An alteration attempt

Last night I removed a sleeve from a gray dress.  When I originally wore it, I got comments that it was too big (and the size would agree - it's 2 sizes larger than my normal).  However, I'm not convinced that it's actually too big in the shoulders.  Rather, the sleeves are weirdly shaped, making them pop up in a bubble when I move my shoulder (see pic 2, which got the original review).

And I don't like puffy sleeves anyway, so I tried removing them (well, one).  But I'm really wavering on whether it's an improvement.  What do you think?

Removing the sleeve left a pretty big armhole, which I'll take in a bit along the side seam to make it wearable if I leave it this way.

Yay=remove the other sleeve
Nay=re-attach the first sleeve, original is better.

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  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Remove the other sleeve! Without the sleeves it looks like a sack dress that is deliberately oversized.  The sleeve as is just makes everything look too wide.

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    I like it better without the sleeve too.

  • replied 7 years ago

    I agree, without sleeves the extra size in the body looks intentional.

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    Yay for sleeveless!

  • replied 7 years ago

    I like it sleeveless. I have a top with that kind of top where the neckline is a circle and the body cuts away at the shoulderline. I really like it.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Go sleeveless! 

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Chop it!

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Oh yes, definitely sleeveless!

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    Another vote for sleeveless!!  Yes, it is still oversized, but then it looks intentionally so.

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    Keep going with that seam ripper, sister! The sleeveless look totally makes it more youthful.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    Off! Like the Queen of Hearts.

  • Glory replied 7 years ago

    Yes another vote to snipsnip

  • shedev replied 7 years ago

    One more for remove the sleeve.

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the votes of confidence all!  Sleeveless it is - I'll rip the other one off tonight!  :)

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Clever girl :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    This is perfect Amiable and will result in a fabulous summer dress!

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Yay - sleeveless is much better for this!

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Yeah!  Sleeveless dress - and no belt - perfect!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Chop chop and you'll have a new summer dress.

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