(Closed) can my a-line dress be made to look more like trumpet/fit and flare?? HELP

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: can my dres be alterd to look more fitted
    yes : (7 votes)
    32 %
    no : (2 votes)
    9 %
    keep it as it is : (13 votes)
    59 %
  • Post # 4
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @soontobeGray:  I love the pleated lines of your gown. Your dress already fits you beautifully. And to answer your question: yes, it most certainly can be done. 

    The bad news? It will cost you a pretty penny to achieve the look you desire. Your dress is a full a-line with multiple leyers of fabric. So, it’s not just about taking the dress in to achive the dropped-waisted trumpet. Your seamstress will have to take each layer in (if you decide to alter it that way). 

    Also, the dress inspiration photos you posted all have one thing in common that your current gown very clearly does not: a seam where the skirt was sewn to the dropped bodice. This is where it gets a lot trickier because if you truly want this end-result, your seamstress cannot simply “take in” the layers. She will have to deconstruct the dress, cut the skirt away from the bodice, and then reattach the skirt to the dropped-waist bodice. 

    Another thing to point out is that all of the lovely pleated lines that I adore about your dress, might pose an obstacle for your seamstress if she simply decides to take in the layers to achieve the dropped waist (without the obvious seam). This is because the lines/pleats do not lend themselves to tightening without disrupting the deliberate fanned-out pattern created by the folds. 

    If you do choose to go ahead with you alterations (whether by taking the layers in or taking apart and reconstructing your dress), I would highly suggest speaking with an experienced seamstress about your options beforehand (as I am not one). Also…get a second (or third) opinon should the first seamstress tell you it cannot be done. It can be done, but sometimes they shut down customers when the desired alterations are beyond their abilities or patience/commitment levels. 

    I hope I have not discouraged you. I just don’t want you to be disappointed if it’s not as simple an alteration as you might have initially thought. 

    Post # 5
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I think your dress looks beautiful and suits your figure so nicely. It makes your waist look tiny and you look very tall, but also beautifully curvy. Personally I don’t like trumpet/mermaid dresses and think they are generally very unflattering. I would keep it as it is. 

    Post # 6
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s a bee on site that just had her a line dress change. She is posted on boards and on gallery. Her dress is all done you can see the final after. Her name on site is sofiekitty sorry I don’t know how to attach postings. 

    Post # 7
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    It can definitely be done but get a firm price from the seamstress and be sure the seamstress seems really competent. This will be an expensive change

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