I had this fabric i bought sometime ago laying around in the house(and many many more), so i decided to make a really simple top, then add some bell sleeves to it. I really like the bell sleeve trend, this is the second time I’am making it ))). It’s so simple, a beginner without much sewing experience could do it. I have the fast forward version down below as usual.
If you prefer text, continue to read down below.
- Lay your fabric on fold for both the front and back parts.
- Take a top that fits you well and fold it at the center front. Use it to cut, and make sure to leave a good amount of seam allowance (an inch is alright, however, even bit more is better, since you could always take it in), but if your sure of yourself, or don’t have enough fabric, you can leave just enough.
- After cutting, lower the necklines of both the front and back, and you can use the top as a guide.
- Now onto the sleeves. We have two parts, the lower and upper sleeve. The lower part is gathered, and creates the bell sleeves. The upper part is the normal sleeve that joins to the bodice.
- Take the top you used to cut the bodice part, and use it’s sleeve part to cut out a new one, as I’ve demonstrated in the picture tutorial above. Cut till just below the elbow(remember the seam allowance). Also remember to cut two (for the other sleeve)
- Now measure from that part to the wrist, in order to get the rectangles length. For the width, measure the upper sleeve’s width and multiply by 2. This is dependent on how gathered you want your bell sleeve. It can be more or less, in which case, you’d have to increase the width, or decrease it.
- Draw out the rectangle then cut with seam allowance considered. Cut two (for the other sleeve as well)
- You’re done cutting, and all that’s left is to join up the pieces.
- Take your front and back pieces and face them right sides together. Stitch along the sides and at the shoulders.
- Now take your sleeves and join them at the seams. Do this for the rectangles as well, then make two lines of loose stitching round them, and pull to gather.
- Join the gathered pieces to the upper sleeves. You can already see a glimpse of how the final product will look like.
- Now join the sleeves to the bodice, and hem. Iron the top and your done.
That’s how i made the top with bell sleeves, and i like how it turned out. Hope you enjoyed this post and perhaps learnt something new!