Post # 1
My gown is a Casablanca sleeveless ballgown, which is completely not what I saw myself in; I’ve coveted the keyhole lace backs since even before we got engaged. That said, I’m still way more comfortable with sleeves. The boutique where I purchased my dress said they could make “decorative” sleeves for my dress, but that they wouldn’t be functional… which I didn’t quite get. In the meantime I’ve found the Mori Lee 1959 gown, which would have been too poofy for my frame but has attachable straps that I’ve fallen in loooove with.
My dress has a lace underlay and the boutique has ordered extra lace to make the sleeves, but I was wondering if there’s any seamstresses out there that could give me an idea of if making something like this is possible, and maybe getting some price estimates? It’s a small enough piece and when I saw this dress in store, the sleeves attached with those little metal… clips… clearly I have no idea what I’m talking about.
Any ideas? 🙂
Post # 3
I’m not a seamstress by profession (so I can’t quote you), but I make dresses frequently and I could add that onto a strapless dress. The ‘clips’ you’re talking aboubt would probably be hooks and eyes, in case you want to describe them to a seamstress.
As your dress is already designed to be strapless, any straps you add are going to be primarily decorative (as the dress won’t rely on them in any way) however they will give you the comfort of straps that you are after.
Also keep in mind the above dress has quite a low back, if the back of your dress is straight it would look very different.
Post # 4
@SweetCherryPie: I’m totally out of it due to a head cold and just realized that I should bump this topic because I didn’t think anybody had responded, when I realized you had!! Thanks so much for taking the time 🙂 🙂
Your explanation of the “decorative” straps makes waaay more sense the way you explained it. I was thinking when the bridal boutique said any straps would be decorative and non-functional, that they meant that they wouldn’t really work as straps/sleeves, but now I understand what they meant; that the dress is already built to stay up without the sleeves! That makes a lot of sense.
And my dress has a similar back (at least, I think it does, looking at the model photos!) so I thought it would work in a similar way.
Post # 5
@MrsRevolutionize: That’s such a pretty dress! And, yes, I think that back is very similar to the other one.