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Sleeve Study by CarotteSauvage

Added Dec 26, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Conceptual creator of clothing & BurdaStyle member CarotteSauvage has brought new meaning to our Lydia top with an innovative sleeve design. Here’s her inspiration:

Inspiration comes in many shapes. Endless analogies can be drawn from nature or manufactured objects for garment construction. Take analog film (in this case, 16 and 35 mm) as an example. When physically handled one can notice the intricate geometric patterns on the side of the celluloid strip. This is the soundtrack of your film you are holding. It is called Optical Sound. It is the system used by a projector to play back sound from a film strip. The sound is exposed onto the film as a clear modulating line against a black background. The projector reads the track by passing in between the exciter lamp.

Source of Inspiration: Recipes for Disaster by Helen Hill

Now imagine: Circles, ovals and rectangles modulating around your arm. How would they drape if turned into a sleeve? The exciter lamp in your brain starts generating an uncontrollable voltage!
The tutorial proposed is a variation of the Lydia pattern and features some ‘well-rounded’ sleeves and a collar boat. The top has been made in jersey knit. The construction principle of the sleeves can be applied to all patterns and types of fabric. Extensive explanations end here. The Instructions of this tutorial are delivered with an optical soundtrack. Sadly, we are not in possession of an adequate online streaming device to actually hear it. However, the explanatory sketches should be ‘optically sound’.

Material Notes

2 yards (2 meters) stretch jersey or rib knit



Related Techniques


Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Mod, Preppy, Rock, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Knits/Jersey

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    Dec 31, 2010, 10.02 AMby nikkishell

    Tell me about it ;)

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    Dec 30, 2010, 08.27 AMby stephiaffi

    Wow, I love this design. It’s so simple but still so effective. i#d love to try this when I have a bit of time…Thanks for sharing!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 11.40 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    could you make a how-to concerning how you are so continually fabulous?

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      Dec 29, 2010, 05.50 PMby carottesauvage

      waow what a compliment! Perhaps I’d find it easier to make a ‘how-not-to’!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 09.29 PMby vegand

    Very clever! And pretty!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 06.07 PMby vflsun

    It is very pretty. I love the sleeve drape. I’m not that good with knits. but I’m going to give this a go next weekend.

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      Dec 29, 2010, 05.53 PMby carottesauvage

      You can apply the same drafting principle to other patterns (the Jennifer pattern as fitted sleeves as far as I remember) and non-stretch fabric, popeline, linen etc…
      Have fun trying out! Best

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    Dec 28, 2010, 04.20 PMby joycexi

    You’ve just made something simple into a sophisticated cool piece! Love it!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 03.21 AMby damianadesigns


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    Dec 27, 2010, 08.57 PMby ghainskom

    I love the way you wrap your mind around patterns.

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      Dec 29, 2010, 05.56 PMby carottesauvage

      thanks!!! I often wrap patterns around my mind; I might draft a pattern for a turban next :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 07.46 PMby Jamie Lau

    Go you! I love your inspiration!

    xo Your friend across the pond

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    Dec 27, 2010, 05.31 PMby wzrdreams

    I like the sleeves. The instructions explain very well what the description does not.

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      Dec 29, 2010, 05.57 PMby carottesauvage

      ‘My tailor is rich but my English is poor’, now you understand what I mean and the lack of description! ;) Bestx

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      Dec 29, 2010, 06.59 PMby wzrdreams

      Totally! And at this point, I know that whatever you have to say is worth investigating further. It’s part of the fun of reading your project posts. :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 04.38 PMby Testosterone

    Nifty and delicious!

    You are an inventive creature. MORE PLEASE!!!

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      Dec 29, 2010, 05.58 PMby carottesauvage

      Thanks, I have several ideas I’d like to try

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    Dec 27, 2010, 01.50 PMby sewella

    What a wonderful outcome of an ingenious alteration idea! Love every single bit of the instructions!

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      Dec 29, 2010, 06.00 PMby carottesauvage

      Well, your how-tos are so inspirational!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.12 AMby lynnevv

    Very cool-great inspiration!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 10.53 AMby nikkishell

    How wonderful! So simple an alteration but such a great impact. Love your hair btw :)

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      Dec 29, 2010, 06.01 PMby carottesauvage

      That’s how things work in pixie land (re-the hair cut) :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 10.52 AMby anajan

    Bravo Carotte! Such an easy alteration with such an eye-catching result. Thank you for simple and clear instructions. And, I have to note: your originality and uniqueness has showed up once again to stun us all – I love how you designed the instruction pics!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 08.59 AMby groovymama

    This is absolutely fantastic. I love those sleeves.

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    Dec 27, 2010, 06.52 AMby lunatepetal

    this is so cool! such an interesting interpretation/alternation of the original pattern, and such a great outcome!!

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      Dec 29, 2010, 06.03 PMby carottesauvage

      Thanks Luna.Hope you had a great trip!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 06.26 AMby juebejue

    woo, such a simple alteration with such an interesting result! I love it!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 06.04 AMby tamsinwp

    This is fantastic – inspirational as ever!

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