I really wanted to include this as part of the sewalong as it’s such an easy alteration to the Banksia, and makes such a cute winter top!
I have to admit, sometimes i like this longsleeved version of the Banksia even more than the original hehehe.
Ready to go?
First we’ll start with the Banksia sleeve in your chosen size. How long you want your sleeve to be will depend on how long your arms are. Basically you want to figure out the finished length of your long sleeve based on your favourite long sleeve top. For me that was 23″. I then added 1″ for ‘puffyness’ around the wrist.
The beauty of this sleeve is that we will be finishing the cuff with elastic – how easy is that? I kind of adore it. We’ll be using 1″ wide elastic – so when figuring out the length of the sleeve you’ll need to cut you’ll take your finished sleeve length (24″ for me), and add on 5/8″ for the shoulder seam allowance, and then add 2″ for the cuff (i’ll explain how it all works out later). So my sleeve pattern needs to be 26 5/8″ long. Which means I needed to add 15 1/4″ to the length of the sleeve.
First lets tape some extra paper to the bottom of the sleeve pattern
Now fold the pattern in half – i do this because it makes it easier to keep everything symmetrical and work from the centre of the sleeve.
Measure down the fold line till you reach the point you need. Square across and up to meet your original sleeve.
Note that i didn’t taper the sleeve at all – i kept the width of the sleeve at the wrist the same as the original width. The reason for this is two fold. One it’s simple. And two, it results in a really nice gathered puffy sleeve, which is the aim.
Cut it out and you’re done!
I’ll explain how to sew up the longer sleeve with the elastic later in the sewalong.