Sometimes when I’m shopping I spot a nice print even though it’s made up in a type of garment, this jumpsuit, that I would never wear or have the need to wear. I forgot about it until I had a quick check of a sale rail and there it was, waiting for me, total reduction to £6, this was too much, or too little, for me to be able to resist!
I knew I had buttons, buttons that had never truly found their right place, but they were going to match this print so well!
So I’ve been experimenting with sleeves and I thought if there’s enough fabric I’ll make a top using a self drafted sleeve that I’ve been working on. I opened up the outside seams to check that I had enough fabric in the jumpsuit, and noted that I should avoid the dirty stiletto hole in the hemline, always a hazard for the refashioner!!
This sleeve head fitted in to the armhole very well, but I could see that it was far too splayed out across the actual width of the sleeve. I did not have enough fabric to cut another pair of sleeves, so I decided to play with what I had. An inverted tuck seemed like the perfect solution, the amount of fabric I used to form the tuck was determined by the width I wanted it to finish round my arm.
I had enough of the fabric left to make strips for a band for the bottom of each sleeve and to finish the neck edge with a tie! The sleeve bands hold the tucks in position and is 2cm deep, simply stitched and overlocked on, and pressed upwards.
Has anyone else seen the film Brooklyn !? This particular neck tie is inspired by the green blouse that the female lead wears in the film, although I think her neck tie was shorter! In fact there were many garment features I spotted during that film that I need to remake in some form or other!! #brooklynfilm