Newsletter subscribers free pattern – 3/4 sleeve – how to make.

The next addition to the free pattern that is available to newsletter subscribers is a sleeve!! A 3/4 sleeve takes the simple sleeveless boxy top to a more seasonally apt top. As always the pattern is free to download if you are a newsletter subscriber. The newsletter has full instructions how to download the pattern. These are the instructions for how to make this version of the top.

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Fabric requirements:

This top works in a variety of fabrics including, cotton lawn, cotton poplin, linen, cotton blends, double gauze, dupion silk and other medium weight fabrics.

You will also need a light weight fusible interfacing.

See pattern for fabric quantities

To Cut:

Use pieces A and B from the first pattern cut 1 on the fold.

Use piece G from the button back version – cut 1 on fold

C – Cut 1 pair

F – Cut 1 on fold.

How to make:

The seam allowance is 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

Apply fusible interfacing to the facing pieces.

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  1. With RST pin and stitch the facing pieces at the shoulder seams. Neaten the inner raw edge of the facing pieces.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

2. With RST pin and stitch front to back at shoulder seams. Neaten raw edges.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

3. With RST and shoulder seams matched pin the neck facing to the neck edge. Stitch.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

4. Trim the seam to approx 1cm and clip around the neck seam.

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5. Under-stitch the neck edge. To do this open out the facing to expose the right side of the seam. Stitch approx 2-3mm away from the seam and on the facing side. Ensure as you stitch you catch the seam on the underside.

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6. Push the facing to the inside and press.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

7. With RST pin the sleeve to the armhole edge. Matching sleevehead centre to the shoulder seam.

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8. Stitch the seam and neaten the raw edge. Press the seam towards the sleeve.

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9. Turn and press the lower sleeve edge up 1cm and then a further 3cm. At this point leave this pressed but not stitched. This makes it easier when you come to hem the sleeve.

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10. With RST pin the sleeve and side seams together, open out the pressed sleeve hem so you can stitch from the raw edge.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

11. Stitch the seam pivoting at sleeve seam and neaten the raw edges.

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12. Re-fold the sleeve hem along the pressed lines.

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13. Stitch near the inner edge.

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14. Turn and press the same size hem along the lower edge and stitch.

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15. To complete hand stitch the neck facing at the shoulder seams to the shoulder seams of the top.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

2 Comments

  1. Sally Bailey on May 15, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Dear Julia
    I would really like to try making your free pattern boxy top with sleeves.
    As I am a returner to dressmaking I thought this would be a good start and have some recycled curtain material to try it out.
    Your instructions are really clear but I have looked and looked and simply cannot find the pattern to down load. Your instructions say it is with the news letter which I have found in your blog history but still no pattern.
    Where else can I look please?
    Sally

    • Julia Claridge on May 16, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Sally, all the patterns are published on a special subscribers page there is a link along with the password published in every newsletter which comes out fortnightly. The password changes each new pattern but if you check your last newsletter you should find all the info and the links.

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