3 April 2020

A velvet Bell Sleeve Top (Ellie & Mac sewing pattern)

This post refers to a sewing pattern, which I received for free as part of a blog tour in 2018. 
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It's time for me to show you another old - very old - garment I've sewn years ago. This one is almost 2 years old and thanks to weight changes it now fits even worse than it did back then. 

I think I've done a pretty good job and I really love the details, but overall I can only put this one onto my list of sewing fails. 


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As some might remember, I participated in a few blog tours about 2 years ago - until I realized, that my style just doesn't fit with the others' and I gained nothing out of it (personally and blog-wise), which is why I then stopped. Actually I'm not sure blog tours like those even happen anymore, as I don't see any calls for them like I used to - but maybe facebook just doesn't want to show it to me anymore, who knows. Anyways, this blog tour using Ellie & Mac sewing patterns was among the tours I was a part of back then. In my old post you'll find all the usual basic informations about the pattern - and an actually quite pretty garment, which I think deserves a look! Hell yeah, I even styled 3 different outfits back then!

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Neckline detail: v-neck with a lace band

 The sewing pattern I used to make this top is the Bell Sleeve Dress (Top) from Ellie & Mac*
Same as my first make I used size SM for the top part and graded it to size M at the hips. This time I shortened the sleeve before cutting out my fabric to keep the fullness of the bell. Then I divided the sleeve pattern into 3 sections and cut the middle part out of stretch lace - the same fabric I used for my Lace Suki Robe. The main fabric I used is stretch velvet - beautiful to watch, but as it turned out, it reveals all the fit issues, unlike the rayon jersey of my first make did. 


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Look at that bell sleeve!


On the neckline I used a very small lace band, as I thought that would look better than a band or simple hem - and boy it does. I definitely need to use lace for necklines more often! Since the sleeves deserved even more embellishment I decided to add another lace band on the outside of the upper sleeves and I really love this detail. 

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All the lace details!

On to the fit. Obviously the top is simply too big - especially now as I lost weight (sorry I mention that so often, but it's just part of the fit). There is quite a lot of excess fabric at the shoulders and bust, and also too much below, but the top is designed to flare out there anyways. Still, the sides tend to bunch up at the hips (vertically) and I don't think this looks good. But I think that's also due to the design style, which makes me thing that such wide looks are just not my thing. On the other hand the massive amount of pulls and folds at the bust section tells me I would need a full bust adjustment. Also, probably due to the fabric, the whole thing tends to shift towards the back, pulling up at the front, which makes it look even more strange and bad fitting. It doesn't do that in these photos, but trust me, it's bad. 

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So far I still have a few meters of stretch velvet left in my stash, this plain one and another with burnouts, but I hesitate to use them. I do adore the look and also the feel of it. But it shifts around so much, making it difficult to wear and sew, and since it's 100% polyester it gets stinky and sweaty within a very short time - and I am usually not a stinker at all. Just a few hours wearing this and it urgently needs a wash, it's horrible! I will have to think of suitable projects for this fabric, so if you have any suggestions I'd be happy to hear from you! 

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Overall this top does not get much wear, due to the fit and wear issues I mentioned above. I think one day I may refashion it and make it fit better - I want to keep the sleeves, but the bodice needs work. 
Until then, as I said, it's on my (imaginary) list of sewing fails. 

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2 comments

  1. It doesn't look bad at all to me! Could you repurpose it or amend it?

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    1. Thanks Mel! When I'm wearing it it constantly shifts around and gets all weird - I realize that is not that visible in the photos.
      Yes I plan on amending it! I just don't know exactly how yet, lol

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