|My favorite side|
I used this tutorial by Sweet Verbena. It's very clearly written with excellent photos. I really like the slick way the lining is attached. I did make a few changes and would suggest one more that I did not make. I'll explain that first.
- The lining needs to be cut ½ inch longer than the other piece if you want it to show as ¼ inch of trim at the opening. I did not discover that until it was too late so my lining is entirely inside. I needed every last inch to completely encase my glasses and that's because . . .
- I wanted the sleeve to fit very snug so that once the glasses are in, they will not fall out. The directions say to allow 1 inch all around the glasses. I allowed more like ½ to ¾ inch.
- I could not afford to make a mistake as I just barely had enough of the sari silk fabric, so I made a mock-up of the outer sleeve from muslin. It came out to about 3¼ inches x 6½ inches. I later shortened the length but ended up regretting that. If I were to make the sleeve again for this pair of glasses, I would cut the outer piece 3¼ inches x 6½ or 6¾ inches. I would cut the lining 3¼ inches wide and ½ inch longer than the other piece so that the lining can show as trim.
- The seam size was not specified. I used scant ¼-inch seams. If I were to make this again, I would stick with that except for the seam at the top opening, where I recommend a generous ¼-inch. At the neck , be sure to leave the batting untrimmed, so the lining trim is well padded.
- All my work was done by hand except for the side seams. I made this sleeve so snug that it was easier to do the seam at the neck by hand.
Before I could start using the tutorial, I needed to prepare my cloth.
|Lines were drawn on the harem cloth to help with placement|
|Ready to start constructing the sleeve|
- I started with some sari silks that were prepared for use as knitting ribbon. I found a piece I liked, ironed it a bit but not too much as I wanted to keep the worn appearance. I cut it in thirds and used two of them and saved the last third for another project.
- The other fabric is a very fine cotton with a damask weave. I'm not sure where it was made. The color shading is wonderful; all those colors are in one fabric. I have this fabric in several colorways and wish I had more.
- I used white harem cloth to stabilize the joining of the small pieces.
- The lining is a Bali batik done in vivid yellow and some blues and lavenders.
- The embellishing is done with embroidery floss.
- I used a super thin batting -- the kind that resembles felt. I don't remember what it's called; I bought it over ten years ago.
|Exposed harem cloth (white) was later covered with embroidery|
|Line of dense stitching added to cover harem cloth|
Piecing the fabric strips was tricky. It would have been easier if I had cut the cotton a smidge wider. To keep every thing straight, I drew lines on the harem cloth using a permanent marker. Despite my efforts, there were gaps between the fabrics which I covered with embroidery and patching. I thought everything was covered until the next to last step when I turned it outside-out and discovered more exposed harem cloth, so I added a line io heavy stitching which is now one of my favorite embellishments. It would have been easier to do this before it was all stitched together. I think the whip stitches also made the sleeve even snugger. The glasses just barely fit inside.
|Painter's tape kept the fringe out of the way|
The StitchingFrom the beginning, I wanted to embellish with tiger strips inspired by those I found in Mimi Lipton's book "The Tiger Rugs of Tibet". I only made a few and realized that it was going to take much longer than I wanted to spend on this project. I wish I had done the darker ones in charcoal rather than black. I prefer the khaki ones.
I switched to straight lines and then added some kantha stitch, which would have been smarter to do first.
|Cloth ready for construction|
I left the torn edges of the silks exposed. At one point the fringe was getting in the way as I worked on the embroidery, so I just covered the fringe with painter's tape!