I made these sleeves in a totally jackass sort of way– sorry. They have no basis in historical reality at all, I made them so they would be super easy to wear and alter, meaning they needed to be one piece and have an inner seam that completly controls the size of the sleeve. I have thought of a better way to make them easier to deal with, but naturally I didn’t think of it until everything was all done. Whoops. Always learning! I wonder when everything will stop being a prototype??
Anyway, sleeves are done!
First I had to make the lace flounces. Stash Buster Alert! I finally polished off this bolt of lace. It really is too slim to make proper flounces, so I layer them .
All gathered up using the magic-coated thread.
Pinning it to the lining. Here is where all spatial reasoning failed me! I felt like such a dunce, I just couldn’t get it to face the right way in it’s final resting place with all the curves needing to line up and the layers facing a certain way and BLARGH! I finally managed to get it right, but if I had done it right the first time it would have been so quick to make this sleeve!
Then I attached the silk flounces to the silk layer– I cut the flounces so they will seam together at the underside of the sleeve. This was pretty easy to do, too– no wrestling with it at the machine once the sleeve is already assembled.
Pinning and sewing the silk layer to the lining and lace layer…
Flipped rightside out–
Voila! The whole look in one piece, with a single underarm seam.
Placed a pretty little bow that matches the stomacher at the inner elbow area…
I loved they way these edges ruffled together– it looks cool!
Here is the inner seam– it looks awkward extending into the lace like that, but it is totally hidden.
You’re looking at the seam right there– not very noticeable at all! Even when the arm is lifted, the lace and silk layers cascade nicely, no one will ever know they are all connected on that under seam.
I’ll be working on the front furbelows tomorrow– *fingers crossed I have enough fabric to make it pretty!*