Created by: Venus de Hilo
Project

Bell Sleeve Bolero

What are you most proud of? Color-blocking and piecing the underlayer. I started this when all I had to work from was an AC scrap bag, so I combined some of the larger scraps to make big enough fabric to cut the sleeves from, The back has a center seam added, and the sleeve underlayers are each made from three different colors, which you can see in the detail photos. I love the combination of off-white thread and navy top layer, and will probably use it again. There could be a skirt in my future... What advice would you give someone starting this project? Use the good quality jersey for binding strips. I didn't, and the strips were very stretchy and uncooperative. I still haven't found a binding stitch I like, and wish I'd tested a few different ones first, but this whole garment was a test, really. Small applique pins were helpful for the binding stage: you can see them pics of the front and back image (it's since been completed!). Overall, it's not a difficult project, but does take planning, paint, and patience so I didn't rate it super-simple. Top-stitching the shoulder and sleeve seams was the hardest, as it's lots of layers of fabric to sew through.

You Can Make This

Venus de Hilo made Bell Sleeve Bolero with:

  • Cotton jersey
  • acrylic paint + fabric medium
  • button-craft thread

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Color-blocking and piecing the underlayer. I started this when all I had to work from was an AC scrap bag, so I combined some of the larger scraps to make big enough fabric to cut the sleeves from, The back has a center seam added, and the sleeve underlayers are each made from three different colors, which you can see in the detail photos. I love the combination of off-white thread and navy top layer, and will probably use it again. There could be a skirt in my future... What advice would you give someone starting this project? Use the good quality jersey for binding strips. I didn't, and the strips were very stretchy and uncooperative. I still haven't found a binding stitch I like, and wish I'd tested a few different ones first, but this whole garment was a test, really. Small applique pins were helpful for the binding stage: you can see them pics of the front and back image (it's since been completed!). Overall, it's not a difficult project, but does take planning, paint, and patience so I didn't rate it super-simple. Top-stitching the shoulder and sleeve seams was the hardest, as it's lots of layers of fabric to sew through.

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Skill Level

Intermediate