Adding a Flutter Sleeve Question?

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Eldest step-daughter is getting married in July.  She has ordered the
brides-attendants' dresses in purple (her color) and the only one she
could find that didn't look matronly is sleeveless with a V-neck.  Now
she wants to add flutter sleeves to the dress (especially for the
attendants that cannot wear sleeveless dresses comfortably).  First we
have to find a chiffon that either matches or works with the fabric of
the pre-made dresses.

My question is.....has anyone ever added a flutter sleeve or made
something with one?  and is there anyway to make a flutter sleeve that
is easier than one with a hand-rolled-hem one?


Re: Adding a Flutter Sleeve Question?
Maybe you could find a soft pink chiffon for the sleeve that will go with
the purple and put a small machine hem in the sleeves and maybe sew a narrow
pink or lavender lace on the sleeve hem.  HTH
Barbara in SC



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Adding a sleeve to a finished sleeveless armscye will be
...challenging.  To be done right, the existing facing
should be removed, the new sleeve sewn in, and the raw edges
finished, either with serging or Hong Kong finish.  I *would
not* just insert the sleeve into the finished armscye.

Finding chiffon to match will probably be impossible.  Ask
me how I know...  For DD's wedding attendants, each woman
was free to choose her own design, and I created patterns
from sketches.  I looked locally for over five months at
every shop large and small plus online and finally found
"close enough" chiffon to match the Duchesse Satin for two
of the dresses:
http://home.comcast.net/~ickesbe/wsb/html/view.cgi-photo.html--SiteID-1687470.html

But I bought four different batches of purple chiffon before
finding one which looked good with the satin, and pleased
the attendants.

Have you considered having all the dresses custom made?

Good luck!

Beverly



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  I was wondering if instead of adding a sleeve to a ready made if they
would consider a short jacket or cape  with a flutter sleeve.That would
be a lot easier to do and you could probably get away with a slightly
different shade of purple.Here's a couple of ideas.
The second one is for a shrug.
  http://www.fitzpatterns.com/products/2114-tonia-cape-sewing-patter
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4450.htm?tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=2

Juno

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Excellent suggestion!  I like that McCalls pattern.

Beverly



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"Juno B" wrote:

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Correct URL:
http://www.fitzpatterns.com/products/2114-tonia-cape-sewing-pattern

Yours was missing the final "n".  Pretty cape.

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:
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Thanks!
Juno

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"Juno B" wrote:

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And, if OP found a pretty lace in a close color match, the
result might look like:
http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2906.htm?tab=evening_bridal_includes_designer&page=4

Beverly



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I like the lace idea for the shrug also. Very pretty, very elegant. That
will work if the dresses are very sipmple.
Juno

Re: Adding a Flutter Sleeve Question?
Here's a few more designs I thought might work
http://www.butterick.com/web/shop.cgi?s.item.B3345
Juno

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On 4/23/09 5:19 PM, in article 49f0e98e$0$22533$ snipped-for-privacy@cv.net, "Juno and

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Another style that I've used before is view E in
Simplicity pattern 5252.  Make in lace of a coordinating color or if
possible, the same color.
Emily


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Juno wrote:
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http://www.butterick.com/web/shop.cgi?s.item.B3345

Thank you one and all.  Have forwarded all the suggestions to S-D and
the decision is her's.  


Re: Adding a Flutter Sleeve Question?---UPDATE
The bride-to-be decided to go with a bolero type jacket.  She found a
net material with silver thread running through it.  Since the sewing
will be straight forward and won't need any difficult finishes, she will
be doing the sewing.


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Sounds like a very nice solution.  She might want to test
that "net material with silver thread running through it"
against her or their skin to be sure it's not scratchy.

Beverly



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I'm glad she decided on something easy to do.  Pre-wedding is always a
jittery time in a young lady's life.
Emily


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On Apr 23, 10:30 am, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Chris R) wrote:
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I have one pattern that is for either a sleeveless or flutter sleeve
dress.  What I did for that dress was once I was to the point of
finishing the armholes, I hemmed the sleeves while they were still
flat with the narrow hemmer foot for my machine.  It does a 1/4" hem.
That looked really nice. Then once the sleeves were hemmed, I set them
in the armholes.  Then the armhole and the seam allowance of the
sleeve got bound with bias tape.  So it's very feasible that you could
do this to an existing dress.  You would have to first strip the
armhole of any facings or bindings on there. That's a PITA, but if
you're careful, you can do it.  Just don't stretch it.

Matching a solid purple is going to be a major pain.  A couple of
things you might look at doing.  If the Mfg. offers wraps to go with
the dresses, order a few of those.  They will come closer to matching
than anything you will be able to buy.  Remember that all the dresses
were cut and sewn out of a "job lot" of fabric the Mfg. got from a
fabric mill just for those dresses.  Most likely, you will never match
it exactly.

OR...suggest to your DSD that you look for a Printed chiffon that
comes *close* to the color of the dresses, or at least compliments
that color.  What I would do is not only make the flutter sleeves out
of the print, I would do other accents on the dresses with it.  Make
some bias binding and do the necklines.  If they have an empire
waistline, then make more bias tape, turn it into wide piping and put
it between the bodice and the skirt.  Yes, it's a major overhaul on
the dress to do something like that (the waist is; the neckline would
be easy.)  But that would tie it all together and make the dresses
appear to have been designed that way.

Prints and patterns are pretty "in" for formal wear right now.  So
that might be the easiest way to solve the problem.  Those are the
only two things I would suggest to a client that came to me with this
challenge.  And I would probably push for the print.  Printed chiffon
is pretty easy to find.  ;)  Way easier than finding a solid chiffon
that matches the color exactly.

Good luck and let us know what she decides to have you do!

Sharon
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