10.8.11

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 :

  1. 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!!

    allister bee blog

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  2. 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

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  3. 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.

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

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

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  6. AMAZING! What a perfectly adorable jacket!

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

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

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  9. 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

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  10. 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!

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  11. uuuhm, you are like ROCKING this :)
    awesome ...
    http://urbanprettygirl.blogspot.com/

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  12. 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.

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  13. What a unique piece! It suits you.

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  14. 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...!

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  15. 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

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

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  17. 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?

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  18. 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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