Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vogue 1331 - The Sleeves

The sleeves on this jacket are meant to be a dropped shoulder, but I'm just not digging the look of that.  Here I've basted in one sleeve the way it is supposed to be and the other sleeve I moved it in about 1/2 further up on the shoulder.  Can you tell from the photo below which is which?  I know it's very subtle.

The left arm is the set-in version (the sleeve on the right above) and the right arm is the version the way the jacket was designed (the sleeve on the left above - very confusing, I know).  To me, the original one looks like you were trying to set in a sleeve but didn't quite make it.  I even pressed the seam allowance towards the jacket (as indicated in the pattern), but still wasn't happy with the look.

The back of the sleeve seems to pull odd on the non-set in style too.  Please ignore the overlay near the armhole above - it's not sewn down yet so it puckers a bit there.

I'm going with the set-in sleeve side.  It's only moved in about 1/2 inch, but seems to make a huge difference in my opinion.  

Up next - the lining.

Until next time - Happy Sewing!


  1. I agree with you on the set-in sleeve; it looks so much better. Those dropped armholes just don't flatter our figures, in my opinion.

    1. Thanks Carol. Glad to know its not just me.

  2. Ditto. Double ditto. The revised sleeve looks perfect whereas the original sleeve makes the garment look too big.
    I really don't get it – who are those dropped shoulders for? Who looks good in them? Are they easier to set in?

    1. Couldn't agree more Vancouver Barbara. The drop one didn't seem any easier to put in either.