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Made By A Fabricista: Puffy Sleeves, Yes Please!

Hi Guys! Happy New Year.  I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and the new year is treating you well so far.  I’ve been wanting to make the Women’s Oversized Puffy Sleeve Dress by Beaute’ J’adore ever since she released this pattern.  Nikki is known for her statement sleeves and she’s a woman after my own heart because I love a good statement sleeve too.  The sleeves on this dress are serving all the drama and I’m here for it!

Puffy Sleeve Dress

When I tell you that I am head over heels with this make, I mean it.  What is there not to love about an oversized dress with puffy sleeves?! Um, nothing! This dress has two sleeve options, so if you aren’t into the puffy sleeve, you can opt not to add the elastic and just add horsehair to the hem to the sleeve.  The horsehair braid gives the sleeve hem structure and makes them stand out. I went with the puffy sleeve option.

Based on my body measurements, I made a size 16.  I sewed the dress following the pattern instruction and the only modification I made to the dress was to take off two inches from the hem because I’m a shorty.  Pattern comes with step-by-step instructions and a step-by-step YouTube tutorial.  The experience level is set at easy and I would have to agree. There are only a few pieces that need to be sewn together and the hardest part is the zipper install, if you haven’t done one before.  The pattern instructions do a pretty good job at explaining how to do it and there are tons of video tutorials on YouTube if needed.

Besides the puffy statement sleeves, my other favorite part of this dress is how the lining is sown together.  I don’t recall ever installing a lining this way and I thought it was clever. There are a few steps to this process, and I can’t really explain it without sharing photos of each step. (which, unfortunately, I didn’t take) I did take photos of the lining installed and it just looks so clean.  I love it.

Fabric Used

In order to get the puffy sleeves to stand out, you need to use a fabric that has some structure. If not, your sleeves will not stand up properly. The fabric suggestions for this pattern are wool, twill, cotton, taffeta, and denim.  I knew I wanted to make this dress using a denim fabric and was excited when Fabric Mart had a denim sale last month.  I picked up a few yards of this Twilight Dark Wash Cotton/Lycra Stretch Denim Twill 59W.  I love really dark denim and it has some stretch and I think it would be perfect for making a pair of stretch jeans.  I only washed this fabric once and it washed well and did not fade.

Nikki from Beaute’ J’adore paired her dress with knee-high white boots which I really enjoyed.  I paired my dress with a pair of faux snakeskin knee-high boots, and a small purse with some shades.  I feel like this dress could also be dressed down with some sneakers just to run errands or go out to lunch.  If you like a good statement sleeve and an easy make, then I would suggest you give this dress a try.  When looking for fabric, ensure to look for a fabric with some structure to ensure your sleeves stand up.

Until next time!

JOHANNA @soveryjo 

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: COTTON & DENIM.


  1. Beautifully styled and I appreciate the extra interior pics.

  2. Thank you! I usually try to take some photos of the process or try to share something new I learned with each make.


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