Sew Daily Fans Choose My Sewing Adventure! Sleeves or Sleeveless

I am making my way through the book Simply Sewn by Michiyo Ito. All the projects are simple to make but have that classic look and feel to them. Granted there are a few that I think might be my 'style' but with a few adjustments here and there, there is no doubt they would be. Currently, I am making the shrug project. I am making mine out of Cuddle Fabric in the navy blue with a hexagon print. And, yes it is very snuggly but looks rather chic and stylish. I only have enough fabric to do one version.

My dilemma is that I don't know if I should keep the sleeve like the directions call for, or just have it sleeveless. Below you will see some photos that I took of each version. This is a raw version, no hems have been finished etc, so it does need some cleaning up but I think you can get the idea.


Full view



No sleeve

  


Sleeve attached

What do you think? Sleeveless or sleeved. Let me know on the blog and I will do your bidding.

 

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49 thoughts on “Sew Daily Fans Choose My Sewing Adventure! Sleeves or Sleeveless

  1. I vote sleeveless. Without the sleeve, it looks like a “layer.” With the sleeve, it looks like a complete cover-up. Makes it look a little more shapeless.

  2. The silhouette of the sleeveless side looks better with the cuddle fabric. If you were using a lighter weight, flowier fabric the sleeve might look better.

  3. Sleeveless. It looks too heavy with the sleeve. In a different, lighter weight fabric I might say with sleeve but I’d have to see it to say for sure.

  4. I like the sleeveless version…It seems more cozy and laid back while still maintaining its classiness …less uptight than the one with sleeves…I’m all for comfy & laid back!

  5. I tink the sleeveless looks more balanced. I f you wanted sleeves (which are warmer) you would want a trimmer, more fitted jacket body. Otherwise it looks too big. This also depends upon the fabric used. But, anyway, I vote for the sleeveless.

  6. But now that I look at it better, it seems as if the body of the sleeved view is different than the sleeveless one. It certainly would not look good with the looser jacket body with sleeves, or the more fitted jacket body without sleeves.

    So, it is confusing without seeing the pattern pieces/measurements, or just how the 2 views are cut and constructed.

    Does anyone else notice this?

  7. Good point Laura Flora.

    The fabric is a Cuddle/Minky fabric so it’s a little bit weighty. I don’t know if it’s just the way I’m standing or what, but the sleeved view does look a little more fitted. Plus, the sleeve view might be pulling the bodice portion down a bit. But, I see what you’re’ saying.

  8. If I were making it for myself, I would make it sleeveless. Ths sleeves look wide and bulky and would get in the way. It seems like iit would be difficult to put a coat on over it.

  9. If I were making it for myself, I would make it sleeveless. Ths sleeves look wide and bulky and would get in the way. It seems like iit would be difficult to put a coat on over it.

  10. If I were making it for myself, I would make it sleeveless. Ths sleeves look wide and bulky and would get in the way. It seems like iit would be difficult to put a coat on over it.

  11. I agree with the comments. However, the long sleeve you are wearing is a determining factor. If you intend to wear it without long sleeves, you might want to test that before making your decision.

  12. I think the sleeveless view looks better, the view with the sleeves to me looks like the sleeve length is not long enough perhaps needing a cuff, a bit unfinshed. The sleeveless view allows the long-sleeve of a top to show more. And to perhaps show more of bracelets or cuffs on the wrist and arms.

  13. I think the sleeveless view looks better, the view with the sleeves to me looks like the sleeve length is not long enough perhaps needing a cuff, a bit unfinished. The sleeveless view allows the long-sleeve of a top to show more. And to perhaps show more of bracelets or cuffs on the wrist and arms.

  14. The sleeve appears bulky and very loose. Either way, you may have a problem putting on a coat or jacket over the shrug.

    If you keep the sleeve, it could possibly get wet while you wash your hands, caught on a door knob, a hook or peg located in the “strike zone”, caught on the gear changer in your car, etc. In other words, It could be a safety issue. If you want to keep it, you probably would need to start just above the elbow and taper the sleeve and add a cuff at the wrist.

    If you omit the sleeve, you probably would be limiting when you could wear the shrug, in which season. Breezes could fly up your arms easily, the armholes could get caught on knobs, hooks, and pegs, but the safety issues are fewer.

    Which option you choose, I hope you show us the completed shrug.

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