Well, you know those weeks where you plan on getting something done Monday morning, but it doesn't get finished until Thursday morning? Yeah, that's this week for me. :P But! I have a little treat for y'all today: A free sleeve pattern! I've only tested it twice, so its not perfect, but it sure is cute! I loved the sleeves on this dress so much that I had to try them again. I put them onto this sheer shirt:
"Free Downloads" page of FreshModesty.com!
Here are the instructions for use:
Click on the "Gathered Sleeve Pattern". Click on the Print button and print out the four pages. Tape them together, matching the black lines. Cut it out.
Use the pattern piece. For the gingham dress, I cut the sleeve on the bias. For this sheer shirt, I cut it on the grain.
Sew the A sides right sides together with a 5/8" seam allowance. Make a casing for thin (1/4"-1/2" is what I used) elastic on sides C and D. Side D is tricky around the curves. It doesn't have to be completely smooth, the gathers hide a lot.
Sew the sleeve to the arm hole. Match side A up with the side seam of your garment, and sew from the side seam towards the front, then from the side seam towards the back. The dotted line in the above diagram is what side B will be sewn to.
You can either insert the elastic before or after you sew the sleeves onto the bodice. If you insert it after you sew them on, then leave the ends of the casing unsewn.
These are not complete instructions because thinking is good for you! ;).