I had to do a bit of research to find out what this kind of top is called. I began at my usual starting point (good old google) and tried ‘lazy sleeve’ and then ‘squirrel sleeve’, which revealed the same basic style of top, but for some reason it seems to be mainly used by asians. Interesting. If anyone has an explanation, they are welcome to comment 🙂
The search ‘wide sleeve narrow end‘ lead me to ‘trusty’ Wikipedia page on sleeves. Wikipedia led me to believe that it is called a Dolman sleeve. However, it seems that both the batwing and Dolman sleeve terms are used interchangeably or together. Batwing sleeves are generally not ‘set-in’ sleeves, but rather a continuation of the same piece of fabric as the main body of the top.
To make the heart necklace worn here, follow my tutorial.
Anyway, let’s get down to the fun part of the top.
What you need:
Fabric, 1m should be enough as it just needs to be long enough to get from your shoulder to your hips. (I used a viscose lycra for this one, but any knit or slightly stretchy fabric could work)
The usual sewing stuff (overlocker/sewing machine if no overlocker, thread, scissors, pins)
I used a top that my brother bought for me in Korea as a guide, but if you don’t have one then you can make a rough pattern out of a top that you have and some newsprint. Make sure that it is a top that is fitted around the hips as you want the top to fit a little snug there. Then just draw a line from the one end of the sleeve down to the end of the top to make the batwing.
Fold your fabric double, right sides together and place your guide on top.
Cut around the guide, allowing about 3cm for the seam.