I had this fabulous rayon print that I purchased to make something to wear over the holidays. There is a lot of cooking and entertaining at our house- so I need a functional garment. But there are also lots of guests and visitors, so I want to look spiffy. And it’s cold here- I live in the North- so I need to be covered up. I decided to make a basic jewel neck top but was undecided about the sleeve style. Sleeves- I admit that I have made more than a few flouncy statement sleeves on garments as sleeve details are very current- but wait, it looks like sleeves have always been a thing: see vintage sleeves!. Even though there are a myriad of interesting sleeve options, for this top, I opted for “sensible” rather than “statement” sleeves.
I hacked this Cynthia Rowley Pattern for the top. This Simplicity pattern is discontinued- and there are easier ways to make a basic top - for example you could use this. Anyway, I altered my pattern by drawing a lower neckline, eliminating the slit and drafting a simple front neck facing. Then I added about an inch of width on each side. I also skipped the zip and added a very simple loop/button closure in the back. I lengthened the sleeve and I used wide elastic that I had on hand.
Sensible sleeve success. The sleeves are in control and best of all- these sleeves are easy to wear! Practical elastic cuffs keep sleeves neat and in place so I can cook and accomplish other business at hand.
Here is a back view!