Someone gave me a skirt that all my friends at work decided would look great with a chocolate brown top. I think I’ll treat myself to a store shopping trip and find lots of chocolate brown tops but NO SLEEVES!
This might be a rant about how fashion is designed for the average pre-teen and forced on women of all ages but I’ll stop.
Okay, I have my grandmothers arms, the side effect of weight loss. They’re not pretty. However my overriding reason for sleeves is that they are required by my dress code at work. They don’t care about my flab, they just don’t want to see my armpits.
I would like a nice fitted top made of something stretchy but not slutty to go with my free skirt. I look and look and buy a nice pair of shoes (cringe, $95) that would go well with my free (starting to get expensive) skirt. I start to think that maybe sleeves are too expensive to find in ready-made. There’s these little sleeve wings and cute little sleeve caps that would suit my eight year old, but no real sleeves. I decide that manufacturers are intimidated by sleeves therefore they are avoiding them. I ask the salesclerk for sleeves. She says “lots of people are asking for sleeves but this is what they send us.”
I give up, I go home, stop by the fabric store, buy some lingerie lining and stretch lace and make one from my well used crossover top pattern. With sleeves. What would I do without sewing?