Wedding Alterations

Wedding Sleeves Alterations ✔️ Toronto

There are many reasons why a bride decides to change the style of her wedding gown sleeves. Perhaps the style isn’t right for your body shape or personality or it feels too long or too short. 

Whether you want to have your wedding dress sleeves shortened or lengthened we can help!

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To make the bridal dress sleeves alterations process easier, we provide a FREE consultation with our wedding dress tailor.

Wedding Dresses Sleeves Alterations

Sleeves Shortening or Lengthening Cost

Hem Plain Dress Sleeves $25
Taper $35
Hem Fancy Gowns Sleeves $45
Shortening from Top for Plain Gowns $75
Hem Beaded Gowns Sleeves $80
Shortening Fancy Gown Sleeves From Top $125
Shortening Beaded Gowns Sleeves From Top $175
Shortening Beaded Gowns Sleeves in the Middle & Reattach Detail $180
Please note that these are the starting prices and that the total price will depend on how much work needs to be done and the complexity of the bridal gown. There may be more extensive tailoring required on wedding gowns with special fabrics and adornments such as beads, lace, tulle, or crystals or we might need to adjust other parts of the dress such as the bust or take in the sides of the gown. Our FREE consultation will provide you with the most accurate price. Once you try the dress and we know exactly what wedding alterations need to be made, we can recommend to you how we can transform it.

Short Sleeves

Short sleeves are a versatile option that can add a touch of charm and femininity to your wedding dress. They typically cover a portion of the upper arm, ending just above the elbow. Short sleeves can be made from various fabrics, including lace, chiffon, or organza, and are suitable for both casual and formal wedding settings. If you want to showcase your toned arms or incorporate intricate sleeve details, short sleeves are a great choice.

Cap Sleeves

Cap sleeves are a popular choice for brides who want to add a delicate and romantic touch to their wedding dress. These sleeves cover just the topmost part of the shoulder, resembling a cap, hence the name. Cap sleeves can be made from sheer fabrics, such as tulle or lace, for a soft and ethereal look. They are perfect for brides who desire a modest sleeve option while still maintaining a sense of elegance and grace.

Off-shoulder Sleeves

If you’re looking to make a statement on your wedding day, off-shoulder sleeves might be the perfect choice for you. These sleeves sit just below the shoulder, exposing the collarbones and shoulders. Off-shoulder sleeves can add a touch of sophistication and glamour to your wedding dress, especially when paired with delicate lace or intricate beadwork. They are particularly suited for a summer or destination wedding, where you can showcase your sun-kissed shoulders.

Illusion Sleeves

Illusion sleeves offer a blend of coverage and romance. Made from sheer fabric, such as tulle or organza, illusion sleeves create the illusion of a tattoo-like design on your arms. These sleeves are often adorned with delicate lace or beadwork for an added touch of elegance. Illusion sleeves are perfect for brides who want a unique and ethereal look that combines the beauty of sheer fabric with intricate embellishments.

Long Sleeves

Long sleeves are the epitome of elegance and sophistication. These sleeves extend all the way down to the wrists, providing full coverage for your arms. Long sleeves can be made from various fabrics, including lace, satin, or even sheer materials for a more modern look. They are an excellent choice for winter weddings or formal ceremonies. Long sleeves can be simple and streamlined or feature intricate lace or embroidery for a more ornate appearance.


Once you’ve chosen the perfect sleeve style for your wedding dress, you may find that some alterations are necessary to ensure the sleeves fit you perfectly. Here are some common alterations for bridal sleeves:

Shortening Sleeves

If you feel that the sleeves on your wedding dress are too long or extend beyond your desired length, you can consider shortening them. This alteration can be done by a skilled tailor or seamstress who will take precise measurements and carefully adjust the sleeves to your desired length. Shortening sleeves not only ensures a better fit but also allows you to showcase any bracelet or ring you may want to wear on your special day.

Lengthening Sleeves

On the other hand, if you find that the sleeves on your wedding dress are too short for your liking, lengthening them is a possible alteration option. This alteration can be more complex than shortening sleeves, as additional fabric might need to be sourced to match the existing sleeves. A skilled tailor or seamstress can work their magic to extend the sleeves while maintaining the same style and fabric as your dress, ensuring a seamless and unified look.

Adding Volume

If you desire more volume or structure in your sleeve style, consider adding volume through alterations. This can be achieved by adding additional layers of fabric or creating pleats or gathers in the sleeves. Adding volume to the sleeves can create a more dramatic and eye-catching look, allowing you to make a statement with your bridal attire.

Changing Sleeve Style

If you have fallen in love with a specific sleeve style but it doesn’t come with the wedding dress of your dreams, don’t worry, alterations can help. A skilled tailor or seamstress can remove the existing sleeves and replace them with the desired sleeve style. Whether you want to switch from cap sleeves to off-shoulder sleeves or from short sleeves to illusion sleeves, this alteration option allows you to customize your wedding dress and make it truly unique to you.

To ensure a smooth and successful sleeve alteration process, it’s important to be aware of common mistakes to avoid. Here are some common mistakes to keep in mind:

Not Allowing Sufficient Time for Alterations

One of the most common mistakes is underestimating the time required for sleeve alterations. Bridal alterations can take several weeks or even months, depending on the complexity of the alterations and the availability of the tailor or seamstress. Plan ahead and allow ample time for alterations to ensure that your sleeve modifications are completed in time for your wedding day.

Ignoring Professional Advice

While it’s essential to communicate your desires, it’s equally important to consider and trust the professional advice of your tailor or seamstress. They have extensive experience in bridal alterations and can offer insights and suggestions that will enhance the overall look and fit of your sleeves. Ignoring their advice may result in less-than-optimal results.

Not Considering Comfort and Mobility

While the aesthetic appeal of the sleeves is important, it’s equally crucial to consider your comfort and mobility on your wedding day. Ensure that the sleeves allow for easy movement and don’t restrict your arms or shoulders. Opt for fabrics that are comfortable against your skin and won’t cause irritation or discomfort throughout the day.

Not Accounting for Undergarments

Undergarments can significantly impact the overall fit and appearance of your sleeves. Be mindful of the undergarments you plan to wear with your wedding dress and discuss any necessary alterations or adjustments with your tailor or seamstress. The right undergarments can provide additional support or shaping, ensuring that the sleeves fit and flatter your body.

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