(Closed) Could a seamstress alter a dress's silhouette?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Member
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I definitely think so! I think it might just be a matter of recreating the belt/sash on your dress and making it more like the cumberbund on the other MoriLee or Justin Alexander. 

I just had some pretty major alterations done to my dress. I went from an a-line to more of a fit n flare, so never underestimate a great seamstress!

Post # 4
Member
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not really.  You need to have more fabric at the waist in order to create the fullness you are looking for.  The cut of the skirts is not the same for the models shown.  A far stretch would be to get the dress a few size bigger.  The seamstress would have to alter to top of the dress to fit you and could create fullness by getting the skirt to fit the top (I don’t know if I make sense?).  That would cost you a pretty penny though and I don’t know if you would find someone willing to do it.

Good luck finding what you are looking for. Wink

Post # 5
Member
3697 posts
Sugar bee

If you are just looking to add a cummerbund to change the lines of the bodice, then yes, that can be done pretty easily.

If you are hoping to change the lines of the skirt to something fuller and rounder, then, as goodgenie notes, that’s going to be a lot more challenging. Just adding a cummerbund to the bodice isn’t going to add any volume to the skirt.

The alteration khf777 describes, from A-line to fit-and-flare, involves taking the skirt in. That type of alteration is usually pretty achievable. The silhouette you’re looking for would require you to add material to the skirt – much more difficult to do successfully.

Post # 8
Member
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureMrsFishy:  yes, didn’t think of that.  If your skirt is long and the seamstress adjusts the  dress by the waist, than you may get that fulless.  Is there a seam at the waist or is it one continuous panel.  That may affect the alterations.  Also, how much fullness depends on how much she has to shorten the dress.

As far as adding a rushing panel a skilled seamstress could definitely do it.  I know how to sew but wouldn’t consider myself a professional seamstess and I have done it in the past (to attach a tank top and skirt to make a dress).

Post # 9
Member
420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Jasmine’s is a dress shop in China that usually re creates designer dresses on the cheap, but they can also create custom dresses and combine two dresses if that’s what you want.  I’ve never used them, but a lot of girls on this site have had good things to say about them.  I’m not sure if you’d like them though, I think it really depends a lot on how picky you are about things like the type of fabric, designer names, etc. but it might be worth it to check it out.

Post # 10
Member
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

St. Patrick Rene has a similar feel

The topic ‘Could a seamstress alter a dress's silhouette?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors