Thursday, February 10, 2011

Katy's Petal Sleeve Tutorial

An easy as simple way to dress up sleeves:  
Petal Sleeve Tutorial
 o1  Cut a rectangle that extends 1 1/2-2" beyond the center of the sleeve.  Round one corner and cut 7 more "petals".
 o2  Clip piping so it will easily curve around the bottom of the petal and stitch in place as close to the piping as you can get.  Using a zipper foot or a foot with a groove on the bottom helps to do this.

o3  Sew the other half of the petal on the piece with the piping already sewn on.  Pin and stitch, following the previous stitching line.
o4  Clip triangles along the entire sewn edge to get rid of excess fabric that will be turned inside, up to the stitching line, but careful not to clip the actual stitches.
o5  Turn the petal right side out and press.  Repeat steps o3-o5 with 3 other petals.

o6  Simply add the petals to the sleeve, lining up sides, allowing the petals to overlap.  Stitch and press seam allowance up.  Edgestitch [stitching very closely to the seam] on the top to keep the seam in place.
o7  Continue sewing sleeve as instructed.

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  1. I just bookmarked this on Delicious to come back to it later. Because, hi, so adorable/classy!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love the piping detail!

  3. Katy's finishing details are superb!!

  4. Excellent tutorial. I'm going to try this. Thank you! I'm going to post a link to this tutorial @ Fabric Deals Club

  5. I just love something special to add to a plain pattern! This detail will surely be added to the shirts and dresses I'll sew for my daughter and my granddaughter.

    I have an idea using this embellishment to extend the life of my toddler's clothing.

    Often times our children out-grow the length of their pants and/or their sleeves, but the garment still fits perfectly every where else.

    Pant legs can be cut and hemmed to create shorts. The remainder of the pant leg fabric can be used to make these petals for a shirt sleeve!

    Likewise, one can shorten long sleeves on a shirt and use the left over fabric to embellish pant legs that have become too short!

    Or... Make matching petals for a shirt and a pair of pants to create a new, fun and matching outfit!

    New outfits can be made from existing outfits! And it could be done for FREE!

    Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial! I cannot wait to start sewing!

  6. Wonderful! I'm trying this out as we speak :)


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