I’ve had a lot of things on my sewing list for the longest time – two of which were a long sleeve Crescent for the colder months, and a jersey Crescent. So i combined those two ideas (BOOM look at me being all efficient and what not hehe) and decided to make a long sleeved jersey Crescent! To make things quick and easy i mashed up the Briar sleeve with the rest of the Crescent pattern, and i am ridiculously thrilled with how it turned out!
Here’s how you can do it yourself!
This is crazy easy – and a surprisingly fast sew.
- Fold the Briar sleeve in half and line up the sleeve cap with the inner edge of the outer shoulder seam on the Crescent. Ensure that you maintain the shoulder angle. Note that the patterns are overlapping in the shoulder and at the underarm.
- Blend the pattern pieces, then do the same for the back pattern piece, then true the side seams
- Sew! The sleeve is going to be a little more fitted than the regular Briar sleeve as we will be sewing an additional seam, but didn’t add any seam allowance. This works fine if your fabric is sufficiently stretchy, but if you’re using a jersey with very little stretch, or want a looser fit, i would suggest sizing up in the Briar sleeve. Sew all the of the bodice seams using either a zig zag stitch or a serger overlocker. I used 1/4″ seams at the top and 5/8″ seams for under the arms and side seams. I did this to remain as close to the original patterns as possible. Attach the curved hem of the Crescent by following the pattern. To hem the curves simply turn under 1/2″ and toptstitch using a zig zag stitch or twin needles. To hem the neckline and shoulder cut outs turn in 1/4″ and topstitch using either a twin needle or zig zag stitch.
- Lastly, steam press the heck out of the hemline and neckline and cutouts. This will help the fabric to recover to it’s original shape and will set the curves.
Note: Initially i thought i may need to add underarm gussets – but since the Crescent bodice is so loose fitting it seems to work just fine as is. You can see there are some drag lines are the underarm as the sleeve is quite fitted. I’m cool with it, but if you decide to make the Crescent bodice more fitted, you may run into further fit and comfort issues, in which case i think you really would want to add underarm gussets.
So what do you think?! I love this top and can’t wait to try a shorter sleeved version with the tunic hem instead of curved hem!
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