I get so caught up in the day to day that I never get around to posting everything I intend. Take the sample of this origami sleeve; I took this photo in Berlin last September! I saw a few things there that would make for an interesting challenge other than that Crines collar I posted way back when which merited a one, two, three, four part argument. Yes, I’m a bit obsessive about pattern engineering. Maybe I’ll get around to those pockets I found too.
There’s one thing that bugs me about this sleeve though. It’s not a whole sleeve -and it could be. No, it’s an artsy fartsy, attached like an epaulet thing just flopping around, exposing your underarm and this thing is wool mind you! If you’re wearing wool, it’s cold out and you don’t need anything breezing acrross your chest via a slash at your armpit. Okay, so I’m a fuddy duddy. I think it’d be just as lovely if not more so as a complete sleeve -meaning it’d sew into the armscye.
I realize you can’t see it very well, I was shooting this through a plate glass window and hoping I wouldn’t get caught but there’s a larger version too. The point is, this is really just a concept, you don’t really need to create this sleeve per se but you can use the concept to create interesting folds and not even just around the bicep. I’d thought to do things like this if I were to ever get around to launching that blouse line but I’d be inclined to do it down near the cuff if not at the cuff. Cuffs these days are superfluous, nobody makes interesting detailed ones anymore. They’re perfunctory, tuck in the blousing of the sleeve into a three inch topstitched band and if you’re lucky, the button is cute but usually not even that. It’s a pity really.
Anyway, play at will. Submit sketches if you like of interesting renditions. If you’re up to a challenge, try drawing out the pattern piece for this sleeve. Bonus points if you can make it a regular sew in sleeve. By the way, this sleeve has a downside. It’ll be hard to press so you can’t use a fabrication that wrinkles in the wash.