We’ve all found that dress that’s just a dream; the color, the fit, the style, but bummer–it’s topless or sleeveless. This problem is as old as the hills, and I’ve seen a boatload of creative solutions for it. Here’s a pretty simple and straightforward one. Renee (the beautiful bridesmaid) came to me wanting a top/sleeve addition that was both delicate and subtle. When adding anything to a garment you have to decide whether you want to go the route of matching the color or tone (easiest when it’s either black or white), or do something that’s contrasting and complimentary. I happen to have this soft lace on hand (as seen here) and we both thought it would be a nice fit to the flowy and textural dress. Because she wanted it to be pretty subtle, I lined it with a nude knit underneath.
I then drafted a super basic cap sleeve top based on where she wanted the neck, back, and sleeves to hit, and hand-sewed it in between the dress and lining. For easy entering and exiting, I added snap buttons on the right underarm to extend the side zipper. Simple and beautiful! And isn’t she gorgeous?? Seriously, when I design my clothing line, I know who I’m calling.
(And Happy Pioneer Day to all you fellow Utahns!)