I was so determined to make something with sleeves, but so far I've been nothing but a sleeve saboteur! You may have seen a bunch of pattern pieces in my last post, but you most certainly did not see all of them. Missing are the sleeves.
Sleeves are a funny thing. Did you know that sleeve pieces kind of look like bodice pieces? I spent the better part of my pattern cutting wondering where the sleeve pieces were. I guess I expected them to look like rectangles. If only I had read the pieces, I would have seen this:
A simple oversight wasn't the end of my problems though. Remember how proud I was to add those little sleeve wingy-dingys to the sleeves of this dress? Well I've learned something from that experience:
8) If you're going to alter the available pattern, pull out the pattern in the store, read it, and make sure you have enough fabric.
The wingy-dingys took up more fabric than I thought. They are kind of a pain to account for because they need to be cut on a bias and because of this they take up a lot of very particular fabric real estate.
Finally, we arrive at the last screw ups: After I had resigned myself to cutting the wingy-dingy lining out of black for a little contrast and to save this fabric, I realized I cut the sleeves wrong entirely.
Because I didn't have quite enough fabric left after my little additions (see Lesson Learned #8) I had to cut the sleeves out where they fit on the remaining fabric. First, I had to shorten them a bit so they would fit at all. Then, since I didn't have a double layer of fabric to make the "Cut 2" the instructions called for, I had to cut them out one at a time. When I went to cut the second sleeves, I forgot to turn the pattern over and ended up with the unusable piece of mismatch in the above photo.
I know that was hard to follow. The long and the short of it is that I have to start all over with new sleeves, so off to buy more fabric. Enough for two sleeves and a wingy-dingy. This is good though, because now I remember the pattern reviews saying the sleeves were too tight, so I'll cut them a little larger the next time around. Just in case I forget all this, here's my to do list: