I wanted one that I could close the sleeves with a draw string and one that would be off the shoulder. It is about mid calf length but I have plenty of the material left to put a deep ruffle on it if I want it floor length. OK, here we go.
Take your length of fabric and wrap it around your bust 1 and 1/2 times. If you want floor length make sure the width is long enough to reach the floor from your shoulders. This is your body piece. For your arm you need two pieces that are long enough to reach from your neckline to your wrist, plus hem allowance, and wide enough to go around your arm comfortably. Clear (yeah, I know, as mud).
Now take your body piece and fold it in 1/2 lengthwise, then in half again. From the corner measure out 6 inches across the top and then down the length (or if you are generously proportioned like I am, 8 inches). Cut that corner off. Then, with the fold of the sleeve at the top, match up the sleeve bottom and cut a matching line.
|The body is on the bottom and the sleeve is on the top right.|
|Sleeve pinned on.|
|Sleeve sewn on.|
|Sew side seam up to sleeve.|
|Turn the piece and sew up the sleeve.|
|Sleeve without the side seam.|
Just trust me. Even with weird gathers, because it is either elastic neck or drawstring it comes out looking good. Just remember to leave an opening for which ever you choose to be fed through.
|Pinning the neckline.|
|Don't mind the bra strap. See it looks right.|
|You can't even see the weird gathers.|
|I wanted drawstring arms.|