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Friday, June 27, 2014

Puffed Sleeves


Well, I've made myself two pairs of Jalie swim shorts and they're awesome! But, I have no tops to go with them...so they'll feature in a future post.


So for today we have the Olivia Puffed-Sleeve Blouse (Ottobre 6-2007-13) and the Ashlee Capri Pants (3-2009-45).

They weren't joking when they said "puffed sleeves"! The non-drapey fabric doesn't help, but the sleeves were bit too 1980s.

It doesn't look wonderful, but it is improved with the stitched-down pleats I added to the sleeves.


But I really like the collar and yoke.

Sara chose the plaid fabric from my stash. Even if the fabric is less than perfect for clothing, I'm happy to report I really AM making a dent in my quilting fabrics (:


But a shortage of this fabric led to the under-collar design feature.



I've made several pairs of these capri pants now, generally a new pair for Sara every summer. The other girls are the lucky recipients of the well-loved pairs. (And it turns out littlest sister Molly isn't as scrawny as her sisters were at her age, since they don't even come close to zipping up!)


These are in a lightweight stretch poplin (?).

The pockets are cute, even if they are too tight to actually use.

And the (largish) side vents.


11 comments:

  1. I love the blouse! It is a perfect way to get through that cotton. I have just a few more "baby-ish" prints I'd like to use up on K before she complains about them. The sleeves are very poofy but in a cute way - I didn't' think 80s until you mentioned it ;-)
    The capris looked great, and then I saw the side vent - love that! Sometimes it's a good thing to be the oldest because you get all the newer things. lol.

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    1. Thanks, I love these capris and the girls wear them constantly.

      The sleeves *were* really bad. At least the added stitching toned them down a bit!

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  2. I love the entire outfit! I especially like the collar and the button front. I ended up with fabric that I never used before my girls grew out of wanting it. Sometimes it is really hard to use up fabric. One of my girls has the same taste in fabrics that I do and tries to snag them for herself! Never would I have thought that would be possible at age 10!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley!

      I have that same problem with my girls liking *my* fabric. I guess they get their opinions from me (:

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  3. Cute outfit, I like the puffy sleeves :O).The whole outfit looks nice. I like the under collar being a different fabric :O)....I have been using my quilting stash on some cotton skirts. I made one and loved it. Every time its clean I wear it. So I cut out a few more. One is on the sewing machine now half done. Trying to get back to them but its canning season. :o)

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    1. Texan - I don't know how you do everything you do! Amazing.

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  4. I like puffy sleeves personally, although I usually have an elasticated channel in the bottom to cinch them in to the arm. The plaid definitely goes with the style too. I am in two minds about quilting cottons. They seem to have all the best prints, so if you can find the right pattern, why not?

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    1. It's a shame quilting cottons have all the best prints (although maybe that's changing as more and more people are sewing clothing.)
      And then, not all quilting cottons are the same. Some are soft and do drape pretty well.

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  5. I had a bit of a giggle at your 80's puffed sleeve comment!;) The blouse is pretty in plaid. I like how the plaid looks on the yoke and collar. The capris look perfect for a slender girl.

    Can't wait to see the swim shorts. I've been eyeing that pattern!

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    1. The collar and yoke are my favorite part. I can see making the blouse again with different sleeve (actually included in a different version of this pattern in the magazine....)

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  6. You've made these so well. The collar feature is a smart, cool feature.

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