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Saturday, January 21, 2017

I'm just here for the sleeves: M7542




  It's no secret, that these sleeves are in everywhere now days! I'm mean, I'm just here for the sleeves myself,lol.

 I loved this pattern at first glance, and I even loved all of the other views that were accompanied within the pattern. I don't think that has every happened for me, now that I  think about it.


M7542

 Now looking over the instructions prior to starting this project, I was fairly confident that everything was going to be a breeze, and they were for the most part( however comma) (yes I had to write it out because I would totally say this in real life, lol!)

However, those darn sleeves gave me a run for my money, well not the sleeve itself, but the hem!




 I'm no rookie when it comes to hemming curved hems, or so I thought, because every method I tried was basically like, nope, try again, LOL! 

 After what seemed like an eternity and having to re-cut out an entirely different flounce, I was able to get a decent hem on the flounce of the sleeve. I just used McCall's recommendation as on how to hem this sleeve :).However, next time, I'm just attaching bias binding and calling it a day!


Left to Right: Hem on flounce, Top right: back of top
bottom left: inside facing and bottom right inside where the sleeve and sleeve flounce join







 For the fabric, I used the same Chambray fabric, that I used for my Simplicity 1059 dress.  I did a quick pattern fitting and realized that I didn't need a FBA, the only alteration that I needed to make for this pattern was to add length.

  I added 3 inches and made a 1 inch hem at the bottom. I made this top in 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 for the waist and hips. This was good, but I do think I would have liked a little more wiggle room in my arm area.

So thankful for the additional length that I added. One just never knows when you may have to become
gone with the wind, LOL!



 And one last thing on these sleeves, McCall's didn't mention having to ease in the bottom of the sleeve to the sleeve flounce, but I totally had to do this in order to get the sleeve and flounce joined.

 I don't know maybe it was just me, stranger things have happened, but just something to note. I also finished a top for the hubby last week. I believe it's Kwik Sew 7432, but don't quote me :)... I hope you all have a great weekend! 
                 
            As always, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! ~Candice
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32 comments:

  1. This pattern was on my list anyway but now seeing your version I am definitely going to buy it! Love yours and the whole outfit. Just fab!

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    1. Sewmanju,Thank you! I know you will rock this!

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  2. Beautiful job!

    www.curvygirlsarechic.com

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  3. Beautiful color blue + interesting sleeves! Thanks for sharing!
    Janet

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  4. Ooohhh, I love it, love it, love it! Definitely worth the time you spent on that devilish hem.

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    1. Thank you so much Anne! Yes, the hem had to be the worst thing in making this pattern, but yet, I love those sleeves so much.

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  5. Those sleeves are everything! I love how it turned out. It was definitely worth the effort you put into hemming the sleeves. You look great!

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  6. I love the sleeves too!! You did such a great job on this! It looks awesome the way you styled it. I look forward to seeing your Hubby's shirt!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Hopefully, the hubby will be down for taking pictures soon :).

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  7. This is a great looking top on you! Great job with those sleeves and the flounce hem. I think you are on to something when you said next time bias binding. I may use that idea myself on another pattern. Love the pattern and when I get off my pattern diet will have to get this one.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I've used that trick before, the bias binding on a curved hem before and it worked like a charm.

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  8. You are right those sleeves are everything! The top is beautiful and you look fantastic in it!

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  9. I agree with everyone here...those sleeves are EVERYTHING! I really need to add this style to my list of must haves!! You look darling!!

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  10. This is beautiful! Definitely on my to do list. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Demi V! I hope to see your version soon.

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  11. I love your version of this! I did a narrow hem on my flounce, but you are right about using bias tape for future makes. Beautiful job!

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    1. Thanks Kaye! Girl, bias tape will be a must for the next iteration of this top,lol!

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  12. So...now you are making me want this pattern and I've vowed not to purchase any patterns...for a while. I'd say this is a perfect match of pattern and fabric! Love!

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  13. Ive just ordered this pattern and I love what you've done here! I will take these tips on board. Thanks!

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  14. I love this on you. Those sleeves are truly fabulous!

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  15. Love your blouse! As soon as this pattern was released I ordered it.I've actually only used a couple of the sleeve pattern pieces hacked to other blouse patterns only because I was committed to making those things first. But I will use the bodice block since I find Comfort Fit ALWAYS fits me almost right off the bat out of the envelope without a lot of adjustment.

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  16. YOU WON!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

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  17. Congratulations!! YOU WON!!!!!! You nailed that top!!!!

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  18. Congratulations Candice! I am so glad you won!!

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  19. The ball is gone....you hit it way outta the park!!!!! LOL This top is beautiful and congratulations for winning the contest, it was very well deserved! Happy to join your website!

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