(Closed) Should I add sleeves to this dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Your pics don’t seem to be coming through …

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Can you post the dress name/style #? Your pictures don’t appear to be working… 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I think sleeves would look nice, but are certainly not needed. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The straps are cute, and would probably go with your dress. They’re definitely not necessary, but if it makes you feel better I don’t think they would look bad.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I like it the way it is, im not a fan of those kind of sleeves. but you could try and see how it looks 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

What a lovely dress! I think it will be gorgeous either way.

I, too, really prefer sleeves, and I think nowadays when the overwhelming majority of gowns out there are strapless, sleeves automatically make you look more unique.

What I would recommend is, once you get the dress, take it to a seamstress and ask her to do a mock-up of what you’re thinking of. Basically, you would have her cut the pieces out of some inexpensive tulle fabric and pin them in place so you can try the gown on and see what you think. If you are happy with how the sleeves make it look, then you can go ahead, get the real fabric you want and have the alterations done with confidence that you will love the result. If you decide, after seeing the mock-up, that you aren’t thrilled with how they look, she can just remove the pins.

It will cost you a little bit for her time and the tulle, but I’d say that’s money worth spending in order to know what the outcome will be before you decide. For the sleeves you are looking at, too, it would be extremely simple to make a mock-up – that would basically just involve cutting a long, straight piece of tulle, gathering it and pinning it into place. If you wanted a more elaborate sleeve that required more cutting and fitting, a mock-up might cost a bit more, but it should be really easy to do one for these.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I did not click on the link, full disclosure. But I wanted to pop onto this thread and tell you that I always envisioned being married in sleeves too, and I added some to my gown. I don’t regret it whatsoever. I loved them, and wished more dresses had the option.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I think if you did a sleeve you might want to redue the size of hte flower…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not sure that type of sleeve would work with your dress. You’d need to talk to a seamstress about if you could do it. 

I’m adding sleeves to my dress, so I get where you’re coming from. All the sleeved dresses I liked were in the $3-4k range, and my budget was more like $1k including alterations.  I got my dress at DB for $500, then after a few false starts finding the matching lace (that might still not work out, I’m waiting for my last-ditch effort order to come in from China), found out it’ll cost about $350 in alterations (which is sleeves from scratch, taking in the top, hem, and bustle).  And after talking to my seamstress, I have a backup plan if the lace doesn’t match when it comes in (chiffon, then adding a chiffon sash).  So while I’m a fan of the idea in theory, you need to figure something out that will work with your dress.

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