Carmen
Savvy August 2020

Adding Sleeves to Wedding Dress?

Carmen, on May 12, 2019 at 7:16 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 19
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Hey y’all! So I found my dress! Yay! However, I’m very self conscious about my arms and my chest area. I don’t want to be completely covered, but I do want to be slightly more covered. Is it possible for sleeves to be added?

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Latest activity by Kellie Martinez, on August 9, 2019 at 11:33 AM
  • Sandicomm
    Dedicated May 2019
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    Hi there! Yes, you can certainly add sleeves to your dress but it will be a bit of work. I think you should take out the cups and get the bust taken in. Since the seamstress will have to open the lining to do that anyway, s/he can add illusion netting to the décolletage, as well as a sleeve. It’s a beautiful dress and it fits you perfectly otherwise. Congrats!
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  • KiwiDerbyBride
    VIP May 2015
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    Yes you could, but it might be more cost-effective (and easier) to find a topper.

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  • Clíodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
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    Hi Carmen Smiley smile

    Congratulations on finding your dress! It looks beautiful!

    If you’re interested in adding sleeves, I would bring it to a seamstress and discuss your options with them and see how much work it would involve.

    Alternatively, as the previous poster mentioned, you could add a dress topper. This wouldn’t require any alteration work and could be a more cost-effective option.

    Do you have a seamstress picked already for your other dress alterations?

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  • Carmen
    Savvy August 2020
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    Thank you!! And I haven’t picked anyone out yet because our wedding is so far off. We aren’t getting married until next August, so I wanted to wait a little while.
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  • Kellie Martinez
    Super October 2019
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    I private messaged you because I did this! My dress store ordered the fabric and they're adding the sleeves for me! The picture I sent you is with fake sleeves they had me try on but they're similar to what I am doing. Smiley smile

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  • Victorian Bride
    Master February 2022
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    It'd like to see your sleeves, please. My seamstress wants $1000.00 too put sleeves on my strapless gown. I may leave it strapless, wear opera length gloves, and/or just get a stole, but in December, I may need more. Lol!
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  • Clíodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
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    That makes sense Smiley smile

    When you do decide to start the alternations and find a seamstress you would like to work with, I would definitely discuss it with them and see what can be done! They're typically experienced in making big alterations like this and in the best position to advise if it will work!

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  • Kellie Martinez
    Super October 2019
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    Okay I will PM you the same links to the picture I have before and after I tried on the fabric for my seamstress. Smiley smile

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  • Sara
    Expert June 2019
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    Sure! I'd look into adding cap sleeves. You can also have cups sewn in. If you stick with no sleeves, you can sometimes have an "internal corset" added as an inside layer, to help hold everything up.

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  • Carmen
    Savvy August 2020
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    I think I’ve found a local place to do it. They specialize in customization, so I just need to reach out.
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  • Clíodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
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    That's great news! Let us know how the consultation goes Smiley smile

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  • Lily
    Just Said Yes September 2019
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    Something like bolero , you can find not expensive ones and take it off if you want later. Check on wish.com or aliexress .
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  • Tammy
    Dedicated May 2019
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    I had sleeves added to my dress...they came out beautiful and I could actually unsnap them if I want to go back to strapless. My seamstress only charged $100 for the sleeves, adding the belt a small hem and bustle.

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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Hey Carmen!! How is your dress looking? Was your seamstress able to add sleeves to your dress? It's so beautiful!!

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  • Carmen
    Savvy August 2020
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    Hi! I still haven’t gotten my dress altered yet. We are getting married August 2020 and I’m working on losing a significant amount of weight. So, I’m not really sure when to reach out to a seamstress.
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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    I sew and have done a number of dress and dress pant alterations (I would never touch my own dress though because I would be a nervous wreck). You can add sleeves but it will run up and my one concern would be tying it all together because of the binding on your dress and the difference in fabric you will be bound to see. I would definitely look into a seamstress asap to give them ample time to find the perfect things to add to make it all flow better. Also gives you time to get the money for the alterations because again it could be quite costly... Otherwise its a beautiful dress and I think you look beautiful in it. I love your skirt on this dress is so dreamy!!!! You also look so happy!

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  • Tammy
    Dedicated May 2019
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    I had swag sleeves added to my dress that were removable with snaps. They came out beautiful and I was able to remove them for dancing.

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  • Gabby
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    Hey!!! Would you mind sending me how your dress looks with sleeves? Smiley smile I want to do something similar but I'm curious to see how it looks before committing to buying the dress!

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  • Kellie Martinez
    Super October 2019
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    Okay PM you

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