(Closed) Wedding dress help needed (regarding alterations/sleeves)

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
380 posts
Helper bee

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 # 6
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ 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
42 posts

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
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

@ nurseheather- I purchased the sleeves seperately from my dress, so I believe the answer is yes.

Post # 9
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

thanks for posting that pic! this is exactly what im looking for to show my seamstress! I want the same thing

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