+ DIY gathered bell sleeve refashion

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This dress is actually a refashion from one of my DIYs! I literally couldn’t find the right fabric or the right dress at the thrift store so I just grabbed my old boxy dress DIY and went for it! I took it in to be more A-line and added the sleeves. I realized after I attached the sleeves and took in the dress a little, it turned out to be kind of summery. Ehhhh, what can you do. Still love it and can’t wait to wear it!

Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Here is the before shot! If you want to know how to make this boxy dress hop over HERE!

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Comments

  1. This is such a great idea. I’ve seen lots of these sleeves in the shop at the moment. Lovely refashion and your son is sooo cute!

  2. Sarah Helene says:

    Stylish, creative addition for sleeves on a dress or top! Seems simple enough to sew. THANKS for sharing!