Every so often it can be fun to indulge in a straight-up knock-off, and today I’m sharing the simple ruched sleeve technique I used for a Anthropologie tee knock-off here, and all the other details (including my inspiration garment) over at the Train to Crazy where Andrea (is doing a fun Make This Look miniseries.
For this project I began by hemming the sleeve hems, and then pinning a strip of 1/4″ elastic from the top curve of your sleeve to the bottom center of the hem (wrong side). The elastic should measure about 4 or so inches less that the height of the sleeve i.e. my sleeve was 12.5″, and my elastic was 8″.
Then beginning at the top, secure the elastic to your fabric by zigzagging back and forth a few times to make sure that sucker isn’t going anywhere (medium width and length). Zig zag down until you can grasp the fabric behind the presser foot, and then stretch the elastic to the full length of the sleeve while you zig zag down.
Again, don’t forget to stop by Andrea’s wonderful blog for more deets!