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bigeyes
« on: December 11, 2003 01:04:52 PM »

I got a great stretch velvet dress for $4 in a thrift store, but the sleeves are slightly too tight.  I'm thinking of replacing them with new ones made from stretch lace, possibly?  It's a fit and flare style mini dress, forest green stretch velvet, with strraight just past the elbow length sleeves.  Do you think a flutterly cap sleeve or a pouffy long sleeve would look odd?  Any ideas appreciated! Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2003 01:15:57 PM »

if the sleeves have a seam on the inside, just rip out those stitches for flutter sleeves.  You can sew down the seam allowance on either side.  You could also go sleeveless.  

It would take a fair amount of alteration to add in an extra strip of fabric to make the current sleeves have a greater circumference, so I wouldn't do that.  Your stretch lace idea sounds cool.

post pics when you're done!

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2003 02:31:22 PM »

I've got some patterns for adding crocheted bits to clothing.  I've done this halter one.



It might make a pretty addition to the dress, so long as you know how to crochet!  The flutter sleeves or stretch lace are also good ideas!
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bigeyes
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2003 03:14:59 PM »

if the sleeves have a seam on the inside, just rip out those stitches for flutter sleeves.  You can sew down the seam allowance on either side.  You could also go sleeveless.  

It would take a fair amount of alteration to add in an extra strip of fabric to make the current sleeves have a greater circumference, so I wouldn't do that.  Your stretch lace idea sounds cool.

post pics when you're done!

--susan.

I like the idea of flutter sleeves, and then maybe I can find a way to add lace to the dress (I'm thinking cream colored, maybe a 2 layered flutter sleeve, one with the velvet and one with the lace, then add lace to the hem or as an underskirt???  I kicked around the idea of a little stretch lace bolero or shawl and taking the sleeves clear off, so that is still a possibility, though it willl require more work.  Thanks!

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bigeyes
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2003 03:17:25 PM »

I've got some patterns for adding crocheted bits to clothing.  I've done this halter one.



It might make a pretty addition to the dress, so long as you know how to crochet!  The flutter sleeves or stretch lace are also good ideas!

I don't know if I'll use that for this project, but I'm interested in knowing more...

What all can you add crochet to?

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2003 03:58:08 PM »

You can add crochet to anything!  There are a number of patterns for simple round inserts that can go on the chest of a shirt, at the hem of a skirt, on a pant leg, etc.  There are also a number of patterns for shirt toppers like the picture I posted, with varying styles and sleeve lengths.  There are also a few patterns for adding a crocheted edging to things.  These patterns all come from a book I found in a free bin at a yard sale (woohoo!).  It's called "Shanie Jacobs' Crochet Book".  If you want more details about any of the patterns, let me know!
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2003 04:37:12 PM »

I'm curious about the other shirt options, and the jeans thing.

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