And Add Sleeve

1 Sleeve quarter1 Royal crescent curveDo you like this: instead of a sleeve, a cap is formed from three 25cm strips of fabric in a kind of braid-arrangement looping over or under each other?  I wanted something unusual-looking to complete the asymmetrical blouse and the idea came from a cheap jersey top I bought from H&M  – don’t judge me –  probably in 2011 and which had similar sleeves.  It’s a top I kept in a rag drawer long after it wore out with the idea of copying it some day, but guess what?  I decided during a recent clear out that I was never going to find the time to copy it so I chucked it.  Oh, what a plonker!  1 Sleeve plan

Last week I spent hours puzzling over how to size the pieces and how to fit them to resemble the original’s grace and harmony.  This is Draft #1.  It looks fine but takes some adjustment (fiddling) in order to do so.

1 MaybeA tartan diversion: the pictures above were taken by my mum outside the apartment in which we were staying in Edinburgh last week.  We went there for her birthday and for me to run the Edinburgh Marathon.  Check out my pre-race bin bag couture:  no cheap black stuff for me…1 Binbag Couture

Simple Human bin bags are probably more expensive than some of the fabrics that I buy but they were all I could find under the kitchen sink on a wet Sunday morning.  Besides, the drawstring made such a handy waistband for the skirt!

You might find interesting this sample of Tartan I found in Greyfriars with the explanation of why certain colours made it into the weave.  Click to enlarge the text: it’s a good read.  I wonder what my tartan would have.  Black, of course, then green, turquoise and blue of the Dalmatian coast where I’m from.  Shocking pink is nice too!  What would you choose?  I found my recent hunt for tartan rather disappointing with all colours on offer reminding me of school kilts.

1 Greyfriars Tartan

20 thoughts on “And Add Sleeve

  1. Well done! I love it! You did a great job on this shirt, and it is very inspiring. The VW jacket, the black country western shirt, and this shirt have all been nagging at me to get creating something and blog it – especially as another “Make Your Own Patterns” convert. If I do, you will be the first to know.

  2. I love that sleeve! It goes so well with the overall design of the whole top. Especially well done as you’d thrown away your original inspiration – exactly the sort of thing I would do.
    The tartan information is interesting reading. Many many moons ago I worked for the late lamented British Caledonian Airways and, if you remember, the uniform was a tartan kilt, jacket and a rather fetching little hat. I was in Sales but wore mine for promotional events etc. and we were allowed to choose which tartan we wanted and the main colours in mine were brown and a lovely shade of blue – it was called Hunting Thomson. (but I digress!)
    How did you do in the marathon by the way?

    • Wow, British Caledonian I used to live in Sierra Leone but with a British stepdad and we’d always fly to the UK with BC. I remember the uniforms and the puzzles/games they gave kids to keep them entertained on long flights.

      The marathon was my fourth and I got a time of 3:56 which isn’t my best but I’m fairly pleased. Really enjoyed the training before the race and the tired legs after the race… not so much the actual marathon which is where all kinds of doubts creep in. Thanks for asking: I’m scared of boring people to death with running talk!

  3. Lovely to see your cap sleeves. I have a top with those sleeves which I bought in a charity shop. Must search it out again. My top also had lace on which added to the cuteness. You’ve really inspired me, I shall have find some suitable fabric and have a go. All my stash of fabric is cotton for quilting – this is how we end up with such a lot of fabric, never have just the right thing to hand when the inspiration strikes.

    Love your outfit for the race. I’m sure you will have enjoyed the day. Well done you.

    • Thanks for asking: well the first hour was great as were the last 5 minutes. The bit inbetween… uncomfortable! I finished in a time I’m fairly pleased with (3:56) and felt great for days afterwards!

    • It’s a respectable first attempt and well done for giving it a go. The next time, I’d maybe start of with a lower, more scooped neckline and more fabric in the pleats.

  4. I think your sleeves are wonderful. Well done. And running a marathon! And doing it quite quickly! What a star.

    I really love tartan, and I remember really wanting one of those BC uniforms – they had a cute little tam as well. Marianne – I have been looking for a site (I think it was on the V&A site when the VW exhibition was on) where you could “design your own tartan” using really nice colours. I don’t think it exists anymore, unfortunately.

    Pattern Vault made her YSL pattern wedding dress in black tartan – do have a look. It’s stunning.

    • Thanks!

      That Pattern Vault wedding dress is wonderful (plus the men in kilts in the background, how apt). So glad you told me about her; don’t know how this escaped me before.

  5. The sleeves are super but that plastic frock is a stroke of a genius.
    Congratulation on your 4th marathon.

  6. Love those sleeves. And I won’t judge as many a good bargain can be found in H&M.
    I’m impressed with your marathon running BTW. You’ve been keeping that quiet!

  7. To read the story of the Greyfriar’s Tartan, was an interesting experience, and I wonder what the tartan of my dreams would look like… I think I’ve learned a lot from that, and, by the way: I love your shirt and the sleeves. This was definitely a lot of work, but in the end it seems to be a real success.

    Kind regards

  8. Fabulous sleeves. Sorry I can’t get my head around how they work. Can you give us some instructions?

    Well done on running the marathon!

  9. He,

    I am writting from Belgium. I am an frenchspeaker. I am so interrested by your sleeves. Can you give me some instructions as you done with Chunky Neckline Pleats. Thanks so lot.

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