Post # 1
So we bought the bridesmaid dresses a little while ago, some of my maids were not able to come with to try on, the one does not like the dress so much at the bottom as she is heavier and the fabric is the stretchy clingy fabric. We did buy another dress as my mom has sewed all her life, and she can make it a little bigger, but does anyone have any ideas for making the dress go out from the natural waistline to make a bell bottom kind of?
Post # 2
KateriPetrie: Can you post photos of the dress? Could your maids all get different dresses in the same color? You definitely want her to be comfortable!
Post # 3
I know its kind of hard to see it all, but it is very slinky looking….we have talked about that option, I would like to see if we can do this dress first though, if it won’t work then there’s nothing I can do about it and another dress will be the option
Post # 4
Has she tried wearing spanx or other things like that? Some of my dresses that are clingy “glide” off of the spanx fabric for me, maybe it will help the dress flow better. If she doesn’t like spanx, maybe even just a pair of boyshorts with that silky no-show feeling (I dont know how to describe it lol) will work since you are just trying to get the dress to not clingy instead of “sucking you in”.
Hopefully that makes sense.
Post # 5
KateriPetrie: The combination of an empire waist style and clingy fabric are killer for anyone who has hips.
Are you saying that you bought an extra dress so that you have extra fabric to use to alter this dress?
If so, you could use some of either the print or the black fabric to lengthen the bodice, then use the extra skirt fabric to make a gored skirt that flares out from the new natural waistline.
This is the look I have in mind to lengthen the bodice.
This is how you make a gored skirt. You may still need a lining to help the skirt stand away from the body.
Post # 6
yup we bought another dress just so that we could have extra fabric lol..my mom was just talking about making a piece like that for either side of the dress as the top fits perfectly. I just didn’t know how it would look as I have a hard time invisioning things like this lol
Post # 7
julies1949: That seems like the best solution!
Post # 8
KateriPetrie: She can go ahead and just gore the skirt. If the dress still looks too body hugging over the hips, she can always make a ruched or gathered sash to wear over the mid section, changing the waist from empire to a more natural waist look.