Any seamstresses out there – alter mermaid into aline or ballgown?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
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Busy bee

I’ve done a lot of costuming and have done many things to transform dresses, but I admit this is a new one to me. My moto is usually that nothing in impossible, but I can’t imagine trying to do this in a way that could possibly work well.

You’d be taking a tight dress and trying to make it bigger in a way that I’m sure hte dress wasn’t originally cut to do. You can sometimes let a dress out a add a few sizes, but this would be changing a dress shape entirely. I recently made a A line into more of a trumpet or I guess you could say fit and flare. It was taken in to hug the hips, but the reverse is entirely a different thing. You don’t want to ruin your dress trying to do this, it could happen!

You didn’t provide a picture of the dress, but unless it’s a dress with a bodice that can be easily separated, then worn with a skirt that is A line or ball gown I don’t think so. Looks like you have a few months before your wedding. Up to you how you want to spend the rest of your time, but if it was me I’d check charity shops and see if there’s any ballgowns  or a lines out there. Maybe you can find a dress that needs a home and you could wear for your ceremony and wear your mermaid at the reception.

Why do you want to change? do you not like your dress? I bet it’s beautiful and you don’t need a new dress, care to share pictures? Maybe the bees can help. 🙂

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