Trend alert: Statement sleeves

Statement Sleeves: Pieione Clothing

Sleeve size this summer is bigger than ever and we can’t wait to get on our sewing machines and whip up our own arm apparel with attitude. Bell sleeves, tie sleeves, split sleeves, ruffled sleeves… with a modernised nod to the 60’s, we’re loving these bold statements in every way imaginable. Sew the trend and your arms are sure to be the focus of the attention.

Statement sleeves: Hellessy via Vogue

© Vogue: Hellessy Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, when it comes to sleeve size this summer, the bigger the better.

A great way to keep this trend modern is to mix it with masculine elements… think mens shirts (I feel a refashion coming on) the mix of soft oversized sleeves and clean tailored cuts is perfect and a huge hit this summer, in lightweight fabrics such as this light cotton chambray from Minerva crafts you’re sure to stay as cool as a cucumber on warm sunny days.

Ready to wear sleeves that wow?

Shop the look

We love this Bell Sleeve V-Neck Top (pictured above) by Pleione for Nordstrom. In fact the whole Pleione collection has a lot of fun with ruffled and bell sleeves.

Statement sleeves from Jacquemus

And check out this Jacquemus Asymmetric striped cotton-poplin mini dress – sporting the perfect summer balloon sleeves.

Sew the look

  • If you’re looking to sew your own classic bell sleeves this summer, Sew Over It have a great range of crepe fabric that would add a touch of luxury to your project and have you from office to cocktails in no time.
  • Over at ClothingPatterns101 they’ve got a handy tutorial in how to draft your own bell sleeves.
  • Of course we couldn’t resist trying out the trend too! We’ve got a free statement sleeve pattern for you coming up in our next issue (32) of Simply Sewing! Here’s a sneak peek…

how to sew statement sleeves: free Simply Sewing sewing pattern

This is a guest post by Leila Nadine.