IMAGE: SLEEVE GAP WHEN ARMS MOVE FORWARD
sheer layer on the front of the bodice is unusual because it is
actually part of the sleeves or "wings" of the gown. Yes
- the sleeves and the front overlay of the bodice are all one huge
piece! Imagine putting a cape on backwards so it hangs in front
of you. Cut away the excess fabric in the center front so that it
meets up with the empire waist seam just below the bust. The part
of the cape over the arms remains long and drapes to the ground.
This is the best way I can verbalize the idea behind these sleeves,
which are not really sleeves because they only lay on top of the
"Wings" hang freely in the back. They are only tacked
at the top of the shoulders at the neck line, and actually can swing
forward exposing the shoulders. (See the screen capture to the
left.) The edge of the sleeve is highlighted in blue at her shoulders.
It is only sewn down at the edge of the neck, not along the blue
isn't any pattern that exists for this unusual style, but thanks
to the help of Fenig Durak and a lot of trial and error - I came
up with a pattern that is generally like the sketch at the left
(note it's not exact or to scale. It's just there to give an idea
of what to aim for). You will also see a photo of an early mock-up
of my sleeve to the left. The bodice pattern is placed on top to
show you how the sleeve overlay is actually a part of the bodice.
(I believe I made further alterations to angles and drape of the
design after creating that test piece).
sheer front bodice layer is folded under as it extends out of the
side seams. (See the highlighting in pink in the photo below.)
is possible that if a nylon/tricot was actually used on this costume
that the sleeves of the movie costume were not finished with a hem.
If you use georgette it will need hemming. (I hand rolled the hem
to keep if very soft looking. Machine rolled hems will work also).
IMAGE: Pink Highlight = sheer fabric folded under as it extends
out of the side seam. Black Lines = seam lines. The Sleeve is only
stitched down about 2" up the side seam. Green Line = Bust dart
in opaque under layer of the dress.