I am so excited to be given the opportunity to share something with you for the Snowflakes and Lace series hosted by Sewing Mama RaeAnna and Sew Very. I have to say that when I got the e-mail from RaeAnna I was so excited to be included, but honestly had no idea what to do! I had to rummage through my old clothes to find something usable. Luckily I have quite a bit of lace and eyelet! :)
Those that are coming over from the series, Welcome!
I am sharing with you a pair of arm warmers with a cute Victorian-like styled cuff, and the way that I made them in case you wanted to do a pair for yourself too! In the desert it gets cold enough for a jacket and then you get warm inside. I wanted a cute pair of arm warmers to go under a jacket to keep you warm and easily can be removed for comfort inside.
Bonus, I love the way they look under my jacket!
So here is how I did it! :)
- a shirt for the sleeves and one for the cuffs
- rotary cutter/scissor
- cutting mat and ruler
- sewing machine
1. Cut off the sleeves from the shirt. I used my rotary cutter and tried to get as close to the shirt as I could but still keeping it straight.
2. Slide the sleeves over your arm and pin. I didn't have help and took it off then put it on again to pin it in. If you have to do that, please be careful! I pricked myself more than once.
3. Trim off the excess. I sewed first without thinking, but to put the cuff on you kind of need to not sew it yet. I left enough for 1/2" seam allowance.
4. measure your hand from the wrist to the knuckle on your thumb (mine was 4"). Measure the wrist opening of the sleeve (mine was 6.25")
5. Cut from your lace. I used the distance from my wrist to my thumb knuckle as my starting point, for the width. I added a 1/2" for seam allowance so totaled 4.5" ...
I doubled the measurement of the wrist opening on the sleeve because of ruffling, though I didn't want it too dense. I cut 12.5" for the cuff.
6. Ruffle your lace. make sure you have the right type of needle for the fine fabric :)
7. Sew onto the wrist, right sides together using a zigzag stitch. (I don't have a serger, but you could serge too.) if you sew, use a zigzag stitch to keep the lace from fraying. Top stitch the seam to the sleeve.
8. Sew down the length of the sleeve and finish the top end. and there is your arm warmer. Repeat with the other side!
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