Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon

Conversational Threads

update dresses

ladyelfreda | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I have been sewing for years . I have a number of dresses and suits that I have made myself over time  in just great fabric silk wool etc.which I know I can not find again (unless I get to London or New York which is unlikey as I am now retired) My problem is that the suit or dress is not out of date in itself but  the sleeves and shouldes are . They are  wide high pad or gather caps. I know when I change the sleeve cap I will lose some fabric, but I have a deep hem on the sleeve,  ( I always leave good wide seams etc) so this will help.Can any one help me on this as to how to change the sleeves.Maybe Threads would like to pick this up for subject in the magazine (which I have been reading for many years and love it) Please help


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    I often take sleeves off finished garments and re-cut them to a pattern I have that fits me well; however, this often necessitates changes in the shoulder and bodice side seams as well.  Sometimes, by simply replacing large shoulder pads with smaller ones, I can get an updated look fairly easily; other times, it's almost like remaking the garment completely!

    1. ladyelfreda | | #2

      Thank you Tea

      I think I will start by takeing out the seeves and cut  the ones  I want in  muslin  first, then see what I will need to do to the side seams etc. I have tryed puting in a smaller pad ,but to much room in the shouldes, and too wide ,would still need to fix that part. some of the dresses are evening ones, and if I can work  out  how to do it will be worth it


This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift


Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


  • Sign up for the Threads eletter

    Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

    Sign Up
  • Bernina Sponsored Content

    Where to Buy

    Locate a BERNINA store in your area.

  • CraftStylish


    Expert craft tutorials, news, and tips for sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, paper crafts, embroidery, jewelry making, and more!