is very very sharp! love it.

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  23. that is so beautiful and so simple. I really need to find me a good dress pattern with sleeves, as I tend to sew sleeves dresses and I'm a bit over it now. Definitely gonna stash away this tip.

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  24. Very nice pattern mix. You write great tutorials, Carolyn!

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  25. Your post gave me an "AHA!!" moment. I have a couple of pieces of fabric that aren't quite enough to make even a simple top. Seeing your post inspired me to use one piece on the front and something else on the back. Don't know why I never thought of that! Thanks.

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  26. Oh wow, those sleeves are really something special! I love the piping.

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  27. Carolyn, this is a very clear tutorial. Thank you!! I love the mix of the piping and the band.

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