I was really on the fence about this pattern. I love the sleeveless style, but sleeveless isn't allowed at work and most of the clothes I make for me are work clothes. Casual clothes are easy to buy and not always as fun to make. But I bought the pattern at Hancock's because I figured I might like to layer the sleeveless top under a cardigan or light jacket for spring or fall. I was on my lunch break last week, and came across a blogger who had made this top and modified the sleeves. It was SO pretty!!! Here's a link because I wouldn't have made this top without seeing SewRuth. The cuff's she added were what made me realize this pattern had more potential than just as a sleeveless blouse. I absolutely love her version!!
Ultimately, I franken-patterned the sleeves from Simplicity 2403 - another dress on my to do list one of these days. I need to remember to measure the pattern bicep when making a cuffed sleeve like this one, but ultimately it does fit, I just don't have a lot of extra moving room. Thankfully, that's not really an issue for me. If it had been the elbow, and one of the many reasons I'm not a fan of long sleeved shirts, it would have been a different story. I've posted a photo of the original. Very bell shaped!! I don't know, I just don't see the bell shape as being flattering with this style.
Here you can see my modified sleeve. I copied the sleeve cap for the KS pattern, so that I wouldn't have any fitting issues. I've marked on my pattern that I need to add about 1/2 inch for fit next time. Or tone up my arms. Ugh. The photo to the right gives you a better view of what the new pattern actually looks like. This was actually a very easy modification.
Here's a peak at how the cuff looks. The button matches much better in person, rather than being slightly more monochramatic on my monitor. I had a green button that would have matched well too, but I wanted a little bit of contrast, so this one is perfect. See my machine manual in the background? It's been such a long time since I did a button hole, I sort of forgot how to do it! How did that happen?
And here's the final product. I really love this blouse, and I'm so happy that I decided to make it up!
Here's a quick look at the neckline too. For me, it's very low cut - something I seem to be having an issue with lately on many patterns! Thankfully, I own plenty of camisoles that work well for modesty!