This months newsletter subscribers free pattern is a simple adaptation to the 3/4 sleeve version. The addition of a deep frill using existing pattern pieces. Adding the frill gives the style an airy spring feel.
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This frill sleeve top will work best in slightly crisp fabrics so the frill doesn’t droop. I used cotton lawn for this version. Cotton poplin or craft weight cotton would also work well.
Light weight fusible interfacing.
Use the fabric quantities from the 3/4 sleeve version, allow approx 20cm extra for the frill.
Use pieces A and B from the first pattern cut 1 each on the fold.
C – from the 3/4 sleeve pattern cut 1 pair
F – from the 3/4 sleeve pattern cut 1 on fold
G – from the button back pattern cut 1 on fold
Cut 2 frills – see notes below for sizing.
You can alter the proportions of the sleeve length and frill as you like. For this version I shortened the sleeves by 14cm by simply cutting this off the bottom of the sleeve.
Cut a rectangle for the frill – for this version I cut each frill 19cm x 70cm I made a size 14 top (this includes seam allowances).
You can work on 1.5 x the width of the sleeve edge as a basic measurement for frill width. For very light fabrics you might want to add a little more. Likewise for heavier fabrics you might want to reduce to create an effect similar to this.
How to make:
The seam allowance is 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
- With right sides together (RST) pin and stitch the front and back together at the shoulder seams. Neaten raw edges.
2. Apply fusible interfacing to the front and back neck facing pieces (you might want to omit this if your fabric is heavier).With RST pin and stitch the front and back facing pieces together at the shoulder seams. Neaten the raw edge of the facing.
3. With RST and shoulder seams matched pin the facing to the neck edge. Stitch, trim and clip.
4. Understitch the neck edge on the facing close to the seam. Push the neck facing inside the garment and press.
5. With RST and centre of sleeve head matched to the shoulder seam pin the sleeve around the armhole.
6. Stitch and neaten the raw edge.
7. Sew two rows of longer length gather threads along one long edge of each frill piece. Mark the centre point of the frill.
8. Gently draw the gather stitches up until the frill is the same width as the sleeve end. With the centre of the frill matched to the centre of the sleeve pin in place.
9. Stitch and neaten raw edges. Remove any gather stitches that can be seen.
10. With RST pin the front to back at the underarm and side seams. Stitch and neaten raw edges. Clip into the pivot point at the underarm to release the seam tension.
11. Turn and press a narrow double turned hem at the edge of the frill. Stitch.
12. Hand stitch the facing at the shoulder seams.
13. Turn a narrow double turned hem at the lower edge of the top and stitch to complete.