Sleeves or No?
I’m totally over-complicating things with my birthday dress. I can’t help but think that my fabric would look just stunning done up in Vogue 1353:
I love the neckline pleats and full skirt on this pattern, and I’ve been wanting to make it for a while now. The problem, of course, is that it’s sleeveless, and I’m not sure what to do about that.
One thought was to add sleeves. I’ve found a few resources that tell me how to do so, and I could try it out on my muslin. Leaving aside the potential extreme frustration of that plan, I’m not even sure if this dress would work with a short (but not cap) sleeve. And if I do add sleeves, how does that work with the lining? I’m pretty sure all of my dresses with sleeves are unlined, but I like the neat finish of a lined dress.
I could also leave it sleeveless, but I’m worried that I won’t wear it as often if I do. As I mentioned before, I get self-conscious about sweating when I wear sleeveless dresses, and that’s especially true on the dance floor. I also read some reviews that said the straps and neckline run wide on this pattern, which could be a problem with my sloping shoulders.
Any suggestions? Am I crazy to still be considering this pattern?