I am sewing a dress for my friend just for fun. It’s a 1950’s style deal and I’m making it with a long, full skirt and a modest neckline. My original design included sleeves, but the way it worked out I feel like sleeves would overwhelm the whole thing (it has a very busy small, floral pattern and I’ve already done some fancy detailing on the bodice), not to mention the fact that it’s averaging 100-110 degrees and long sleeves are a bad idea.
So it does cover the full shoulder, about 4 inches in length, rather like the sleeves on this dress:
Do you think it will be immodest? I could add in some fluttery short sleeve things, but not only do I feel like they would overwork the design, but I also don’t understand how revealing an extra inch of your forearm makes the outfit too sexual. Personally, I would probably wear a lacy cardigan over it, but I also tend towards scrupulous about modesty.
I don’t know if it makes a difference, but she is not Catholic and completely not concerned about modesty (in fact i think she’s rather against modesty).