For many, fashion is an avenue to experiment. With the debut of new high fantasy TV shows and the enduring popularity of period costume dramas, we’re seeing more and more sewists incorporate fantastical, whimsical details into their garments. Combining two of our favorite new free sewing patterns (the Spearmint Corset and Valli Sleeve Pack), take a look at how you can add a statement sleeve to any garment for a dreamy look!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 1.5 yards of Black Iris Ruffled Stretch Lace Crochet Trim
- 2.5 yards of Mood Exclusive Blue Period Stretch Cotton Sateen
- 1.5 yards of Vintage White Pearl on White Lace Scalloped Trimming
- 1.5 yards of Navy Double Face Velvet Ribbon
- 2.5 yards of Navy Stretch Fold Over Grosgrain Ribbon
- MDF310 – The Spearmint Corset Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
- MDF312 – The Valli Sleeve Pack Sewing Patterns (free download below!)
Here’s how to add a sleeve to your corset:
I used sleeve number two from Mood’s Valli Sleeve Pattern Pack for this hack! Download your sleeve pattern here.
Pattern pieces A, B, and C from the Spearmint Corset will be used
- Reshape the edges of the straps: Straighten the rounded edges to create shoulder seams. Slightly extend the outer edge by 3/8″. This will prevent the sleeves from falling off the shoulders.
- Trace the original armscye: Mood’s Ginger dress pattern was used to draft each sleeve of the Valli Sleeve Pack. On tracing paper, trace the armscye from the front and back of the Ginger Dress pattern. Align the traced armscyes on top of your corset pattern pieces. Start at the edge of the shoulder and try to match up the sides as close as you can.
- Re-trace the new armscye: You may notice that your side seams may have slightly raised. Trace and blend the new side seam as close as you can. Both the front and back seams must match evenly to ensure the fit of the sleeve.
- Transfer the sleeve notches: Since the Spearmint corset is a sleeveless pattern, we need to transfer the notches over from the Ginger dress pattern, keeping them in the exact location. Cut out your new pattern! Try a sample sleeve and make any adjustments if necessary.