Refashion: Adding Sleeves to a Dress


I was perusing Target and I just could not help but buy the perfect nursing dress. I fell in love with the striped print and the amazing cross front neckline. The only catch? It didn't have sleeves.

Guess what? I bought it anyway.


Luckily, the hemline was about 3 inches longer than I needed it to be. I trimmed the hem and used what I salvaged to make sleeves.

And let me tell you, I love this dress. I will be wearing it all summer long.





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16 comments:

  1. I love your refashions! I've been re-fashioning and sewing for years and have picked up some good tips from your tutorials! I made both the scallop hem skirt and the reduced rise pants(something I had been trying to figure out for a while)from your instructions. Another way to sort-of make sleeves on this type of dress (and something I have done many times) is to buy it way to big and then just take it in under the arms/bodice. The shoulder seam then hangs down your arm cap-sleeve style! And for tall ladies such as myself, this has the added benefit of moving the waist seam down the torso and increasing the length (due to the larger size). yay!

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    1. I love love love the idea of taking something large in to make a sleeve. I think this idea would be especially beneficial at Old Navy. The larger sizes always have the best stuff on clearance!

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  2. Nice work! I would not've known what to do with those stripes. Yours looks fantastic!

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  3. I wouldn't have thought to do something like that!! Smart!

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  4. Wow! What a great refashion!

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  5. Super cute, I like it better with the sleeves!

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  6. I am nursing too and I have 3 of these dresses from Target! They had some different colors earlier this spring and was thrilled when I saw the striped one's last week (I went with the navy stripe). Love what you did with the sleeve!

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  7. Awesome! Going to have to try it.

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  8. I can't believe this, you're a genius!!!!!

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  9. so impressed! love the cute and colorful stripes!! i love re-fashioning something!!

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  10. Great idea. Did you rehem the bottom of the dress? I can't tell from the pic.

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    1. I haven't yet, but I need to. I was just so excited to wear the dress!

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  11. Super cute! I saw this dress in the ad for this week! I wish I was short enough to cut off the hem!

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  12. So I need to do this same thing to a dress I recently thrifted. I was wondering though, what sleeve pattern did you use? Did you draft one up yourself? Any tips or tricks when it comes to that?

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  13. I've been too intimidated to try this on a few of my items for work. If you ever do a full tutorial, I'd love you forever.

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