So, yup, this is happening.
Just to put my cards on the table, this was never something I thought I would be into. I always just considered bell sleeves, any fancy sleeves really, a bit too frofroo. Too girly.
For me anyway.
Now maybe it’s because bell sleeves are everywhere and I’m just giving in to peer pressure, but you know I’m really addicted.
Like seriously addicted.
So addicted that I’ve wrangled a way of getting them into my first proper spring make of 2017. And I’ve shared the how to later so you can get in on the addiction too.
Just call me an enabler 🙂
First things first though. The lovely pattern you might recognise is one of Deer & Doe’s newest releases – the Hoya blouse. Their plantain has been the subject of much obsession, so it’s probably no surprise I was super excited when they asked if I wanted to get my mitts on the Hoya.
Do I even need to say that this was a no brainer 🙂
The fabric is a soft lawn I bought in Walthamstow a while back. It’s actually got a decent amount of drape for shirting, but I’d definitely be keen to find something with just a bit more drape for my next make.
The V is a smidge low. It’s currently being held closed with a safely pin, but the plan is to add in a little invisible stitch on the inside to keep it closed.
Apart from that I really just love how it was drafted (impeccably) and how easily it all came together – making a size 38 in a few easy sewing sessions.
Now for the good stuff…
How to add super easy DIY bell sleeves to any pattern or sleeve
So I added these sleeves as I was making the top as well, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t use this to add bell sleeves to a ready made/off the rack top or dress.
I thought I’d put a little video together to show you how I did it. I kinda used my finished blouse to show how I made it, which is probably not 100% the best way to show the process, but I wanted to start somewhere 🙂
Let me know if you’d like something showing start to finish and I’ll whip something up. I think I rather like this video malarky 🙂
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this was kindly provided by Deer & Doe (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.