Show me the strapless dress that you added cap sleeves to!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did! I had the same issue – I found a dress I loved, but felt much more comfortable with sleeves. Mine wasn’t lace, but hopefully it will help you get an idea.

I asked my seamstress to add the sleeves at the first alterations meeting. She had a pattern she’d used before, but asked me to pick up the material (stretch tulle if I remember right) to be sure the color matched. That would be even more of an issue with lace – I’d make sure you can find matching, or at least coordinating lace, to make the sleeves out of. She then added on the edging detail to make them look more like they “belonged” to the dress. Overall I was super happy with how it turned out!


Post # 4
999 posts
Busy bee


MountainView:  magazinegirl37:  As for coordinating lace (this will be my problem as well, as I have a beaded lace dress that I want to add straps/sleeves to), the best advice I’ve heard is to use the actual lace from the dress. Since my dress is too long for me and will require hemming, the person at the bridal shop suggested using what is cut off in order to hem it to make the sleeves I want.

Post # 5
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015


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These aren’t attached properly yet but this is what I’m having. My dress is all lace xx

Post # 6
990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Mine is a chiffon strapless dress…here it is with cap sleeves pinned to it at the bridal salon (I haven’t decided whether to go with something like this or to have lace instead)

Post # 8
775 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens


I don’t think these quite qualify as cap sleeves, but I had wide straps added to my dress. The woman who did my alterations had spaghetti straps that matched perfectly – so we used those first, and then added three layers of the swiss dot tulle from the overskirt when I had it hemmed to the right length.

Post # 10
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
Post # 11
604 posts
Busy bee

I’m adding cap sleeves to my dress!  I was debating between straps or stapless, and then the shop ended up having cap sleeves made by the same designer of my dress in stock!  And I really liked them.  I’m still considering having them attached by buttons and then going strapless for the reception, but I like them and I paid for them so I’m thinking I might as well wear them the whole day.  (I’d be happy to hear any opinions on that decision!)

Here is a picture with them laid on my shoulder, we haven’t attached them yet:

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