Post # 1
I have a small-ish ballgown and I tried it on with what the seamstress called an “extra large slip” that resembled this:
“Extra large slip
I was going to buy it as I like the fuller look, but my seamstress suggested I buy one off eBay because the one I tried on was like $110 from her store. There are tons of different styles on eBay …. I want full! Would this work just as well or would this cause problems? I really have no idea what I’m looking at.
Six hoop skirt slip
Here is my dress for reference. You can’t see it, but I am standing on a pedestal in this picture – there is PLENTY of room for the hem to come up with the added fullness.
Post # 2
the downside to hoops is when you sit, they stand up around you, rather than crinnoline which works with you.
Post # 3
208bride: the hoop skirt will work for the look you want. Each horizontal saem is a plastic or metal hoop which holds the shape of the dress. The pros of a hoop skirt are: makes a really full skirt, cooler then petticoat because it hold the material away from your legs. On the negative side, they take some practice to walk dance and sit in. Because they are actual hoops, you have to sit down carefully, or the hoop can pop up and you end up flashing more skin then you intended. It’s doable, and their are online tutorials and you tube clips to give you some pointers if you go with the hoop skirt. But if you do I would Definetely plan on practicing at home a good bit before the big day.
if you want something closer to what you tried on, this might work. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ball-Gown-Petticoat-/191249721869?pt=US_Slips&hash=item2c875f2a0d In general a search “ball gown” petticoat, crinoline or slip will bring up the ones that are very full and would work with your dress.
Post # 4
nikkialys: I think I will go with the type you suggested because I want that fullness, but I don’t want to worry about the hoops being all crazy 🙂 I didn’t think of that. I know nothing about this stuff. Thank you SO much, you were such a help!
Post # 5
208bride: First things first. Your dress is gorgeous!!! I actually have a 6 hoop skirt for my dress. I think that would be too large for your dress. You could easily use less hoops. I watched a couple youtube videos about siting in hoop skirts, and I tried it myself when it arrived in the mail. The modern hoop skirts really aren’t as complicated as people think they are. The hoops are really bendy so sitting down is super simple. They don’t pop up like the old hoop styles (non flexible hoops) and they keep you cool By keeping the dress away from you. Also it’s really easy to walk in them, as there aren’t layers and layers of hot tulle stuffed under your dress. I have a ballgown and it was so hard to walk, let alone dance with the tulle crinoline. I tried one on at the bridal store when I got my gown. Did you walk around and try to dance in the crinoline at the bridal store? I would suggest a smaller hoop skirt for you. Here are some pics for reference. Neither belong to me, but they do the trick. The first is a dress with the 6 hoop (super big) and the other is from the eBay seller I got mine from. It explains how many hoops you need for certain looks. Hope this helps…
Post # 6