FIRST THING FIRST….I NEED YOUR VOTE HERE! Now…..
When I received the challenge for this week I immediately laughed…like oh man Fall is nowhere near Florida right now and even worse when it arrives the leaves barely change colors and there’s a slight breeze here and there. The funniest part is Fall is my FAVORITE season and I thought hmm what better way to transition into my favorite season than to use my FAVORITE color….BLACK! Black is a color I wear year round and let’s face it the ruffle/layered bell sleeves has been a trend all year! I wanted to add a dress to my wardrobe that could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I would definitely wear a pair of sandals, knee high boots or even nice flats with this dress! You could even add a chunky necklace or go without!
This fabric was a Ponte knit that I received two years ago in a swag bag at Mimi G’s conference. I’m so glad that I saved this fabric for so long because it was perfect for this dress! So I bet you’re wondering, “how in the world did she get that triple bell sleeve/ ruffles!?” Well, I’m going to explain it all to you!
For the bodice I used M6886 which we had to use for this particular challenge. However, once I found my size on the pattern I decided to cut a size down because I like my dresses to be more fitted and this particular fabric has a lot of give/stretch. Well once sewn up I still wasn’t pleased with the fit so I put it on inside out and marked out how much more I wanted to take in on each side (I’m no expert at this but it worked for me!) and then I sewed my side seams again following these markings and voila!
Now for these HEAVENLY sleeves! I used the circle skirt app to calculate the radius for my sleeves. Select inches, quarter circle and mini. First I determined where I wanted the initial sleeve to end and the bell sleeve to begin and where I wanted the largest one to hit (which was at my wrist). When I cut the sleeve down to the length I wanted it to hit (at my elbow) I then measured the bottom to get the inches to put into the circle skirt calculator. Then I determined how long I wanted my shorter two ruffles to be. I used the same radius for all three pieces and then adjust the length of each. Once I had all six pieces cut I used 5/8″ seam allowance and stitched the seams using a narrow zig zag stitch. I trimmed the top of the seam allowance where I would be connected the layers to reduce bulk. Then I slid the shortest one (wrong side out) into the second longest one (also wrong side out) and then I did a basting stitch to join the two. I then slid them into the longest one (also wrong side out) and baste stitched them all together. Then I sewed the side seam of the sleeve and attached all four layers together with a narrow zig zag stitch and then I stitched 1/4″ away in the seam allowance to add more security (this is called a double-stitch on the pattern). I finished off my seam allowance and then pressed it towards the top portion of the sleeve. See photos below for some visuals.
For a finishing touch, I wanted to use a twin needle but the one I had was not cooperating and due to Hurricane Irma everything was closed and was stuck in my apartment. I decided to hem and then create a second row of stitching to create the look I wanted! I also baste stitch all of my seams in place that I am matching up in order to ensure they are perfectly aligned before sewing! I also really like the unfinished hem on the sleeves so I just made sure I went back with the rotary cutter and perfected each piece before sewing them all together.
If you have any questions leave it in the comments below and I will get back to you asap! Thank you and enjoy the rest of these amazing photos by my Booski Pascale B.!
Stay Classy and Stylish…until next time!
This looks great! So proud of you!
Thank you so much AC! <3
Lot it & the triple sleeve.. fire!
Awwww thank you!!