My daughter Martha has inspired another garment for my summer wardrobe. It’s a blouse with gathered cap sleeves that have a unique twist. Martha says she was going for unusual construction techniques like those that were common in the 1930’s. Those dresses often had seams and pleats in unusual places that added dimension and shaping. Martha’s blouse has a sleeve band that is cut connected to the main body of the blouse. It is not a separate pattern piece. In effect, there is a dart at the sleeve bottom that is gathered on one leg and straight on the other.
The neckline band is sewn in the conventional manner.
My blouse is not quite the same as Martha’s. Hers is cropped to her waist. I went for a longer look.
Read all about Martha’s blouse at her post here, on her blog madeonmyfingers.