Post # 1
Hi everyone! I found a dress by Sophia Tolli that I really really like. It has all the details I want in a dress (illusion neckline, lace, buttoned back, etc.). I’m hoping to try it on in a few weeks at a local bridal shop. My only concern is that the dress is listed as an A-line (although in the pictures it looks a little more fitted than a tradtional A-line?) I was wondering if any of you have experience with converting an A-line dress into a more fitted style. I don’t want it to be as dramatic as a mermaid style, but I would like it slightly more fitted throughout the thighs than it is now. Is that something that would be possible through alterations? And do you think it would make the dress look funny? Any insight would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
It should be possible but best to talk to the in store seamstress (if they have one) to be sure
Post # 3
I think you are overthinking. Don’t worry about the label for the dress, your only concern should be how it fits you and your feelings about it. If you want to make changes to the dress like making it more fitted, then it probably isn’t your dress. It looks like you have lots of time to find one that you don’t want to make changes to.
For what it’s worth, I’ve seen my dress listed as an a line, but it’s not. It’s more of a fit and flare/mermaid.
Post # 4
kmott09: My Stella York 5838 was listed as a sheath, which I didn’t realize until I after I purchased because when pinned it did seem more of a fit and flare.
I brought this up to my tailor and she brought it in a little around the natural flare to make it more of a fit and flare– I think it looked better to me, but obviously depends on your dress and what your seamstress thinks.
And I agree don’t be too hung up on the style listed, but on how the dress looks when it’s on you.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
The pictures that you posted look like a fit and flare. There is a thread devoted to the topic of converting an aline to a fit and flare. The bee posted it in the last year and you should be able to find it by typing “converting a-line to fit and flare” in the search box.
Post # 6
delphinia: I thought it looked like a fit and flare too but it’s listed as an A-line on the website. I’ll search for that thread! I’m new here so I didn’t think to look for other posts first. Thanks 🙂
Post # 7
kmott09: I converted my lace dress from an A-line to a fit and flare with no problem. I keep kicking myself that I never took a before picture – I do have a stock photo, but it doesn’t show the original shape of the dress as much as I’d like. It was a true A-line starting from the waist. My seamstress had no problem restructuring and it wasn’t even very expensive.
Post # 8
penguinwapi: Your dress is beautiful!