None of them were modest up to my standards, but that's okay. I'm a seamstress. I chose a dress that would hopefully be slimming (since I'm still carrying some of this leftover pregnancy flab) and easy enough to alter. I went with this one.
Now, I love tulip sleeves. They're wonderful for formals and wedding gowns because the usual cap-style sleeves or short sleeves can restrict arm movement a lot when they're made from a woven fabric.
A quick lesson on woven fabric, if you're unfamiliar with how it's made.
The threads used to make a woven fabric cross each other at right angles.
Unless it's made with Spandex, it won't stretch.
However, if you pull it at a 45 degree angle, it has a little bit of a stretch to it.
That 45 degree angle is called the bias.
Tulip sleeves make use of a woven fabric's bias, which adds a little more give than regular sleeves have, and is why I love them so much.
So I took some measurements, made some pattern pieces, opened up some seams on the dress, and put the custom made tulip sleeves on.
And here's my favorite shot of the sleeves on my dress.
Well, it's actually my favorite shot of my husband and I enjoying a romantic moment on the dance floor at Stephanie and Justin's reception. But you can see the sleeves I made too!
(Thanks again, Weston Bennet, for letting me use your photos!)