diy bell sleeve tutorial

img_6970I just recently realized that while I was off being pregnant and breast feeding for the past year and half, my entire wardrobe went out of style. Luckily a recent 24 hour stomach flu gave me the opportunity lounge in bed with stacks of style magazines, catching up on the world of fashion in 2017. And I’ve got to say, I am more confused than ever.  Cropped goucho pants… no thank you. But distressed skinny jeans… got it. Shoulder cut outs…ugh, over it. But bell sleeves…okay, I’ll give it a try. And so I did. I decided to take my favorite shirt sewing pattern and create an ever-so- trendy “bell sleeve top.” Maybe I can now fit in with the cool kids. Now on to research what restaurants the cool kids are going to…IMG_5785.JPGIMG_5782.JPGIMG_5786.JPGsewing pattern: the Lou Box Top by Sew DIY. look for this pattern {here} at Indiesew.com

fabric: rayon challis from JoAnn’s

rice bead necklace: Candy Shop Vintage in Charleston, SC

baby: 13 months old and sweet as can beIMG_5801.JPGSteps to adding the bell sleeve

  1. sew your Lou Box Top as instructed but DON’T hem the sleeve.
  2. cut out two additional rectangle pieces of fabric that are twice the width of the shirt sleeve pattern and about 6-8 inches in height.
  3. right sides together, sew the side seam of the rectangle piece, creating a tube.
  4. hem the bottom of the bell sleeve.
  5. do a basting stitch across the top of the bell sleeve, leaving long strings on each end.
  6. pull the thread of the basting stitch to gather your bell sleeve.
  7. right sides together, pin in place the gathered part of the bell sleeve to the original sleeve, making sure to evenly space out your gathers.
  8. sew with a regular straight stitch.
  9. press your seam downwards.
  10. put your new top on and do a happy little arm dance. IMG_5787.JPGSo that’s it from this wanna-be trendy mom. Happy spring everybody!

3 thoughts on “diy bell sleeve tutorial

  1. anna says:

    I’m confused, you know the sleeve piece which the bell sleeve is attached to, did you add that yourself? Is it just a rectangle? From what I can see in the lou pattern line drawings it doesn’t come with sleeves. Lovely top btw.

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    • Priscilla says:

      yes i added a separate sleeve to my top to extend it even further down (because i have reeeeeally long arms and I wanted my bell to start at the elbow) and then i added the bell sleeve to that. But you could just add the bell sleeve to the end of the Lou Box top sleeve without creating a separate sleeve. just depends on what look you are going for. sorry i didn’t clarify that in my instructions. I actually used a sleeve pattern piece for a cap sleeve that i had in my stash from another sewing pattern. But you could self draft a sleeve too. here is a link i found online how to do so: http://mellysews.com/2015/09/how-to-make-a-sleeve-pattern-and-how-to-fit-a-sleeve.html (a few more steps if you go this route, which is why i usually choose a sleeve pattern in my stash that i know already fits my arm). hope that makes sense!

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