13 Sep Butterick 4735 With a Twist
It’s a girl 🙂
Greetings from Scottsdale where I’ve been since September 3, celebrating one of life’s greatest miracles ~ the birth of little “Birdie” born September 1. Hubby and I are truly thrilled to be first-time grandparents to such a precious bundle of joy!
Can you believe it, dear Readers? I started Goodbye Valentino as a new empty nester. In 5 short years, I’ve gained two son-in-laws, a new puppy and a granddaughter. My husband and I have each lost a beloved parent, and I’ve written a book to be published in 18 days.
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for hanging with me through it all.
I’m L O V I N G the new fall clothes! Ruffles, gorgeous fabrics and feminine style abound, but it is the ruffles and ruching which especially intrigue me, particularly in the sleeves.
Heavily influenced by photos of many tops, I put my own spin on sleeves beginning with this Butterick pattern I’ve own for years and sewn several times.
Sewn in lightweight chambray I followed the pattern instructions minus the sleeves. For each sleeve I used nearly one yard of fabric! Each of the three 4″ folds in the sleeve required 8″ of fabric.
After determining the length, I marked the sleeve every four inches beginning 1 1/2″ from the lower edge. (For demonstration purposes I’ve enhanced the photo below.) Each black line is folded to meet another black line which in turn brings the red lines together. After folding the sleeve in places, the sides were trimmed to even out the edges (above) resulting in the shape below.
The lower two folds were stitched along the black lines and the top fold was tacked in place by hand. After stitching the side seams, the lower edge was gathered and attached to a band.
The folding technique was adopted from a Marfy dress pattern, and I worked through the rest.
Most of the top was assembled before leaving home, but the sleeves were ruched and attached by hand. Fall clothes rarely excite me but this year is different – stay tuned for more!
Until soon 🙂