Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Revival: Getting Rid of Puffy Sleeves

I know I promised you guys that I'd show you how to take clothes next. BUT (and it's a big giant BUUTTTTT), you have to take the sleeves off before you can take the dress in. So next week I'll show you how to take the dress in once you have your sleeves off.

1. Remove the sleeves with a seam ripper (or if I'm feeling lazy I'll just cut them off).
2. Cut at the dotted line to decrease the angle of the sleeve. (Above sleeve is before the cut, below sleeve is after being cut)
3. Cut the sleeve from the bottom to fit your desired length.
4. With right sides together slip the sleeve into the arm hole and match the side seams (pin the layers together).
5.  With a seam of 5/8" sew along the sleeve where you have pinned.
6. Hem the bottom of the sleeve.

You're done!

20 comments:

Paislea Elyse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i am still so amazed with the creations that you come up with! i am so jealous that you know how to sew! i'm thinking of taking some sewing classes at uvu this fall. we'll see how it goes! thanks for the inspiration!!

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Aubsent From Texas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thank you my little alterations yoda! You inspired me to take in a skirt last week. I don't have a sewing machine so I did it by hand and it turned out great!

Aubrey

kenda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i've been so inspired by your recreations that i've picked up some ill-fitting thrift store dresses to try to alter. the only problem is, i can't sew. but this tutorial is a great start. i can't wait to see the next one.

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm so glad that these are helping you guys! E-mail me if you have any questions. I'd love to help!

girluntitled said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

um i need this in my wardrobe. NAME YOUR PRICE!!

Lexy of BeautyFash said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

AMAZING! What a perfectly adorable jacket!

Mr. & Mrs. Clarke said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

guess what? you're on pinterest. :D

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You continue to amaze me

rlutz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love what you did with that blazer...looks amazing!

Kat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is freaking adorable! Love the bows, love the navy & white combo, love it!

Elyse (Give Me Bows) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is fantastically helpful! I always find cute blazers in vintage shops that have huge puff sleeves and make me feel silly, but I had no idea how to fix it. I am bookmarking this page :D

jenn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Soo I just wanted to say that even though I'm rather new to your blog, I've been rather addicted : ) I love it! Thanks for all your fun posts!

marcella said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

uuuhm, you are like ROCKING this :)
awesome ...
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Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Whoa, that looks really great! You've got some fantastic sewing skills and style to spare. Adding you to my (overstuffed) google reader right now.

Rachael said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a unique piece! It suits you.

Eleni said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, I'm impressed with this one! Shoulder-paddy 80s jackets, fear no more! You can be saved!

Looking forward to your next tutorial. Maybe the reason my taken-in dresses always look messy is because I didn't take the sleeves off first...!

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This tut came just in time for me...I just bought a blouse with HUGE poofy sleeves to refashion, and when I got to the sleeves I was at a blank until I remembered reading your post. ^^ so now my sleeve problem is fixed!

Thanks for the great tutorial!

~Vicki
deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

Paula K. Cravens said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks for this tutorial. I am off to the thrift store.

Beth Perry said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi I'm trying to do the same thing with a coat I've got and am having trouble working out how much to decrease the angle of the sleeve (like you have done in step 2)to make it less puffy and fit perfectly in the armhole. I was curious as to how you did it?

carys Carysstanding said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I bought a trenchcoat off ebay which is like new, but it has puffed sleeves, as I am a size 16/18 they are not flattering, just wondering how I can reduce to make into an ordinary flattering sleeve. thank youx

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