I wanted to post a tutorial on how to insert sleeves into a sleeveless dress because it's totally easy to do (even if you're not the most skilled seamstress) and can make any dress a stand-out piece. You can do this with most sleeveless dresses, as long as the edge of the fabric comes closer to the shoulder than the neck.
For this dress, I cut out bell sleeves on the bias to make the edges extra fluttery...and flutter sleeves are romantic and sort of ethereal...especially when constructing them of layered chiffon.
For this dress, I cut out bell sleeves on the bias to make the edges extra fluttery...and flutter sleeves are romantic and sort of ethereal...especially when constructing them of layered chiffon. I used three colors of chiffon and made the top two layers out of the cream fabric.
Cut out the longest layer first, then use that as your pattern for the top layers. Each layer is one inch shorter than the previous layer. I also cut this out on the bias rather than with the grain to give the edges a bit more flutter.
Since you're sewing the sleeves into an already finished dress, you aren't going to have a seam allowance, so it's easier to finish off the sleeve edges before you attach them to the dress armhole. Make sure the circumference of your finished sleeve matches the circumference of the armhole.
Make sure the bias tape is hidden all the way around.
There you are, mah dears! Hope everyone has an awesome holiday weekend!