With so many cute elastic sleeved tops like these floating around on the internet (J Crew below left and a pattern from The Assembly Line on the top) I was determined to make my own!!! I almost ordered Assembly Line's version, but then I had a thought!!! What if I modified the sleeve of the FREE York Top pattern by Seamwork????? I've made it before and have really enjoyed it. So....here's what I did:
I've included a peek at the York I made up a couple of years ago. In making it, I learned the back slit is not required (at least for me) in getting it over your head. Armed with my prior experience, I made my same size 6, left off the back opening and cuff. I widened the end of the sleeve by 4 cm at each side (grading the entire sleeve to that point) while leaving the sleeve head as constructed. I figured that would leave me enough ease and length for an elastic cuff without creating a "puffed" sleeve and scooped the front neck out just a tad more than the pattern calls for.
|Then it was only a matter of folding up a cuff and putting in wide elastic! As the York has darts, I think it gives the top a nice shape.|
|This fabric is another cut from my Fab Scrap 3 yard pack. It is a really pretty piece of cotton shirting with a tiny embossed design on it that is hard to capture in pics. It does wrinkle like a beast, but I like it.|
I think it worked!!! Sew Chaotically!! ~ les