Post # 1
Do you think (or know, if there are any seamstresses on here!) someone could take this dress: (Mori Lee 1612)
And give it like a ruched satin cummerbund type waist, to give it even more of a nautral waist/ballgown silhouette, like these:
Justin Alexander 8512 (sadly discontinued )
I am just having a hard time finding all the elements I want in one dress, do I’m curious about the possibility of altering a dress to my vision.
Thank you bees! <3
Post # 3
I definitely think so! I think it might just be a matter of recreating the belt/sash on your dress and making it more like the cumberbund on the other MoriLee or Justin Alexander.
I just had some pretty major alterations done to my dress. I went from an a-line to more of a fit n flare, so never underestimate a great seamstress!
Post # 4
Not really. You need to have more fabric at the waist in order to create the fullness you are looking for. The cut of the skirts is not the same for the models shown. A far stretch would be to get the dress a few size bigger. The seamstress would have to alter to top of the dress to fit you and could create fullness by getting the skirt to fit the top (I don’t know if I make sense?). That would cost you a pretty penny though and I don’t know if you would find someone willing to do it.
Good luck finding what you are looking for.
Post # 5
If you are just looking to add a cummerbund to change the lines of the bodice, then yes, that can be done pretty easily.
If you are hoping to change the lines of the skirt to something fuller and rounder, then, as goodgenie notes, that’s going to be a lot more challenging. Just adding a cummerbund to the bodice isn’t going to add any volume to the skirt.
The alteration khf777 describes, from A-line to fit-and-flare, involves taking the skirt in. That type of alteration is usually pretty achievable. The silhouette you’re looking for would require you to add material to the skirt – much more difficult to do successfully.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for responding!
I’m pretty short and when I tried on the Mori Lee 1612, it was far too long, so I was wondering if someone could insert that satin ruched panel in the middle, and then I guess pull the skirt up under it, giving them extra dress to work with?
I’m not overly stressed about the cost. The first dress is well under budget, so it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have to spend a bit more on alterations to make it fit my vision! 🙂
Post # 7
or heck, if anyone knows of an EXISTING dress that combines those features, I’m all ears! haha
Post # 8
@FutureMrsFishy: yes, didn’t think of that. If your skirt is long and the seamstress adjusts the dress by the waist, than you may get that fulless. Is there a seam at the waist or is it one continuous panel. That may affect the alterations. Also, how much fullness depends on how much she has to shorten the dress.
As far as adding a rushing panel a skilled seamstress could definitely do it. I know how to sew but wouldn’t consider myself a professional seamstess and I have done it in the past (to attach a tank top and skirt to make a dress).
Post # 9
Jasmine’s is a dress shop in China that usually re creates designer dresses on the cheap, but they can also create custom dresses and combine two dresses if that’s what you want. I’ve never used them, but a lot of girls on this site have had good things to say about them. I’m not sure if you’d like them though, I think it really depends a lot on how picky you are about things like the type of fabric, designer names, etc. but it might be worth it to check it out.
Post # 10
St. Patrick Rene has a similar feel
Post # 11
Thank you all so much! I’ve been fighting off a rising dress panic, and you’ve all made me feel so much better!!! I’m also going to email a few friends who are theatrical costume designers to get their thoughts as well, but seriously, feeling about a hundred times better!