(Closed) Can you turn an a-line dress into a ball gown by adding a hoop skirt?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s pretty close to a ballgown anyway, so if you have a big hoop under it, it will def satisfy any desires your Fiance has to see you in a ballgown.

Just remember that it will make the skirt shorter, so tell your seamstress what you’re doing before making any length alterations. 

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could maybe just even add more crinoline and not have to bother with a hoop. I’d talk to your seamstress. 

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with WhiteRoseRed.  You should preferably have the hoop before you go for alterations so the seamstress can see what alterations are needed.

Post # 6
527 posts
Busy bee

It depends on how your a-line skirt is cut.  A ball gown style skirt is much fuller and has enough fabric to accommodate a hoop.  With an a-line you should probably just stick to a crinoline petticoat for added fullness. 

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