All sorts of special treatments contributed to this flowy, butterfly-sleeve top. It began with the Named Ansa pattern, whose uniquely-curved bodice pined for the insertion of a tiny piping. We gathered the essentials for the project: neutral striped cotton/linen fabric with a hint of metallic gold; the Ansa pattern; tiny cording to create the piping; and perfectly-matched trim with its own hint of metallic gold. A few yards of the custom petite piping was sewn with strips of bias fabric. The reverse side of the fabric was used as the "right side" because it was as pretty as the true "right side," and its lighter tone produced a subtle contrast. We used the "wrong side" magic on the bindings of the hem and neck, too! A basting stitch on the sleeves show the placement of the trim, which was whipstitched on by hand. The hem was then carefully folded under and stitched to create a finish which looks as nice on the underside as it does on the top. This detail is important when sewing a butterfly or any other floaty sleeve. We finished off this top with our "Made with Joy" label, because it was!
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