Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Knitting up the raveled sleeve

There are only so many ways to design a dress because it has to fit a human being. One of the things that all dresses must have is some way for arms to fit into it. Of course, you can opt out of the whole problem by making the dress strapless, but I think this is boring. In fact, I think most modern bridal gowns are boring. There are only so many variations on a strapless gown. So all you can design is a skirt. But sleeves give you so many different options.

So class, today's lesson is on lantern sleeves. Check the lovely bride and her bridesmaid at the left. A lantern sleeve fits tight at the top then has a gathered sleeve at the bottom. It seems that lantern sleeves are a new hot item in fashion. Look at this lovely blouse from Geren Ford. It's one of the most beautiful garments I've ever seen. The gorgeous wedding dress pattern in the photo is found in my shop here.

It's not necessary to have the wrist gathered in order for it to be considered a lantern sleeve. And I'm seeing them all over the place. Just Google "lantern sleeve" and see what you get.

So think on sleeves: raglan, dolman, leg of mutton, juliette, cap, batwing, bishop, pouf, bell and more. Down with strapless gowns! Up with sleeves!

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