Guess who is back again with another super fun freebie for Halloween? Spooky Season is my all time favorite and I was super duper pumped to bring this sleeve to life for y’all!
The Elvira Sleeve is named after the Mistress of the Dark herself, one of the most iconic vampy ladies out there. Honestly it’s the only name I wanted to give it after I decided to make these sleeves happen. It’s just too perfect!
The sleeves are designed with a bat-like scalloped edge and fits along the princess seaming of the front and back bodices perfectly. It provides for a very retro look with a little extra something!
I’m mildly obsessed with how they turned out! (A quick sidebar before there’s any confusion, I personally only wanted a top and not a full length dress when I created my ensemble. The skirted portion is actually the peplum length skirt from the Sweetheart Dress…I just matched it up with the bodice of the Gala Gown!)
You will need the Adult Gala Gown pattern in order to create this vampy look! Don’t have it in your pattern collection yet? Not to worry! We’ve got a special discount code for you to use (through 11:59pm CST on Friday, September 30, 2022). You can use this one time use code on the Adult, Youth, or Bundle.
Use code: SPOOKYSEASON to take advantage of the discount!
- Gala Gown Pattern
- Elvira Sleeve, Gala Gown Add-On (free pattern!)
- 5/8 Yard Additional Knit Fabric for Sleeves
- Basic Sewing Supplies
The Elvira Sleeve is designed to work only with the sleeved versions of the Gala Gown. In my finished photos, I have used the cap sleeve length. You can choose to use any of the sleeve lengths that you wish!
**To use this add-on, we are making slight changes to the original Gala Gown’s tutorial for the construction of the Main Fabric. Steps 1 and 2 are being done in reverse, in order to attach the Elvira Sleeves to the princess seaming.
Step 1: With right sides together of main front and main back bodice pieces, stitch at shoulders.
Step 2: With right sides facing up, lay bodice piece on table in front of you.
With right sides together, align one of the sleeves along the armscye and front/back princess seams. Baste in place. **Just like the Gala Gown pattern itself, the single notch designates the front bodice, the double notch designates the back bodice.
**Note: The Elvira Sleeves were designed to be left unhemmed. If you plan to hem the scalloped edges, do that now — before you attach them to the bodice in the next stop.
Step 3: With right sides together, matching at top, bottom, and bust points, pin and ease curves of main side bodice and center front bodice. Stitch.
Note: Align the top of the side bodice with the center front bodice at the seam allowance, not the top raw edge of the curve. There will be a small “dog-ear”/wedge that overhangs. The Elvira sleeves will be wedged between the main side bodice and center front bodice.
Repeat with opposite side. With right sides together, matching at top, bottom, and bust points, pin and ease curves of other main side bodice and center front bodice. Stitch.
Repeat with Back Center Bodice and Back Side Bodice pieces.
Continue with the remainder of the Gala Gown tutorial steps, starting at Step 3: Neckline.
If I may speak for the entire P4P Team, we are SO EXCITED to see your Elvira Sleeve, Gala Gowns! Make sure you share it with us in our Facebook Group, or tag us on Instagram (#patternsforpirates or @patternsforpirates) so we can celebrate your cute, new, vampy outfit!