As I made my selection on what pattern I wanted to use, I kept in mind that I wanted a simple bodice where I can hack it to add some fun sleeves. I chose the Meg pattern because it was the simple bodice I was going for with an extended shoulders to give the illusion of a sleeve. It reminded me of this dropped shoulder top I saw on Pinterest with two-tiered ruffles on the sleeves so I decided to recreate the look.
To create the top, I first assembled the top as instructed and finished the neckline with bias tape. Then, I hemmed the top by creating a rolled hem. Now here’s what you’ll need for the sleeves and the instructions on how to create them:
- Measuring tape
- Pins or clips
- Sewing marking pen
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- 3/8″ elastic
- Measure the circumference of the sleeve opening.
- Find out the radius of the this measurement to be used to make the ruffles. I used www.omnicalculator.com to get easy calculations on what my radius should be.
- Fold fabric twice (once vertically and again horizontally).
- From the folded corner, measure out the length of the sleeve radius. Mark that length from the corner at multiple points until you are able to connect the dots to form a quarter of a circle.
- At the folded corner, measure out the length of the sleeve radius + the length of the ruffle. Mark that length from the corner at multiple points until you are able to connect the dots to form a quarter of a circle.
- Cut the radius line and the ruffle length line. When you open it up, it should be in the shape of a donut.
- Hem the edges of the ruffles. (Tip, stitch .25″ above the hem of the ruffle to make it easier to fold up the hem when making a rolled hem on the round edges of the ruffle)
- Cut out 2 rectangles that are the sleeve circumference x 4.5″ and Cut out 2 rectangles that are the sleeve circumference x 12″. You can certainly adjust these lengths.
- With right sides together, stitch close the length of all four rectangles.
- Take one ruffle and pin rights sides together with the sleeve opening of the bodice. Then, with right sides of the shorter rectangle against the wrong sides of the ruffle, use those same pins to pin the sleeve, the ruffle and shorter rectangle together.
- Stitch together.
- Take another ruffle and pin it right sides together to the other end of the shorter rectangle. Then with right sides of the longer rectangle against the wrong sides of the ruffle, use those same pins to pin the shorter rectangle, the ruffle and the longer rectangle together.
- Stitch together.
- To finish off the sleeves, roll up the hem a quarter inch and then a half inch to create elastic casing. Stitch down and leave a small opening to pass the 3/8″ elastic through.
- Pass the elastic through the casing and stitch the ends together with a zigzag stitch. Then, stitch the opening close.
I love my new top and the flirty sleeve details. It will very easily help me create an effortless look weather dressy or casual. I also used a lightweight cotton fabric so that I can get away with this fuller sleeve in the warmer months.
As far as my experience with the pattern, I thought it was a good first impression. I loved that the bodice was only two pieces and quick to assemble. I thought the loose fit created a nice relaxed look that was flattering. I also like the neckline but I think if I recreate this top again, I would want to bring in the neckline all around and add a keyhole opening in the back.
If you happen to recreate this look, please tag me on Instagram at @createandpray. I would love to show you some love on your creation. Also, feel free to keep up with all my makes over there and reach out to me there if you have any questions. Thanks for reading and happy sewing!