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The wine sleeve turned out pretty well, I think.

Thoughts about how to do this have been rolling around in my head for a couple of weeks and in the end, I was pretty pleased with how it came together.  The "suit sleeve" is repurposed: I cut it off the jacket and took in the underarm seam so it was a snug fit on the bottle.  The "shirt sleeve" is made for the bottle.  I did look at dress shirts in second-hand stores, but the cuffs show wear and dirt and it would be hard to alter it to be the right size and still look good.  You can't really see the cuff very well in the photo because of the sun - oops.

The bottom of the suit sleeve is wider than the top and it is longer than the shirt sleeve.  To get the slouchy look at the bottom, I gathered the bottom of the suit sleeve and sewed it to a circle the same size as the shirt sleeve bottom.  I sewed the two bottoms together in the seam allowances.

This project was requested by the shop owner (I think I'll call her "S" from now on) that I sew some other things for.  I showed it to her yesterday and she was really excited about it and wants a few more (and some Christmas stockings, but we'll save that for another time).  I'll write up better instructions with construction photos when I do the next one - as much for my own reference as anyone else's.  (But feel free to use them if you want).  I've been surprised how often I look things up on my own blog.  It's been helpful when I can't remember how I did something - which is much too often.

I also brought my other samples to the second shop owner (she'll be known as "M" from now on).  She liked the tea towels, but didn't know how many would sell as the final price would be $18.00.  But, she would like me to make four (two with a Christmas theme and two other) and see how it goes.  That sounded good to me.  The terry cloth soap bag seemed like a better option to her, but she said she would be willing to have some of the knitted ones out if I would like her to.  I think I'll just do the terry ones.  She seems like another great person to work with and I'm pretty excited about these possibilities.


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