Need dress advice: Arm sleeves too tight

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

whitney.fletcher1:  Hmmm, I am not a seamstress, nor am I sure if this is an easy fix or not, but my thought is that your arms would be restricted – no matter how big the arm hole is – IF you keep the fabric under the dress uniform to the sleeve (as pictured).  That fabric under the lace looks pretty structured, so as you raise your arms, the entire dress will move up with you.  Perhaps, if you remove that fabric, and just keep the cap sleeve lace, then it will be more functional/less restricted for arm movements?!  Just my .02 cents 🙂

Post # 3
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

PP has a great suggestion.  I was going to say take the sleeves off.  

Beautiful dress.  

Post # 4
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

whitney.fletcher1:  beautiful dress! i’m not a seamstress but i have worked in the bridal/formal industry as well as done pageants for my entire life so i know my way around an alterations shop, haha. it depends on the material, and the skill level of your seamstress– she MIGHT be able to let the shoulders out a little to give you some more room, but if the boddess already fits perfectly (aside from the sleeves), then that might not be the best move.

if you’re open to having more of a fluttery sleeve (as opposed to structured), see if she could remove the lining and leave it just lace. still give the effect of that gorgeous lace, but without the restriction of the lining (which is attached to the rest of the bodice). 

Post # 5
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Sometimes seamstresses can open up the armhole a little bit, depending on the cut of the dress… But I think most sleeves that are in a woven (as opposed to knit/ stretchy) material would restrict movement in that way. My experience in woven dresses with sleeves is that if I lift my arms up, the whole dress shifts; you’re just not supposed to move that way, I guess! I’d take it to an experienced seamstress to get a second opinion and see if she thinks anything can be done to help. Good luck! 

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