I was inspired to make this top because a. I saw a tutorial for a darling gathered sleeve dress on pinterest, b. the girl LOVES her some pockets these days and c. I had scraps from a hoodie I took apart for two other projects, including pockets and trim.
|Yes, it has been crumpled in the bottom of a drawer for months. Is that a problem?|
|Look out, Anne Shirley, my mom knows how to make puffed sleeves!|
I started by cutting the front of the tunic out of the front of the shirt. I used a dress that fits Iris well as a template, and just laid it on top of the shirt. I cut out the front piece first, then laid it onto the back to cut out the back piece. I'm pretty imprecise with this stuff, just making sure the armholes are the same size and the neckline is going to join together--you could measure if you want to get all perfect about it.
|Front panel laid out on the rest of the original shirt, preparing to cut out back piece.|
|The upper panel: trim and panel laying right sides together showing the seam.|
Lower panel: What the finished piece looks like.
I cut the sleeves out of the middle part of the original sleeve. Normally, I would cut the sleeve down the seam before making my new sleeve, but since I wanted wide sleeves to allow for the gather I just left the seam intact, so my new sleeve is the same width as the sleeve on the original shirt. I also remembered to cut it short, so I had room for the cuff I would be adding to the wrists.
|My short fat sleeve|
Then was the fun part--gathering the sleeves. I followed this tutorial for gathering the tops of the sleeves, which worked out well. Then for the wrists, I just did a basting stitch with my machine's tension set high (and no backstitching), one row only, then pulled on the bobbin threads to tighten it until it was the same width as my cuffs.
|Gathered sleeve ready to be attached at armhole and cuff|
I attached the cuff first, in the same way I would attach a sleeve to a garment--I put the right-side-out cuff inside of the inside-out sleeve, with the raw edges both facing out, then pinned and sewed around the sleeve. In this case (and attaching the sleeve, too) I just had to make sure my seam was wide enough to hide the basting stitch for the gathering.
After the sleeves were attached (and I trimmed off ALL of those loose threads from gathering), I was done!
|I love pockets!|
|And I love my brother!|