I never really paid attention to the statement sleeve trend; pretty much thought I would let that one come and go. Well, that was until I ran into Jo-Anne’s fabric store to pick up a zipper. Of course, the zippers are right by the pattern section and, of course the Vogue patterns were on sale for $4.99 and I am like a moth to the flame on a deal like that.
Flipping through the Vogue catalogue, I spied Vogue 9243, a Vogue Option pattern, which always have multi variations for in one pattern. In this case, a princess styled top came with four different sleeve options.
With no real vision on what type of fabric I wanted, I headed for the checkout. However, I made a quick u-turn to the cutting tables when I spied the perfect fabric which is an abstract print in silky polyester. There was just enough left on the bolt (2 ½ yards) to make my top.
Vogue describes 9243 an easy level pattern but I would give it an advanced beginner rating, or at least view C because there is a lot of finish work with the sleeves. If you like working with a serger, other avenues besides hand hemming could be used. But I really like handwork, so relished all that blind stitching. If there is a slow sewing movement, I definitely am a member.
I am not alone is loving this pattern. It has been one of Vogue’s top sellers this year. My daughter Michelle couldn’t even wait to borrow my pattern and bought her own.
There is even a video about V9243.
Both my pattern and fabric were on sale and the price tag on the blouse was a little under $30. For a top this unique, I am happy with that bottom line. I joke with my family that I shop at charity shops to finance my material habit!
Are you interested in taking up sewing? There are great beginning patterns available and lessons abound. Your local fabric store usually has a sewing instructor and classes on location. The online video platform Craftsy.com has a huge selection of courses to choose from. Both Michelle and I have purchased several Craftsy classes. A few of mine are: Pattern Drafting From Ready To Wear, The Iconic Tweed Jacket, Beginning Serging and Foccacia & Flatbreads From Around The World (I don’t do sewing all the time). Michelle’s favorites include 40 Technique Every Sewer Should Know, The Ultimate T-shirt, and The Couture Dress. Michelle messaged me this morning that she just bought Underneath It All, Guide to Interfacings, Linings, and Facings today because at this moment all Craftsy classes are on sale for just $20.00. They have classes ranging from art, knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, cake decorating, and baking. The instructors are top notch and I highly recommend checking them out if you want to learn a new technique or improve upon your current skill level.
And just for fun, the statement sleeve queen (and queen of head-wear and platform shoes), Carmen Miranda.
2nd Loved 1st Friday Style Feature
Penny The Frugal Fashion Shopper linked up with her wonderful trench coat. I’ve been looking at a lot of trend reports and the trench was strong on the F/W 17 runways. One trend forecaster called it the MVP of the season. In my book, the trench is beyond trend. When Bogart wore in ’39 (remember that small film Casablanca) it hit eternally classical . Great find Penny and anyone who follows me knows Penny and I are on the same page when it comes to Berets!
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That wraps it up for this sewing and style adventure. So adieu until the next time …….
Remember, you can still link up to May’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday until the next 1st Friday in June. It would be great to tell us what you have used that is “not new but new to you such as things from thrift shops or on-line consignment shops, etc. So if you have found that second hand gem, get it on, snap a picture, post on social media and linkup HERE.
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Michael gets credit for the blog fashion photos today.