In today’s tutorial for the “Sheona Hacks” series, we are going to show you how to add elbow patches to your Sheona top or dress.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-your Sheona top pattern
-a piece of paper
-a measuring tape
-a pen or a pencil and a pair of scissors
-a sewing machine and/or overlocker and your basic sewing tools
In this hack we will be combining little additions that we showed you in previous hacks. More specifically, we will be lengthening the sleeves and adding cuffs to the Sheona top (you can find the tutorial for that HERE) and we will also be adding a contrasting neckband. To create this warm and cozy “sweater type” top we used this French Terry from Lamazi Fabrics and it was the perfect choice. It is soft, very warm on the inside and we just LOVE it. You can find more fabrics like this in their gorgeous shop.
For this tutorial, we went for a heart shaped patch, but you can make an oval shaped one if you prefer. The first thing you need to do is draw a heart on a piece of paper, trying to imagine how big you want your patch to be. Because it is a bit hard to determine both the size and the correct placement on the sleeves, we recommend the following: cut out all the pieces for your Sheona top out of the fabric. Then pin the seam of the sleeve wrong sides together, as if it was sewn and try it on. That way you can visualize better how big you have to make the patch and where exactly you need to place it in order to be right for your elbows. Use a few pins to mark the position and then remove the sleeve from your arm and cut out the patches out of the fabric.
To applique the patches on to the sleeve, you can just use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine and stitch around the edges of the heart. Give them a good press and continued with the construction of the top as usual.
And that’s actually it! It’s not complicated at all and this little detail adds a different vibe to the top, don’t you think?
We hope you give it a go and can’t wait to see your makes!