Post # 1
Hi everyone! This is my first real post other than commenting. I just want to say I really enjoy weddingbee.com. Everyone here is so helpful! 😀
I have been looking at wedding dresses online, but have not really been into any stores yet. I have found a few a like however, I really want a dress with short sleeves (above the 3/4 length). I am plus size and I’ve never really been to keen on showing my upper arms.
I found this dress tonight. I really love the sleeves on it and the corset back. However, the closest dress shop that sells this is 2.5 hours away.
I was wondering if any of you have had sleeves added to your dress or have any experience in alterations.
I was thinking that maybe I could find a dress similar to it and just have someone add some sleeves like the ones in the photo.
It seems like it would be pretty easy to do?
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
i would imagine that those kind of sleeves could be added to virtually any strapless dress. you would just need to add a bit of bunched up tulle or something. Make sure to ask when you buy your dress, but I really don’t think it would be too difficult at all. Good luck!
Post # 4
I would suggest going to a dress store in your area and show them this picture – ask if they have any dresses that are similar to this. Like the PP stated, you can easily add some fabric to a strapless dress to create the sleeves. I specifically did not want a strapless dress but every store I went to suggested that I try them on anyway, because they could be easily altered to have cap sleeves, spaghetti straps, etc. aded.
Post # 5
I got my dress from David’s Bridal- like you I didn’t want my arms showing.
They actually sell a variety of pre-made sleeves that you just stitch on to the dress.
You can see them here:
Post # 6
@ rosychicklet Does David’s sell the sleeves even if you didn’t purchase your gown there? I purchased a strapless dress from Running of the Brides a couple of weeks ago and I love the 3/4 length style from Davids.
Post # 7
I do some sewing myself, so I know for a fact that adding sleeves like those are a cinch. You should be able to find any strapless dress and add sleeves like that.
I had my high school grad dress custom made by a seamstress friend. She added sleeves kind of like that but also with them trailing down to my finger tips for me. It took her literally an hour from measurement of my arms to cutting the fabric and sewing it together.
I plan on doing the same thing for my wedding dress (adding the sleeves, I mean). I’m a bit over weight, but from my mother’s genes, the first place my fat goes is my upper arms and thighs, so even she says I need sleeves. I’m planning on little cap sleeves (BTW, a lot of dresses come with attachable/detachable cap sleeves now too) or 3 quarter length sleeves on my dress. Otherwise, I might go for a shawl since mine’s an Autumn wedding anyways.
Post # 8
@ nurseheather- I purchased the sleeves seperately from my dress, so I believe the answer is yes.
Post # 9
Hi! I had sleeves added to my gown and since I am a curvy girl I also had some material added to my bust area to give me more coverage. I too have never been “into” showing my upper arms! 😉
Post # 10
thanks for posting that pic! this is exactly what im looking for to show my seamstress! I want the same thing