Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sleeves, glorious sleeves!

There is no better way to end a (forced) blog quarantine than with a healthy dose of trends, readers. And the predominating topic of this month's posts will be sleeves, so I plan.

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Now, New York Times' Ruth La Ferla claims that sleeves are experiencing a serious comeback as documented in major designers spring collections.
"From the look of the spring shows last month, fashion has had a wake-up call. Designers who routinely cater to stringy adolescents, or parade arm-baring sheaths that only Michelle Obama could love, suddenly seemed to get that their most devoted clients — women well over 40 with upscale tastes and incomes to match — view the first lady’s biceps with serious pangs of envy."
I am not well over 40, but starting to realize that Madame Obama's biceps are indeed an enviable exception. So, whether it's the influence of sleeve-sporting Duchess of Cambridge or the 'Homeland' heroine - I don't care. At some point, we all know the advantage of it. Long live the sleeve!

And since, as we know, a picture is worth a thousand words, let's have a quick glimpse at some of the featured styles:

Altuzarra's hybrid cape-and-sleeve trench coat
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sleeves draped and fitted at the wrist at Celine
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casual rolled-up sleeve at Dries van Noten
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Mod sleeves at Louis Vuitton
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There is much more, here: skinny sleeves, half sleeves, three-quarter sleeves, bell sleeves, trumpet sleeves, cap sleeves, quilted sleeves, appliqué sleeves, lace sleeves - you name it. The type is not important, but the mere prevalence of the sleeve as such. Just in time for some hard core sleeve drafting

I swear, I could feel that! My most recent Burdastyle project features an interesting specimen of the sleeve family, but more about it later ;) ...all I can say now is 'Cardin'.

11 comments:

  1. Love sleeves! Not only do I feel more "dressed" with sleeves, there are ... estethic reasons why I so very much like them =) Great that the fashion industry has caught up on that most adult women prefer some sort of sleeve attached to their clothes!

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  2. I am so glad to see sleeves coming back. Especially because I do not like to wear a sleeveless dress when it is 30 degrees out. I hate being cold!!! I was getting so irritated with the sleeveless dresses out in the middle of winter. Every time I went to look for a dress to wear to a December or January event, I ended up with no options having sleeves. What gives?

    On the other front, I don't really like my arms too much and do not enjoy showing them off....

    I just made a dress with very interesting sleeves and it was a lot of fun. So glad I made it back to the world of sewing because now I can make my own long sleeve dresses for winter if they do not have any long sleeve dresses at the store!

    Thanks again for the great post.

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  3. I love sleeves, they add elegance.. I'm not a cardigan person because it swamp the outfit and love outfits with intriguing sleeves

    Do you know how can I add an elbow dart on a pattern sleeve?

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  4. I missed you, hope you're well! I love sleeves, mostly because U never seem to be hot enough to wear sleeveless. However, sleeves are one of my weakest sewing point so look forward to your of posts on sleeves.

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  5. Two things - the Prada dress you open your post with was worn by Anna Wintour in Boston last night and I thought it was interesting that you choose that dress too. And the second thing is that I'm at that time in my life where I can be hot at any given moment and I've found that sleeveless just works better for me with a cardigan or jacket layer that can be removed. I don't have the greatest arms but I care more about comfort than I do style in this instance. Although I do have to agree that sleeves do offer an element of elegance to garments.

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  6. I love sleeves! I never (or rather, rarely) wear sleeveless as it is, always with a cardigan or jacket. It could be because that's what I'm used to, and maybe cultural also. But yeah, sleeves I love. Really looking forward to your burdastyle project feature!

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  7. I love sleeveless dresses, but mainly because I hate setting in sleeves! :) Looking forward to reading more!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I love sleeves. There are so many possible design elements with sleeves. I just live in Florida where it gets HOT so sleeveless is more comfortable. I tend to dress in layers because of the freezing air conditioners. I don't have Michelle's biceps but, like Carolyn, comfort usually is more important.

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  9. Oh, I love the Dries van Noten look. Sleeves, how I couldn't agree more. Even before I passed 40, I always preferred a longer short sleeve or even a 3/4 sleeve above a sleeveless design. Alas, I live in a climate that makes sleeves almost unbearable 6 months of the year so I've had to make peace with my very un-Michelle arms.

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