Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Cutest Little Sleeves

While I've been busy counting down the days until school is out for the summer, I've been passing the time on Baby Love. Here's a close up of the front bodice with collar and front bands:

Today I've worked on the sleeves. I added piping to the sleeve band, then gathered the bottom edge of the sleeve. After putting these pieces together, I had this:

I can tell already that these are going to be the cutest little sleeves!

See for yourself:

In the above photo I've sewn in the sleeves and stitched up the side seams.

Although different pattern directions give different instructions for installing sleeves, I prefer to put in the sleeves before stitching the side seams. It really seems much easier that way, especially when you are working with such small armholes.

I then moved on to the bottom facings. Here's what they look like before I turn them to the inside:

This is going to be a nice, full, lush little bubble. I'm crazy about it. I'm really glad I stuck with it, after that unfortunate incident Never To Be Spoken Of Again.

Here's a close up of the smocking. See the nice spread at the bottom? And, no, it's not quite finished. I will add the boullion flowers at the end. I didn't want to take a chance on catching the loops during construction.

Although it's a little bright, in this last photo you can see that I lapped over the front bands before attaching the bottom facing. I've done the topstitching, too.

I will stitch a channel in the bottom facing to create a casing for the elastic around the legs. Then it needs buttonholes, buttons, sleeve band finishing, and boullions.
I must say that I have been very pleased with this pattern and the pattern directions. Although the illustrations seem to be hand drawn, they are extremely good.
The only problem I have encountered was with the sleeves. Both notches and dots are marked on the sleeve piece, but the notches don't match up with the bodice notches. The dots do match. I went back to the master pattern before sewing in the sleeves to make sure it wasn't just me, Being Stupid again.
I have a feeling I'll be making this one again, real soon. More later.

1 comment:

CandlebyNight said...

The sleeves are so nice and fat and poofy. It is wonderful. I can't wait to see the bullions. I love bullions.