Adding organza sleeves to sleeveless dress

shinyredthingsJune 1, 2011

Hi sewing people. I need a little assistance - I'm hoping to add sleeves to a sleeveless wedding dress, using silk organza. They will be fitted sleeves, and come to just below the elbow. Should I cut them on the straight grain or on the bias? And how much extra fabric should I add onto my upper arm measurement to make sure they are fitted but don't tear? With thanks.

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organza will be less likely to tear if you use French seams.As for "fitted but not too tight" the wearer's comfort will be the determining factor.

I see a drawback with your project, though. Sleeveless dresses aren't just dresses without sleeves. The Shoulder area is actually cut narrower than a style that has sleeves.

Good luck with your project!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 1:36AM
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I agree with eva, the shoulder area is cut narrower on a sleeveless dress.

You may want to consider making a shrug or bolero from the organza instead.

As far as cutting the sleeves, I would do this on the straight grain, as you don't want them to stretch out of shape, especially if you are using genuine silk organza.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 3:54PM
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