5.02.2008

how to make a gathered cap sleeve





Remember this Built By Wendy pattern? Since the armholes and sleeves are a little too tight for some people (even people with thin arms it seems) and summer is right around the corner, wouldn't it be nice to make a cap sleeve version instead? Above I've posted the instructions from my old blog. Also, if you want the peter pan collar tutorial, print it out now because I'm taking down my old blog within the next couple of weeks.

18 comments:

amelia anne said...

Thanks so much for re-posting this!!

Marianne said...

Great tutorial. This is actually one of the BBW patterns I don't have. I have had some trouble with sizing with these patterns as the body always comes out too big and the armholes too small.

amy h said...

I wish I'd found this a week ago! I just made some gathered sleeves on a dress, modifying the pattern I was using. Considering I can barely follow a pattern, I was pretty happy I didn't make a total mess just by winging it. Next time, I'll use this method. (I doubt I could reproduce what I did, since I didn't know what I was doing!)

Jen said...

Thank you! I think I am ready to graduate from pattern 3835...but I had heard this one was tight in odd places. You've eased my mind about trying it with your simple sleeve alteration.

casey said...

Thanks for posting this--I think I might have to use it on one of my (hopefully soon) summer projects... :)

Jessica said...

Thanks for posting this tutorial. I have so may patterns with bad sleeves, I will for sure put this to use.

Jeannie said...

thanks jenny!!
question - does the 1/4" extension continue down past the perpendicular line on the notches to the edges?

jenny gordy said...

jeannie, no.

Liz R. said...

so glad to hear that i'm not the only one the arms are tight on! thanks for the great tutorial!

Stef said...

Great tutorial! I may have to resurrect this pattern, learn how to do an FBA and then go for the cap sleeves. I think this could take it from bleh to wearable.

spinne said...

Having discovered your blog I decided to start sewing again - didn't do it for more than about 20 years!
Greetings from Austria

Angie said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm definetly going to try this with some patterns of mine.

*Found your blog via Craftzine.com and I'm definetly bookmarking you for future reference. Thanks again!*

Melody said...

Great tutorial. I have also read that some of Built By Wendy patterns need customizing.
My printer isn't working can you add your peter pan collar tutorial to your new blog?

2strandtwizt said...

Ditto what melody said...please repost peter pan collar tutorial to your new blog?

Jennifer said...

I agree - please repost the peter pan collar tutorial! It was brilliant, and I forgot to print it out!

Britte said...

Wonderful tutorial! I agree, please repost the peter pan collar tutorial on your new blog! Thanks

A. said...

Perfect! I just bought that very BBW pattern today. Thanks so much!

mocca said...

waah! i am too late! i just want tp print out the peter pan collar tutorial and i does't work anymore. is there a chance to get this from you anymore? are there a cap sleeve tutorial of you anywhere? please answer me!!! info@moccat.de thank you so much...i love your sense of style!