I decided to do another project from my Cool Couture Remake
Book that I introduced in a former post. The Flutter Sleeve was
one of my favourite DIYs so I was very excited to do this project.
Mine turned out a little differently (my “flutter” is smaller because I used a small sweatshirt) and even though it reminds me (a teensy bit) of a shoulder pads a football player would wear, I’m happy with the results. Check out my instructions and gallery to see how I re-purposed a casual and boring sweatshirt into a feminine, wearable (and sporty) piece.
What You Need
- sewing machine or staples. Ok I’m mostly kidding about using staples BUT you can fasten the sleeves on with other items, like studs (my obvious fav) or cool pins. Don’t feel limited if you don’t have a sewing machine – Be creative!
- A boring sweatshirt, either borrowed/stolen from a family member, a thrift shop or a department store
- Lay out your sweatshirt and pin where you would like to cut the sleeve. Using a ruler or measuring tape is recommended and trying on the garment is helpful in deciding the placement. I went a little deep with mine and had to alter it afterward, remember that if you aren’t happy with the result there always a solution!
- With scissors, cut the sleeve seam off so it doesn’t appear on your finished flutter sleeve.
- Fold over the sleeve to make the two layered flutter sleeve and cut. Remember to make the sleeve underneath larger than the top. Then cut where you folded the sleeve. Repeat on the other side.
- Pin the sleeves onto the shoulder. Make sure the “right” side of the sleeve and shirt are together. The “right” side of the fabric is the part you would like facing out. see pic for clarification. Remember that the larger flutter has to be on the bottom so it has to be sewn on top of the smaller flutter sleeve. So when you turn the sleeve back down after sewing the bigger sleeve will be on the bottom. This may sound confusing but pin on the sleeves then turn them the right side up and you’ll understand.
- Sew sleeves on, press (iron). And sew sleeve hole over, press. Sewing the sleeve hole is optional, feel free to leave it raw like the sleeve ends.
- Finished! At this point I tried on the shirt and realized how deep I had cut the sleeves so I took the side seams in and it works.
DIY Photo Gallery
Should I stud it? JUST KIDDING! I have an obsession I know, but adding pizazz through bedazzling is always an option. I would love to know what you think! Feel free to suggest other changes, like different coloured sleeves or different fabric.