If you're anything like me, you have a favorite pattern...or many favorite patterns!  But, some of my tried and true loves are sleeveless and aren't suitable for year round wear. Or they have long sleeves and can't be worn during summer.   The {Sleeve Basics} Pattern and Tutorial is the solution!  These 5 sleeve options can be added to many of our sleeveless patterns (and some of our patterns with sleeves) to change the look and make each pattern more versatile!  Included in the pattern you get a; long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, cap sleeve, arched cap sleeve, and a flutter sleeve.  Endless opportunities for creativity!  It's so amazing how the addition of a simple sleeve can change the look of one of your favorite patterns.  You can pick up your copy of the {Sleeve Basics} here.

Sleeve basics Main

The cap sleeve and flutter sleeve options are perfect for all your spring sewing.  I know I'm already thinking of how many pattern and sleeve combinations I can come up with!  This beautiful tunic length Clara has me dreaming of warmer spring days.  It's shown here paired with the Lily Belle leggings.  

Clara with cap sleeve

Alt view of cap sleeve

The Sleeve Basics Pattern can be used with many of our sleeveless patterns!  I love how this June dress looks with these sweet flutter sleeves.  This is an adorable spring or summer look! 

Sleeve basics June with flutter sleeve

June with flutter sleeve alt view

Cap sleeves add a bit of something special to this Josie dress, paired with the skirt pleat and gathering detail, it's the perfect spring time preppy look!

Josie with cap sleeve

Cap sleeve detail view

The flutter sleeves on this Clara are so sweet and feminine.  Adding trim to the hem of your sleeves is another way to add a little visual interest and make each outfit you create unique and special.

Sleeve Basics Flutter sleeve

Clara top and bloomers with cap sleeve

How precious are these adorable girls in their Clara outfits?!  The beautiful floral fabrics, gladiator sandals, and the floral headbands are the ultimate in spring time style! 

Clara dress and top sister sets

Pepper with cap sleeves

Flutter sleeve from sleeve basics

These cap sleeves are so dainty and delicate!

Cap sleeve Clara

I absolutely adore this combination!  This little one is all set for Valentine's Day!  This Clara dress with added flutter sleeves and sewn on Magnolia apron is so fun!

Valentine's Day clara and magnolia

 While I am longing for warm sunny days, it's also good to note that the Sleeve Basics Pattern can be practical for cool weather wardrobe sewing, too!  The 3/4 and long sleeve options can be paired with some of your favorite sleeveless patterns transitioning them into year round styles!  It's been so fun trying to think of different pattern and sleeve combos.  

Clara with ruffle and 3/4 sleeve

 I love the sweet simplicity of this curved bodice Clara with 3/4 length sleeves.  The clean lines really let this little cutie and the beautiful fabric be the star of the show!

Clara with 3/4 sleeve

The Paige dress gets a cool weather update with the addition of 3/4 length sleeves!  

Paige with 3/4 length sleeves

This combo is simply stunning!  The Clara dress with the both the flutter and 3/4 sleeve!  It's just lovely!  I'm sure you may have noticed a trend here, a lot of Clara...and if you check back tomorrow you'll see why!  

Clara dress with flutter and long sleeve

Pearl dress with 3/4 length sleeves

The Odette pattern from our fall Boho Collection gets a winter weather makeover with the addition of 3/4 length sleeves.

Odette with 3/4 sleeve

 I hope you're feeling inspired to start adding sleeves to your favorite patterns.  As always, we are so thankful to our testers for their time and creativity!  The {Sleeve Basics} Pattern will be on sale for $5 through Sunday January 15, 2017 at midnight.  Grab your copy here while it's on sale and start creating!  


January 12, 2017 by Crystal Thoreson