Is it possible to alter a mermaid gown into a modified a-line?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think you should talk to a seamstress about it! It would probably require letting it out a bit below the hip and possible taking in the bottom of the skirt to create a smoother line, but I’m not sure. It’s at least feasible! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Your dress doesn’t look like a true mermaid. Or a more defined mermaid gown where its super tight in the middle, so I think it will be possible to change it into an a-line. You should definitely consult with an seamstress or the shop where you purchased the gown. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Honestly, I think the way your dress looks now is much nicer than the alternative. It will be more expensive and less flattering. 

It might be possible if you lose as much weight as you say you will- the shape of the seam will have to be altered, it’s not just a matter of having extra room.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Why would you want to alter your dress? It’s beautiful and much more flattering than what you’re considering, IMO. You have such a nice hourglass figure and your dress shows it off beautifully, you look way more proportionate and contrary to what you may believe it’s actually a lot more slimming than the alternative.

I completely understand where you’re coming from though, I have major issues with my bum and thighs and it took me a long time to realize I don’t look hideous in pencil skirts! lol

Anyway, I would sleep on it if I were you. I’m pretty sure your dress can be altered but at least wait until you’ve lost weight. You may find yourself wanting to show off your new slimmer figure! 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think you look great in either shape, but I do prefer the shape you are considering altering it to.  I know the other way around is possible, but I don’t know if you can let it out at the hips.  Lace dresses are difficult to alter (I have a lace dress too).  Some of them can’t be let out at all, because the top layer is a see through overlay with no extra fabric at the seam.  Ask a seamstress, they can do pretty amazing things.  

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