At the moment I’m flirting with statement sleeves. I don’t like them to be impractical, but do like the overall look. I sewed up the Pattern Emporium True Romance bishop sleeve top back in 2018, and decided to give the pattern another whirl.
I actually like this one more than the first! I did a few things differently. Obviously, the fabric. This is wool/acrylic blend, fairly light weight, that I bought at Super Cheap Fabrics ages ago. It gathers beautifully into the full length elasticised cuff. This is the ‘dramatic’ sleeve option.
I decided to leave off the bottom band, so lengthened the body a couple of inches. I could have lengthened it a little more but was working with a limited amount of fabric, so this was it! Size-wise, it’s 12 throughout, without any alterations.
From their website: The bishop sleeve is a gorgeously classic design that has made a comeback both on the catwalk & in our favourite fashion stores. We have have designed a simple bishop sleeve pattern with lots of options & finishes for you to sew. FEATURES: To get the most out of this feminine trend, this pattern includes 3 bodice shapes to fit & flatter a range of bodies, styles and, of course, show off your pretty bishop sleeves.
- 2 Bishop Sleeve Styles : Subtle & Dramatic.
- 3 Sleeve Finishes : Cuff, Shirred or Elastic.
- 3 Silhouettes : Banded, Flared & Tee.
- Boat Neckline.
Last time I sewed the boat neckline, but I didn’t really find it great to wear. Instead, I used the high round neckline from the Exhale pattern.
It’s definitely worth mashing patterns together and it’s particularly easy to do when they’re from the same designer – and this company actively encourages it.
It’s almost as quick to sew this top as a regular tee! It’s mostly constructed on the overlocker, with the machine used to secure the bottom ham (with a zig-zag) and the sleeve casings for the elastic. Very straightforward, with a pleasing result.