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Dress Patterns Edit: Statement Sleeve Dresses

Statement sleeves were a major trend last year, and we are glad to report that they are staying for 2020! If you are starting to gather inspiration for your Spring wardrobe, a dress with statement sleeves is a not-to-be-missed item. There are so many different types of statement sleeves, like bell sleeves, ruffled sleeves, and off shoulder sleeves, just to name a few. You can really make the “statement” as big or as small as you want to. Check out a few of our favourite patterns below (including quite a few brand new designs) and we cannot wait to see what you will make with these!

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Pattern: McCall’s 8036, #SashaMcCalls.

This beautiful asymmetric dress features the cutest balloon sleeves! The pleats at the top add extra volume around the shoulders and you can choose from above-elbow or full-length sleeves with narrow band cuffs. Add a tie, a sash or a button closure at the front and you also have the option add ruffles along the hem.

Pattern: Simplicity 9012.

One for the gathers and frills lovers! Designed by Cynthia Rowley this loose-fitting mini-dress or top has a neckline which is gathered to ruffle, a stand up collar and raglan sleeves with tiered frills. Swoon!

Pattern: Burda Style 6364.

Make a statement with these pretty perfect bell sleeves! This pattern is designed for jerseys and knitted fabrics only, so it will be super comfortable to wear and fairly easy to fit. Isn’t that what we all want?!

Pattern: McCall’s 8035,#BrynnMcCalls.

This gorgeous dress has a high-waist front-wrap bodice and it’s bang on trend! The sleeves are big and voluminous, just the way we like it. Choose from long sleeves with elasticated cuffs, or short sleeves with a cute tulip detail. Add a waist peplum or hem frill for extra cuteness.

Pattern: Butterick 6452.

Get ready for spring in this adorable dress with cold shoulder detail. The pattern includes this loose-fitted dress and a jumpsuit, both are perfect for swooshing around in!

Pattern: Simplicity 9040.

This dreamy dress features the most beautiful details! The tie-cuff detail is to die for, but you also have 2 other sleeve styles to choose from. Furthermore you can choose between 2 different lengths, a V or a round neckline and different belt variations. Also, aren’t those big patch pockets amazing?

Pattern: McCall’s 8033, #SophiaMcCalls.

This dress features subtle statement sleeves and it’s swoon worthy… The sleeves have just the right amount of gathers at the top and bottom, and the elasticised hems finishes them off beautifully. Choose from long or short sleeves, and a knee and maxi length skirt.

Pattern: McCall’s 8034, #CoraMcCalls.

Wow! These sleeves are taking this fabulous dress to a whole other level. Choose from shoulder straps or two different full sleeve variations, and we absolutely love the elasticated gathers at the neckline and shoulder. The dress is fitted with boning, front and back seams and a zip fastening.

Pattern: McCall’s 8032, #BlytheMcCalls.

These puffed sleeves with cute little frills equals perfection! This dress is chic and playful and we love it. The fitted bodice has darts, a back zip fastening and a waist seam. Go for the optional frill on the flared skirt and neckline to add even more cute details.

Pattern: Vogue 9238.

It’s not all about puffyness, frills and gathers. This dress from Vogue is just as stylish! The oversized flounce that goes from the front to the back and covers your arms (almost like short sleeves) definitely steels the show!

Pattern: McCall’s 8043, #AlisterMcCalls.

We know we said we would round-up statement sleeve dresses… But we couldn’t leave this amazing top – with even more amazing sleeves – out of this blog post. The gathers, the ruches, the volume, we could not love these sleeves more!


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