Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Make a Gathered Sleeve


How to Make a Gathered Sleeve

This week we are sewing up the Holly and Ivy Party Dress pattern.  

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Here is what we have covered so far:

Tuesday - Sewing the Bodice 


Today we are going to talk sleeves!  The great thing about the Holly and Ivy Party Dress is that it comes with 3 different sleeve styles and 3 different sleeve lengths.  The sleeveless and long sleeve versions are fairly straight forward, however, the short gathered sleeve can be a bit tricky.  Especially for the super small sizes.  So we thought we'd share a different method to sew your gathered sleeve.

Once you've cut out your sleeve, you'll want to hem your sleeve.  Yep, hem it now.  This will make a casing for your elastic.  You'll also want to add your gathering stitches across the top of the sleeve (see pattern for details).  Now, thread your elastic on a safety pin.

How to Make a Gathered Sleeve


Carefully pull your elastic through the casing you make on the sleeve.  Tack down one side of the casing.  Then pull the elastic until you get the desired amount of gathering.
How to Make a Gathered Sleeve


Tack down the other side of your elastic and cut off any excess elastic.  Repeat with your opposite sleeve.


How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT


Find your armhole on your bodice top.  Pull the lining away from the main fabric.  With right sides together, pin the center of your sleeve to the shoulder seam of the bodice.  Now pin the sleeve around the armhole.  You'll want to pull your gathering stitches so that sleeve will fit nicely in the armhole.  Stitch.


How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT
Repeat with the opposite sleeve.  It should look something like the picture below.


How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT

Now, place the front bodice and back bodice together at the side seam.  Make sure right sides are together and stitch down the side seam.  Do the same thing on the opposite side and repeat with the lining pieces as well.


How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT

Place the lining over the bodice and match the lining armhole to the main armhole.  Push the sleeve inside the armhole.  It should look like the image below.  You can see the raw edges of the armhole matches up.  Carefully tack the lining to the main fabric around the armhole.  You can try sewing it with a machine or simply hand sew around.  Then finish your seams with a zigzag stitch or overlock.

How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT

There you have it.  You can use the same method to attach the long sleeves as well.  It can be tricky to sew infant and toddler sleeves because of how small they are.  
How to Make a Gathered Sleeve by GYCT



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