I ran outa fabric. Anyhow, any suggestions such as pockets and such?
PS this was my first attempt at doing sleeves after waiting a YEAR out of sheer fear.
The shirt isnt done, in the end I would like for it to be a hoodie with pockets. I ran out of pink fabric.. Any suggestions from you sewing goddesses out there?? I would like to incorporate the MLP fabric in it more, without being over the top.
Anyhow, I did a mini tut on how to do the shirt.
How do you get a hottie McHotterson puffy sleeved top like THIS?? You cheat. This is how.
1. You start with your favorite tshirt (yeah the one you STILL wear even though it has sweat marks under the arms) You place this over your fabric and trace around it leaving a 0.5 inch seam allowance. Do not trace the sleeves. Trace where the seams are on the sleeves.. so it looks like a tank.
2. Then you make sure your kitty sheds her gray fur all over your cotton fabric- like so.
3. cut the tank, and pin, then sew up the sides, leaving the armhole open.
OK THIS IS NOT A PROPER SLEEVE PLEASE PAY ATTENTION NOW FOLKS.
sleeves- ahhh.. sleeves. Im almost 100% I didnt do this the proper way, but here is my method. You double the size you need them to be. I measured my arm around my shoulder/armpit and got 16 inches. I made the width of this bell double that.. because you are going to gather to create the puff. Truth be told, I would have liked them a bit bigger. So I would say even almost tripple the width.
NOW pay attention here.. because I didnt post pics of this part. THIS sleeve (pictured above) was actually cut off where the rectangle is.. There is NO rectangle part. I dont know what I was thinking when I made that. I was tired, confused, scared.. anyway.. it almost looks like one of those bell chocolate candies you get durring xmass. You sew fold the bell in half lenthwise and sew up one side, creating a tube. Now, put the tube on your arm by your shoulder. At this point, the lightbulb will go off in your head and you will say "oh crap! thats how it works!!"
First before you attach the sleeve, you will sew a line around the round part of the sleeve, using your gathering stitch (the widest stitch width on your machine). Leave the excess strings long, because we are going to pull them to create gathers. So after you sew that line, you pull the strings and it bunches up. These are your gathers. Adust them how you want them..
The roundish part, you ease into the arm hole of your shirt. To do this, you turn your shirt inside out, and pin the round part to the raw edge to raw edge.. Sew into place. After the sleeves were all in, I created a little rib by folding a two inch wide by 10 inch long piece of fabric and sewing the bottom part of the sleeve into it. Very hot. Very snow whiteish.
So... after you are done with that part, and you have wondered "is this really worth it?" you will have this
If you are built like a friggin pear, like I am, this is NOT cute. Time to take up the bottom hem
There. I fixed the hem. DAMN Im the shizznit
Now you do your kissy face emo pose and go to bed.