how to alter a ball gown hoop skirt to a a-line hoop skirt?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Perhaps pull the top two hoops out? I’ve got an a-line dress and I’ve only got one hoop in mine!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would guess you’d have to cut out a panel from top to bottom and resew it together. The good news i that no one will see it so as long as it’s even you should be good. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

sometimes the hoops are adjustable you have to find where the ends meet and just push together so they overlap more to make the hoop smaller.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Maybe just cut your losses and buy a new a-line hoop skirt on ebay?  Some of them are like $6, with free shipping.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think if you just take the top hoop out then put the top one in the 2nd slot it should work– does that make sense? 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@futuremrscap:  I would just sew it shut there. I used to work in a dress shop and we used safety pins (because they were rented) but I think it would look better to sew it- if there is too much fabric to where it bunches you could just trim it. 

 

Do you have a picture of your dress?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@futuremrscap:  you can also just get an a line  hoop skirt from ebay for pretty cheap like around 10 bucks if you don’t mind waiting for about a month to get it delivered.  also you might consider getting a 2 hoop trumpet hoop skirt.  it won’t puff your skirt out anymore.  i had origianlly gotten an A-line hoop skirt but it made my down more poofy than I wanted, so I got the trumpet one and it didnt’ poof it out all which was perfect.  

here’s the kind i got:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Hoop-Fishtail-Mermaid-Cocktail-Bridal-Petticoat-Underskirt-/121220147908?pt=US_CSA_WC_Skirts&hash=item1c3948aac4

it kept the mountains of tulle on my dress away from my legs so i could dance, walk and not be too hot.  

to compare:

Aline hoop skirt

trumpet/mermaid hoop skirt:

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@futuremrscap:  Apologies for not getting back to you sooner! I’ve attached a photo of my dress with a one hooped petticoat. The dress doesn’t sink at all at the front as the weight of it means it just lays over the hoop and gives it a nice shape. 

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