Monday, July 25, 2011

Adding Sleeves to Sleeveless Dress

I think we all ladies know how hard it is to find a cute dress that is modest in length and has sleeves. Yeah, sure.. there is shabby apple. But after getting two dresses from them at $80 a pop, I just don't think I will be buying anything else from them. Don't get me wrong, the dresses look great online, but when you get them, the quality doesn't seem to fit the price.

So, out to the mall I went... In search for a dress for my sisters wedding.
I found this cute dress. I loved the 50's feel to the dress. It was perfect in length, had pockets and was flowy and comfortable.


The straps were thick enough to add sleeves, so I decided to give it a try.



Here is my dress with the cap sleeves I added:


At first, I was planning on going to go and find some matching fabric.
Then I realized that the belt sash was made out of the same fabric as the top portion of the dress. I figured I could somehow use that for the sleeves and use a thin black belt I had in place of the sash:


I took my seam ripper out and ripped opened up the sash, and ironed it flat:

Then I measured my upper arm. Mine was 12 inches around.

Since the sleeve won't be going all the way around the arm (cap sleeve),
I cut the fabric 11 inches long.
My fabric piece for each sleeve ended up being 11X4:


I needed to hem the bottom portion. Fold over twice and iron:



Hem the bottom edge:


Then I needed to cut the rectangles into a half circle like so:




Then finish up the edge.
( I don't have a serger (I asked hubby for one for my birthday.... )
so I just used a small zig zag stitch) :

Next, you need to ruffle the sleeve. Sew along the marked lines:


Use the longest stitch you can:


Ruffle the sleeve:



Next determine where you want the sleeve to start and end (mark with pins):



Pin the middle of the sleeve and spread the ruffles evenly until you get the desired length of the sleeve (pin):

Sew the sleeve on:




Ta Da!!

Now I have a nice dress which I do not have to wear a cardigan over:





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36 comments:

  1. Awesome! Looks so much better with sleeves!

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  2. Bravo!! Great tutorial and I can see myself using it to add cap sleeves to a few dresses I am shy to bare my arms in. Thanks!

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  3. Your sleeve fix turned out great! It looks like it was meant to be that way!

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  4. I love it with the cap sleeves!!! You look lovely!! Thank you for sharing and thanks for linking up to “Help a Momma Out Tuesdays” on our blog!! We appreciate it!

    Kristine
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks great! You can't even tell that it didn't come that way.

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  6. Lovely dress! The sleeves look like they were meant to be that way all along

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  7. Wow, that Is soooo pretty! Good job!
    Abbey
    www.airplanesandpianokeys.com

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  8. This dress was cute before, but I really love the sleeves! Such a clever idea.

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  9. Great refashion! I think it looks way cuter witht he sleeves, and I love how you used the belt. So smart!

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  10. Great job! I love it. Looks smart and sassy too.

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  11. You made that dress 1,000 times cuter!!!! :) It has a completely different look with the sleeves. I like the belt also!

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  12. wow!!!!! love it , now where can I get the pattern?

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  13. You are so talented! It looks like it was bought that way. Completely flawless! Great job!

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  14. i'm just finding this through Pinterest, but I had to say that I love it! You took a cute dress and made it even cuter. You got creative and you look great in the dress. Love the inspiration! :)

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  15. Used this on bridesmaid dresses I'm making for a friend... turned out perfectly! Thanks :)

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  16. That looks amazing. It looks like it came that way. Great job!

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  17. How about 3/4 length sleeves? Have you tried tackling that before? How'd it turn out?

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  18. How about 3/4 length sleeves? Have you tried tackling that before? How'd it turn out?

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  19. simply beautiful and cost effective!

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  20. Wow, sooo much more elegant with your cap sleeves. I'm making a blouse for my sister - the pattern is sleeveless so I found your site when I typed in "how do you...." Thanks, I'll go & finish the top right now!

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  22. Can you just come over and redo some of my dresses for me?!?! LOVE IT! Bobbie

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  23. Wow, awesome dress redo. Inspiring to give it a try! Thanks.
    need a new friend? :)

    Kimmie
    Mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

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  24. Wow, awesome dress redo. Inspiring to give it a try! Thanks.
    need a new friend? :)

    Kimmie
    Mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

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  25. Thanks for the post. I am adding a cap sleeve to my granddaughter's sun dress that I made. This is a helpful tutorial to assist in that process.
    Regina Partain
    http://www.regina-atthelake.blogspot.com

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  26. this looks amazing - such a fantastic job you have done... now to pull out some items i've been hiding in my closet :)

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  27. Thank you for this! I found the perfect dress for my niece's wedding this weekend and now I need to add cap sleeves. I hope mine turns out as cute as yours.

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  28. Nice creativity...!! All this tips are very useful... Thanks for sharing all this information with us...

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  32. Super! The dress looks heaps better with those gorgeous sleeves :)

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  33. It looks very good, and I have a quick question? If you were to do this with a prom dress with Spaghetti straps, would you do it the same way?

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