Tulip Sleeve Jacket

I didn’t know they made Leisure suits for women…


On the upside, the color is lovely and I dig that neckline… reminds me of suit shapes from the 30s or 40s. Classy.

I started by taking it in quite a bit


I cut off the excess material right on my dress form. Then, I ran the edges under this Serger.

This is where it got interesting… I cut off the sleeves ‘cuz I was too lazy to seam rip them. This is nothing new, but the buttons on the sleeve inspired me to do something crazy.

Aren’t they awesome?

“A tulip sleeve!” I thought. That would be so perfect with the vintage neckline. Just a slight problem: I don’t know HOW to do a tulip sleeve.

I did what any self respecting wannabe seamstress would do: I went on Pinterest for tutorials. I hate to say it but NONE of them helped… they were all too advanced for me. They were way too pattern specific and I just didn’t get it!  I racked my brain and finally decided to just figure it out on my own, which is so like me by the way. I don’t want to sound like a complete dweeb but I’m very much a “Sensing” kind of personality (ESFJ to be exact). For those of you who are familiar with Myers-Briggs you know what I’m talking about 🙂


I cut the “Caps” off both the sleeves and drew the shape of a tulip on them. I would need 1 front piece and 1 back piece for each sleeve. I had enough fabric in the sleeves to make my own “pattern” for these respective pieces.

So far, so good.

I wanted the buttons from the original sleeve to be the focal point of the new “tulip” sleeve. They were my inspiration, after all. So, I cut accordingly.


I had to really use my noggin’ yet again… You can’t do this for BOTH of the sleeves. They have to mirror image one another because if they didn’t it would just look weird. So, for the next tulip sleeve I had to cut the material so that the buttons were on top of the fabric and on the RIGHT side of the sleeve (as opposed to this picture where the buttons are on the left). Get it?

Now you understand why I struggled 🙂

Before I “assembled” the tulip, I finished the bottom edge with a rolled hem.


Then, I pinned the 2 pieces together and sewed them at the top of the “Cap.” This would make the sleeve one piece and, thus, much easier to sew back into the jacket.

There was a slight “button malfunction” and I had to fix that, hence the mismatched thread 😀 #KeepinItReal

Then, came the moment of truth! I pinned the sleeves into the jacket (right sides together) and sewed ’em down!


I’m not gonna lie… I didn’t line one of the sleeves up right and I had to seam rip it out and do it again.

But when I did, THIS happened:


It turned out exactly the way I had envisioned!


How cute are my shoes, by the way???


I haven’t worn heels in months! (Or, any kind of cute shoe, for that matter). I found these on a blog devoted to people who have horrible feet.  I’m sick of wearing ugly granny shoes so I took the plunge and bought these from Dansko.  They are specifically designed for people with Plantar Fasciitis and/or heel spurs. I’ve been suffering since November so I figured I had nothing to lose!

I’m going to write a full review on these shoes in the near future. Spoiler alert: They’re AWESOME 🙂

I was feeling SO good in my new shoes I actually cooked dinner for HUBS!

Proof that I can cook. Isn’t my new kitchen totes adorbs? 🙂
It turned out pretty good if I do say so, myself.
A lovely tulip sleeve… and happy feet!

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