Adding Sleeves? Would it look stupid?

posted 4 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
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134 posts
Blushing bee

I think that ordering the matching lace to add the sleeves would be perfect!  I am doing the same thing with my dress. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I had thought about doing this because even though I’m thin I feel like my arms are big. And with working out before the wedding I felt like they were even bigger. I look at some of my pictures and wish I would have done it. But, my alterations were over $600 because I had a difficult bustle and I removed a keyhole back to make it all open. It would have cost over $400 per yard of my lace and then who knows how much for the seamstress to add them.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

wathenwedding17 :  Um… gorgeous!!! And yeah, sleeves would look great on your dress because it already has the wide shoulder.

As for matching lace, any good seamstress will only need 1/4 to 1/3 a yard of double scallop (scalloped on both edges of the fabric when laid out), if it’s not double scallop instead just single, then they need 1/2 to 1 full yard. Small note – they may only be able to by the fabric by the yard, in which case demand they give you the unused amount – you can sell it and they won’t get to charge another bride a full yard and use yours. Just like they won’t be able to do that to you.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

wathenwedding17 :  I paid only $90 for one yard.  My seamstress quoted me around $400.00, but that’s because i am having it hemmed to ballerina length in the front wit the train, the extra fabric on bodice, the sleeves, plus whatever other alterations i will need.  I say do it. if you do not do it, you will wish you did.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Is that you in the photo? Because you look amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Yeah, I totally had to just pin your inspo dress. Two weeks to my David’s bridal appointment, 6 weeks until my private dress shop experience.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

wathenwedding17 :  You should be able to order the lace, it’s a fairly standard request for sleeves, extra details, and even some brides buy it for their viels to match. As for finding a similar lace, there are a number of online retailers you could browse through, I suggest starting here: http://www.housefabric.com/Bridal-Lace-C25.aspx

Also, do you have a fabric store near you, not a Joanns, but an independent store? My concern with finding a premade bolero is that you won’t have as many options as searching for the fabic itself. Your seamstress should also be able to help in this search if the lace is unavailable from the manufacturing house.

Hope that helps!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

wathenwedding17 :  I do think you’ll have a much easier time finding the lace or a near identical one much easier than finding a bolero that has already been fabricated. Although boleros are getting rather popular, they are often not made to match a specific dress. If there is one that does match, the sleeve head may be the wrong size and not fit the armsythe of your dress, or the sleeve is too long and there isn’t enough of the edging to go around the upper arm because of the taper to the lower arm.

Definitely call the shop. Many dresses stocked in bridal boutiques come with infomation to the shop owners, such as time for production, skirt length maxs and mins, and other customizing information; which sometimes includes the availablity of extra fabric that can be ordered separately. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

ginniesueneverblue :  I agree with Ginnie.  And I am not sure, but a lot of the designers will add sleeves.  It just happens that mine does not.  They offered to sell any number of the fabrics and even appliques to me for my seamstress though.  I know that it costs a bit more money but you will be happy beyond happy. 

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