Seamstress?? Alterations?? Can I take the sleeves off this dress!? Help!!!

posted 7 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

oh my that’s gorgeous 

sorry not a seamstress! It does look very delicate, if hope someone could remove sleeves but I wonder if that’s all? 

The sleeves look beautiful though I get it if it’s not your style

Post # 3
500 posts
Busy bee

Not a seamstress either, that dress looks beautiful on you though! I actually think it looks pretty with the sleeves. However, what you’re imagining doesn’t seem like it would be too complicated…the sleeves look like they could probably be removed at the seams (although if some of that lace appliqué on the shoulders hangs over, that may be an issue?). Still not a seamstress, but I would think that when they line it maybe the neckline could be modified into more of a scoop…. no idea how much that would all cost, but I’m sure not anywhere near what you’re saving from the original cost of the dress. Good luck OP!

Post # 4
12032 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

seeemilysing :  I actually think the sleeves (as in, the whole front and sleeve section, you can obviously take just the sleeves off) are pretty integral to the design, but have you tried pinning the shoulder seam up an inch or two?

It looks like it would look totally different at the right height on your body. You can see that is too long and low on you by where it’s hitting on the waist and chest area. 

It’s a *gorgeous* dress on you!

Post # 5
9063 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Can you send the photos to a few seamstresses and see what they think?

I would think the sleeves could be removed, but you would still need the illusion netting or whatever across the top and back to keep the structure of the dress.

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee

If you just remove the sleeves then then I’m afraid there’s not enough support for the bodice as there is no back panel whatsoever (from what I can see). The little strip covering your shoulder blades seems a bit too delicate on it’s own. Then there is also the lace detail on top of the shoulder – if it’s extending over to the top of the sleeve then it would also need modifications.

An option would be to add some back side panels, like peekaboo back wedding dresses have. Then you’d still have an open back, just a bit less than now.

Post # 7
3952 posts
Honey bee

Disclosure: Not a seamstress.  I just hang out with a couple.

The top of the dress doesn’t look like it has enough structure to support the changes you are proposing without drastic alteration.  To my eye at least.  Your best bet is to actually walk into a local alterations shop and ask.  Even if you find someone who is a seamstress here telling you it can be done, it only matters if you can find someone local enough and in your budget who thinks it can be done and has the talent to accomplish it because this requires some actual redesign – it isn’t just hemming, sewing in some cups, and attaching some loops for a bustle.

I would probably just learn to love the dress as is (lots of people end up in dresses different than they originally pictured) or keep looking.  Dresses aren’t really that unique for the most part.  I’m sure you’ll find plenty with the features you love about this dress combined with the other features you like.

Post # 8
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

seeemilysing :  you could certainly take the sleeves off. How much you can lower the front, however, is questionable. The dress honestly looks like it has no structure at all and is quite sheer to boot! This means that the dress can’t provide you with enough support, but wearing undergarments for support is also out. I think that unless you’re willing to line the bodice of the dress and add boning to it, then this just isn’t a great pick (though it’s lovely looking). 

Post # 10
2340 posts
Buzzing bee

Beautiful dress!

I’m not a seamstress but I do sew a bit.  I’m concerned that removing the sleeves would leave the dress without the support/structure needed to hold up the bodice.

Granted, I also think the sleeves are gorgeous and it wouldn’t look as good sleeveless.  

Post # 11
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Not a seamstress but agree with other bees about no sleeves might mean there isn’t enough support to hold up bodice. Maybe a modified sleeve is the answer if the sleeves help support the bodice.  I think that’s doable. Just a suggestion. The dress is beautiful.

Post # 12
3833 posts
Honey bee

Beautiful dress and I have no expertise to offer regading the sleeves but just wondering what support (if any) the dress offers your bosums if you don’t wear a bra (which you obviusly can’t wear given the backlessness)?  Would that end up being a problem?

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