Puffed sleeves are the worst, ugh!
I was lucky enough to thrift a fabulous velvet & wool dress in my Scottish clan tartan when I lived in London & then it sat packed away in 2 different countries until fate had me inherit a sewing machine and teach myself how to use it thus allowing me to begin my upcycling journey & finally refashion the dress into something I’d actually wear:
Here’s my fast fix for those puffy shoulder lumps + the solution to a silly refashionista mistake that I make more often than I like to admit:
A quick puffed sleeve fix – how to replace sleeves
flip the dress inside out & carefully remove the sleeves
mark that extra puff of fabric to be removed using the armhole as a guide
stitch the new sleeve size following the line of the mark & trim off the excess fabric
pop your new sleeve into the armhole with right sides facing, stitch together & repeat the process with the other sleeve and your de-puffing will be complete!
I totally spaced out & sewed the wrong sides together, then completely destroyed the sleeve when I
angrily tore picked it apart and ended up chucking the whole fraying-wool-mess-of-a-dress back into my stash until the solution to the ruined sleeves snuck up on me…
as a mid-calf length velvet skirt from the 70’s that desperately needed a shorten!
Side note: I freaking love vintage clothing labels!
I shortened the skirt & used the chopped length + my very oldie but goodie Splendid Sleeves tutorial:
(Can you tell I was still breast feeding when I shot that video? Baby weight & big boobies, ugh!)
I now have a pair of fabulous velvet sleeves – that match perfectly with the velvet neckline detail!