Post # 1
I posted a few months ago about my dress regret experience.
The bridal store is going to allow me to exchange my dress for something different but I am afraid I wont find anything I like.
I guess one of the reasons I am mostly unsure about my dress now is because my arms are super flabby after a 100+ lbs weightloss, despite all the toning workouts I do. I feel super insicure with regards to my arms and I am considering possibly adding long illusion sleeves to this dress. However not sure if a seamstress could somehow make it work since the dress does have a cap sleeve.
Would the seamstress remove or cut the cap sleeve?
Any ladies with knowlwdge or tips that can help a sister out?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
jellybean86 : tbh, sleeves tend to make arms look bigger. I know it’s counter intuitive, but if you hate your arms I’d go strapless.
Post # 3
jellybean86 : your dress looks great on you!
Cap sleeves are hard to wear, so they could either be cut and you have bare arms or you could have sheer sleeves added, which would probably help show off your toning and take care of anything you’re self-conscious about. I love a sheer sleeve for arms, they are very flattering.
but, your arms look great in this pic, so I’m just going off of your feelings not what I’m seeing:-)
Post # 4
Like PP said, sleeves actually draw attention to your arms. It makes no sense, I know, but that’s how it goes.
Personally, I would remove the cap sleeve and just have the straps – easily done too. But, you are the one who needs to feel amazing in this dress, so if having a sleeve will do that for you, then go for it. A seamstress will need to remove the cap sleeve entirely then make a full sleeve from scratch. I recommend asking her to remove some of the lace appliques from the skirt in a couple unnoticeable locations so she can apply them to sleeves and tie them together. That way, it will look like part of the dress and not just tacked on.
Post # 5
I think you look gorgeous! If you’re insistent on adding a sleeve then I’d only go for a part length mesh sleeve. But I don’t think it will help your predicament. Your arms are what you have – be proud of beginning healthier! Well done to you.
I’d loosen the hair though (I know that’s not your trial).
Post # 6
I think your dress would look great with long sleeves. A thousand people may tell you that your arms look fine (and they do) but if you have a thing about your arms then I think you will feel better with a sleeve.
It’s a BEAUTIFUL dress. Very timeless.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t put sleeves on that.
Post # 8
jellybean86 : I think you’d be better off getting a complimentary bolero, then you have the option of taking it off if you get warm.
Post # 9
I honestly think your arms look fine but I know what it’s like to be self conscious about something! If you do add sleeves, consider three quarter length to end (when your arms are by your side) at the your narrowest point (ie your lovely little waist!). This was something that the bridal boutique I got my dress at pointed out and it makes such a difference, drawing the eye to your waist!
Post # 10
I agree with observer : and bellabobies :your arms look fine but you are the one who needs to be happy . I think 3/4 length sheer sleeves, maybe with an edging of lace the bottom would look great. The cap sleeves you presently have are not particularly flattering , but I disagree that sleeves always make arms look look bigger, usually only those which cut at the widest point do.
Or a bolero as has also been suggested . Both options would need the cap sleeves to be removed . Also imho, the neckline would look even better widened to a more bateau style , or even off-the-shoulder.
PS well done you on a masterful weight loss journey!
Post # 11
Lol. I have to say lke so many bees – you look wonderful – the dress is flattering and your arms look fine but I do respect and understand it is how you feel. To be honest almost anything can be altereed and refashioned if you want to spend the money They could remove or reduce eh cap sleeves and add illusion – I woudl try to add some lace or something to tie the dress together or add soem beading osr soemthing to the dress and sleeves that tied them together.
I agree a bolero style jacket might be an option or even overshirt idea with very stylized sleeves would look wonderful. (like a seethrough blouse or again bolero. If you find it too expensive long gloves sometimes can help disguise this kind of issue – though again I don’t see a problem.
You need to be confident – you truly do look lovely in this dress regardless of your decision.
Post # 12
I echo the PPs that say sleeves make ones arms look bigger. I have been training for 25+ years and i am pretty fit, cap sleeves make my arms look terrible, bigger than they are and bulky. I HATE cap sleeves and avoid them at all costs. I think you should remove the caps to make it “sleeveless” or halter style. I think the dress looks great on you!!