(Closed) Altering a Ballgown – is it possible?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

So you probably don’t want to hear this, but I love that dress on you and it doesn’t look like you’re drowning at all.

Post # 4
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

As far as I know, they can’t modify it that much. I tried on a few dresses like that and they made me look pregnant, so I had to go with a different style all together.

Post # 5
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


It should be possible to alter the gown, but because there is so much fabric in the back (which I think is gorgeous, btw!), the gown very well may need to be re-cut. 

Taking something like that in at the sides will certainly alter the fit, but it may not be a GOOD fit, since there is just a lot of fabric in the back. An A-line cut will necessitate getting rid of a lot of that extra.

Depending on your dress’ cost, you may want to simply find someone to sell it to and start over, since my honest opinion as someone who has been sewing for 10 years is that the bottom will need to be detached and redone.

Of course, I am not a professional seamstress – you should really go speak to someone who does those kinds of alterations on a regular basis.

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