(Closed) Changing an A-line gown to a Ball gown

posted 4 years ago in Dress
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Is there fabric in the seams of the skirt? Those can be let out but it probably will not be eanough but talk to the seamstress

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Helper bee

I tried on this dress, it was between this and the dress I chose.  I think you can make this into a ballgown easily with a fuller petticoat underneath.  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall

You can make it fuller with more layers of crinolin under it, but technically it will always be an A-line. What makes a ballgown a ballgown is the construction at the waist, not the fullness. A true ballgown has some sort of gathering or pleating around the top of the skirt and an A-line is shaped like an A, gradually getting fuller at the bottom. You can have a very full A-line or a not-so-full ballgown. 

I think it would be beautiful with a fuller skirt. You would want to have your seamstress look at it. It looks like the outer skirt could easily go fuller, but the lining may or may not allow for more crinolin. 

The other thing to remember is the length. The more you push the skirt out, the shorter it gets. If you are on the tall side, you don’t want to risk making it too short.

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