It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on Friday Pattern Company’s Adrienne Blouse – the gorgeous billowy sleeves really stood out to me and that was the moment my love of statement sleeves was born. Ever since then, I’ve believed that a garment with a statement sleeve is an absolute must-have in every wardrobe.
Here I am sharing a variety of sewing patterns with the most fabulous sleeves, guaranteed to turn heads. If you aren’t already a lover of big sleeves, I’m sure by the end of this blog post you will be itching to stitch one of these fabulous patterns!
Let’s kick things off with a new pattern – The Pauline Dress by Closet Core.
This pattern went straight to the top of my sewing list as soon as it arrived in the studio! It is a true statement dress that is loaded with super special details such as striking puff sleeves, a flattering keyhole opening in the back bodice that ties up beautifully at the nape of the neck, eye-catching knife pleats and an optional tier. Depending on the desired effect, this pattern can be made with a variety of fabrics. Our range of cotton voile, viscose and tencel fabrics would be perfect for a softer effect, or alternatively you could try our selection of linen fabrics for a more structured shape.
Moving onto a personal favourite of mine – The Wilma Woven Top by Style Arc Patterns.
I must admit that (apart from the gorgeous statement sleeves of course!) what I love most about this top is that it is a slip on style. You know exactly what that means – no fiddly zips or buttonholes, hooray! The unique sleeve has a tucked opening to it, adding some extra drama to the garment. Our collection of bio linen or crepe would look stunning sewn up in this pattern.
Closet Core’s Cielo Top & Dress is another pattern that has a truly dreamy statement sleeve.
It’s loaded with unique and interesting details and is a true wardrobe staple. I absolutely love it when comfort meets style, and this is exactly what this pattern does! It can be sewn up as a loose fitted boxy tee or a super comfy shift dress with optional in-seam pockets. It can be dressed up or down depending on how you style it, so could be just as perfect for a lunch date with your friends or a night out. Light to medium weight woven fabrics are advised for a structured shape, but if you desire a drapier effect, use tencels or cotton voile.
Another fabulous stand-out sleeve is brought to us by Merchant and Mills with their wonderful Edie Top & Dress pattern.
The simple top and dress are accompanied by gorgeous balloon sleeves that are gathered with a tie which gets threaded through a buttonhole. You also have the option to omit the buttonhole and opt for inserting elastic instead. The more structured the fabric choice, the more sculptural your top will look, so think about your desired effect when choosing your fabric. It looks lovely sewn up in our Atelier Brunette viscose fabrics.
Last but most certainly not least, let’s finish off with my favourite pattern of all time – The Adrienne Blouse by Friday Pattern Company.
If you’re looking for a super quick and easy-to-make sewing project and are a lover of statement sleeves, then this is the pattern for you! Consisting of just 3 pattern pieces, this top really couldn’t be simpler to make. And the best part? It’s so comfortable to wear too. The pattern is designed for stretch fabrics and we have a wonderful range of jersey fabrics to accompany it. I used our dusty pink bamboo jersey to create my version and it is one of the most comfortable, chic garments in my wardrobe.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to add a statement sleeve to your wardrobe.