So I have had this obsession with romantic puffy sleeves for as long as I can remember. I had a doll when I was little that had these beautiful puffy sleeves that I thought were perfect and as I grew older I realized that everytime I saw a dress or blouse with a bit of puffiness to it it never failed to catch my eye.
As I have just finished my first Colette Moneta I was imagining those puffy sleeves sitting on the sides of that simple stretchy bodice.
I bought this sulfer yellow Liverpool knit from fabric.com that I received yesterday and thought it would be perfect for a Moneta.
I took the regular short sleeve pattern from the Moneta and drafted a puffy sleeve from this by tracing the pattern and cutting it up into 6 parts. I then repositioned the pieces 1 inch apart and drew a new pattern that included a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
I then cut out this new piece and used it to cut out my sleeves from my new Liverpool knit.
To achieve the puffiness I gathered both sides of the sleeve and stitched a cuff to the bottom with the same length as the original Moneta short sleeve. This band had a depth of 2 inches.
I then finished the cuff with a double needle stitch that ran along the ditch.
I will sew up and attach the skirt tomorrow and am currently deciding if I want to do the shirred skirt that the pattern calls for or a pleated version.
Have you ever done any sleeve modifications on your dresses? I would love you hear about them!
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