TUTORIAL | How to Add Drape Sleeves to a Dress

Friday, July 31, 2015

how to refashion a sleeveless dress
how to refashion a sleeveless dress to be modest
how to refashion a sleeveless dress tutorial diy
how to add drape sleeves to dress tutorial diy

what you need blue
--sleeveless dress
--1 yard fabric (I used an unworn blouse I had on hand to coordinate with  my dress. This technique works really well with contrasting colors...like white sleeves on a black dress)


what you do blue
1.  Cut fabric or shirt into two rectangles at least 12 inches long and 14 inches wide. This will give you plenty to work with while eliminating bulk.

how to refashion a sleeveless dress tutorial how to add drape sleeves to a sleeveless dress tutorial diy
2.  Position your fabric under the sleeve line of the dress. Keep the rectangle perpendicular to the dress to create the right drape. 

how to add drape sleeves to a sleeveless dress tutorial refashion diy
3.  When you have the sleeve fabric positioned where you want, pin into place along sleeve line.  You will be leaving 3-4 inches beneath the armpit unpinned for now. 

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4.  Top-stitch close to dress edge to attach sleeve, leaving armpit fabric free. 

how to refashion a sleeveless dress with drape sleeves diy tutorial
5.  Flip dress to inside and trim away excess sleeve fabric, then trim sleeve fabric from bottom sleeve edge up at an angle to where sleeve fabric meets armpit of dress. Make sure to leave at least 1/4 inch extra to have fabric for seam allowance. 
6.  Stitch underarm seam on sleeve and hem.

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7.  From inside of dress with right sides together, stitch up the open 3-4 inches close to dress sleeve edge. Press.
8. DONE.

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theres more
how to replace a torn bodice how to make an easy ribbon belt dress tutorial via Kristina J blog how to refashion a crop top into a peplum blouse 7 gingham sundress refashion

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Your dress redo is beautiful!!! I love how it turned out, thanks for sharing

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  2. So clever! Your dress looks totally cute!
    -Margaret
    http://happyinheels.blogspot.com/

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  3. I really like the style of the sleeves you added to this. Looks great on you!

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  4. I really like the style of the sleeves you added to this. Looks great on you!

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