Post # 1
I bought a dress at the local Goodwill for $30 yesterday (marked $60, but I got it at half price…yay!). I love it, but the short sleeves are a little tight. Has anyone successfully altered your dress at home (without a lot of sewing experience)? I’d like to just remove the sleeves, or possibly make them into cap sleeves. If you have successfully made this alteration on your own, please let me know how it went, the process you used, etc. (pictures would be great). The pictures aren’t great, but it gives you an idea of what I’m working with. The sleeves could be taken off and it just left as a sleeveless dress, but I’d really rather have cap sleeves than nothing. Is it possible?
Post # 3
@aimhoof: If you don’t have a lot of sewing experience, I would consider taking it into a seamstress. I understand trying to save money, but wedding dresses are really fragile and should really only be touched by a professional or if you’re very experienced at sewing.
It’s such a beautiful dress, it’d be awful to bugger it up!
Post # 4
They kind of already look like cap sleeves, so I might consider cutting out the top and sewing in a trianglular piece of fabric, similar to the way you would make your own bellbottoms out of regular jeans.
Post # 5
The sleeves already appear to be cap sleeve to me.You can add a gusset in the underarm area. This isn;t the easiest thing to do for a non sewer. Do you have someone who could do this for you?
You have to open up the underarm seam and add the triangular or diamond shaped piece of fabric. You may or may not be able to get the fabric from the hem of the dress or from any other alterations. If not, you can buy something similar as it will only show if you lift your arms over your head.
Post # 6
The problem is, I live in a super small town and the nearest seamstress that will work on wedding dresses is around 100 miles away. I have a friend who said if we can come up with a plan she will work on it for me.
Also, the pictures aren’t great…the sleeves actually come about midway between my shoulder and elbow.