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« on: February 26, 2004 04:35:01 PM »

I've become completely enamoured with puffed sleeves, I think they are just so sweet!
I bought some amazing vintage fabric from the thrift store the ohter week, and I can just see it as a summer short sleeved blouse.

I've been looking at patterns, but I can't seem to find anything with puffed sleeves (and not like huge sleeves, something like this:

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How would I modify a pattern to a lot more room in the top of the sleeve, to make it puffed, and how would i do the actually 'puffing' itself?
I've never actually sewn a blouse before, but I have used a pattern, and taken a sewing class, so I think I know a little about modifying patterns.  

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2004 05:27:41 PM »

well im sorry i cant be of any help.. i just wanted to say that i too, LOVE the puffy sleeve. i bought a jean jacket with puffy sleeves! swoon!


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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2004 08:33:44 PM »

Try Simplicity #5872.  (Go to  www.simplicity.com and click on "Design Search" just to the right of the Simplicity logo, the search for the pattern number.)  This looks like a good basic pattern, with a nice array of varying designs, and I think it could easily have pockets added, sleeves shortened, etc to your heart's content.  Also, check out the fabulous version made with sheer material.  You'll have to search by the menu at left to find it, under appearal, womens, tops-vests-jackets and then tops, then click through till you see the pattern number.  It's really too cool.

Butterick #4049 has a nice puffed sleeve, but has a high collar and front panel that gives it an almost victorian flavor.  Again, I think it could be modified to be a very nice summer shirt.

McCall's #3925 is a nice little pattern that appears to include both puffed and non-puffed sleeves, and short or long, which I think would be a good pattern to have just to understand the neccessary modifications.  Plus, it looks like a very nice blouse.

Vogue #2701 is a nice basic fitted blouse with puffed sleeves.  And it's got both regular and extra long sleeve-cuffs.  I LOVE those extra long cuffs!

All in all, I'd say the Simplicity pattern is closest to what you pictured, and probably easiest to modify to your desires.

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2004 08:56:55 PM »

Ok, I shall try to explain this the best I can online.

You start with your pattern, and cut it in a line from the place where it starts to fan out into the round part of the sleeve. From there, cut four lines from the outer edge of the sleeve to the line.

The right hand picture shows the cut lines.

Then you spread the four parts of the sleeve apart, keeping the bottom corners together. There should be triangle-shapes in between each one. Retrace the pattern, and this will be your final pattern.

The red outline is the final pattern.

From here, to set the sleeve in-

Sew two lines of basting stitches on the rounded edge of the sleeve. Then pull on the top threads to scrunch it up. Scrunch it until it fits the sleeve hole, and pin it in place. Then sew it in!

Hopefully that made sense, pm me if you have any other questions!
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2004 09:49:33 AM »

it made perfect sense!
i too have a puffy sleeved denim jacket!  
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2004 10:44:03 AM »

Thanks for the pattern ideas Lothruin I'll have to have a closer look at them at the fabric store!!!

And THANKS! to wizkid, if the patterns don't work out, now I will be well prepared to make my own! I'll make sure to test it out a some scrap fabric first, I wouldn't want to ruin my irreplacable vintage fabric!
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2004 02:37:18 PM »

if you search under "leg of mutton sleeve" you'll probably find something. Smiley
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2004 03:20:59 PM »

leg of mutton ? ewww what a horrible name for a sewing term. ick ick ick.
but that sihrt is amazing. let us know how you get on.. i'd love a tuturial with pictures : )

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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2004 09:49:45 PM »

Thanks J'ai la peau douce!, that term is funny, but it works! i've found some useful websites.

Toast, I am going to get my pattern tomorrow, so hopefully I will have finished it within a few weeks!! I'll post pics, and maybe some guidelines for modifying sleeves if i get it right! Smiley

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