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Sleevie Nicks

Added Feb 18, 2013

by heatherrique

Southern, Califo...






A top and a dress made from Butterick 5815. Sleeves like these have been called butterfly, batwing, or petal (which I think is more like it due to the overlap of the ends, leaving an opening along the arms).

Both were fairly simple to sew. I substantially took in the front and back while sewing my first version in a top and applied those modifications to my second version in a silk dress.

I stretched out my arms to the tune to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Stevie Nick’s “Stand Back” as a reminder to stand back when you are next to somebody with big sleeves ready to wave her arms.

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Material Notes

Top: cotton woven with “tape-measure” print
Dress: a Nicole Miller silk with a New Orleans themed print, more like a Mardi Gras celebration.




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    Feb 20, 2013, 07.55 AMby loulourosa

    Love your top with those sleeves! realy nice!

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    Feb 20, 2013, 01.01 AMby khatsu

    Heather, you crack me up! I got a lot of laughs watching that “Stand Back” video. I’m sure we all though they looked really hot at the time.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 05.48 PMby heatherrique

      I am glad you had a chance to re-watch the video seeing Stevie’s permed waves and men sporting the"A-Ha/Jack Wagner/Duran-Duran" mullet styled hair.

      It was interesting to read from Wikipedia that Stevie asked Prince to help her with song’s signature synthesizer sound (after being inspired by “Little Red Corvette” on the radio). Prince seemed to be involved in many projects during the 1980’s.

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    Feb 19, 2013, 05.46 PMby cathysews

    I love them, they look so nice.

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    Feb 19, 2013, 05.52 AMby quiltsewsewsue

    Fun dress!

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    Feb 18, 2013, 11.32 PMby schnui

    Great top and dress which really suit you.

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    Feb 18, 2013, 11.06 PMby chillwear

    Really cute! I have this pattern and now want to make it even more.

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      Feb 20, 2013, 05.36 PMby heatherrique

      Thanks, chillwear! I hope you give it a try and post your photos.

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    Feb 18, 2013, 08.25 PMby Mary Athey

    Love the top and dress. The fabric you used for both’s lovely and what fab sleeves. Great job as always.x

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      Feb 18, 2013, 08.41 PMby heatherrique

      Thank you, Mary! I appreciate very much your time to read and comment. :-)

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