Post # 1
Some of y’all have been through this with me from a few months ago. My apologies!
Okay, so, I always wanted a dress with sleeves but gave up on that when I actually started shopping and realized I couldn’t find what I had in mind and what was in my price range.
So I found and bought my dress which I LOVE and it’s perfect except for the fact that it’s sleeveless. So I always knew I’d be altering it a bit.
I am going to give it a sweetheart neckline so consider that when you consider how it will look finished. I thought I had the sleeve thing figured out; I bought what is actually lingerie, it’s a little crop top that is off the shoulder lace. I figured I’d have it cut and sewn inside the bodice and it would peek out and give it a lace edging and the little sleeves. I even tried it on under the dress and it looks okay. I was happy with it. Now, when I look at the pics I took I am not so sure… it doesn’t look fancy enough for me (the fabric0 and I am thinking I’d rather spend a bit more and have a seamstress put on a lace or sheer or embroidered sleeve.
I am also thinking I’d prefer longer, maybe 3/4 or full even, but definitely I want off the shoulder. I didn’t want to cover my tattoos on my left arm but lately I don’t care much either way.
So here is a pic of the dress (altered in paint to make it a sweetheart):
Here is a pic of the dress on me with the little lace thing underneath (just top of the dress):
And here are examples of types of sleeves I’m considering / sleeves I like on other dresses:
As you have probably guessed, I REALLY like the flared / bell sleeve thing.
What I’m wondering is if y’all think this will mesh well with my dress at the hands of a good tailor or seamstress? I am not worried about the lace ‘matching’ perfectly. I just want off the shoulder and romantic.
Post # 3
ANy opinions on how these possible sleeves would look on my dress?
Post # 4
I think it would look really nice with your dress. Any good seamstress should be able to add a sleeve with very little problem, and you can find some good quality lace at a fabric store. I’ve thought about going this route myself, but without the bell on the sleeve. (I’m sort of obsessed with the sleeves on Ivanka Trump’s wedding dress.) I’d love to see how it turns out if you do it! Godd luck!
Post # 5
I like the look of the full lace, off the shoulder sleeves like pictures 3, 4 and 5. I think you could pull it off with that dress, even if you decided to have the bell sleeves.
Post # 6
@MariaTorres: Wow, I missed that great post! Thanks for all the info. It’s very helpful!
@zippylef: Thanks for the input. As I am ridiculous when it comes to making up my mind (seriously, I needed a 2 year engagement JUST for that reason!), I am now thinking of scrapping the entire sleeve idea and just getting a dang bolero and calling it done. After all, the first dress I fell in love with (but nixed due to cost) had a very similar look as a bolero would give; fully covered back (lace) with short sleeves. And I am very very hot natured, maybe I should stay away from long sleeves? Plus, a bolero can be had for around $50 and I won’t have to go fabric shopping. So that’s where I’m leaning lately anyway… but you’ve seen my back and forth posts on EVERY subject so far so yeah. The only reason I’m not a 2 or 3 or 4 dress bride is because I don’t have the money! lol
I have officially reached the point in my planning where I want to be 100% finished with anything apparel related so i can wrap up other crucial stuff and I don’t want to decide things based on feeling rushed but hell, that’s what’s happening!
I still want my sweetheart neckline though!
Post # 7
Definitely have a seamstress do it for you, I think it’ll look great! Let us know what you decide!