Post # 1
I’m so clueless. Do I buy a crinoline for underneath my dress, or does the seamstress who is doing my alterations buy it?
Long version: I have an A-line gown with a tulle skirt. It needs a bit more fullness and fluff, and the designer said the easiest way to achieve this was with a crinoline. So do I buy it myself? If so, where on Earth do I do that? (I’m only finding very full ones with hoops!) Or does my seamstress buy or make this and sew this in? I haven’t yet gone in for my first appointment, but I don’t want to show up emptyhanded if I’m supposed to have it.
Dresses are confusing, y’all.
Post # 3
@maydeco: I don’t think they can expect you to turn up with something you haven’t been told to bring along. When is the seamstress meeting? Could you make a quick phone call and find out if you need to arrange your own or not? If you can source your own it may be cheaper. I got my hoop off ebay and it was 1/4 price that the bridal store wanted to charge me for hire only of their hoops.
Post # 4
@maydeco: I used to work at a bridal salon, and I can tell you that you will definitely need to provide your own crinoline. You will need to bring all of your undergarments (including the slip) and your shoes to your first fitting to assure the most accurate fit. Most seamstresses won’t begin work if you don’t have your undergarments. The seamstress would never purchase a crinoline for you because they don’t know for sure that you will use it or the amount of extra crinoline you may want.
I would try just searching “ball gown slip” “ball gown crinoline”. I found a bunch of options on Ebay. If you aren’t comfortable purchasing from Ebay or other online routes you can buy slips from bridal salons like David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo, however, you will likely pay much more for them. It was recommended to me to try thrift shops since most people only need the slip for their wedding and then they sell it.
Post # 5
Ebay sells some REALLY great crinolines at an AMAZING price!
Post # 6
I bought a crinoline for my mermaid gown and it ended up being too poofy. Then my seamstress added layers of netting underneath the gown to give it some flare but not too much and I was stuck with a $75 poof skirt that is useless. U might talk with ur seamstress to see what options u have before u get stuck with a crinoline that might not be refundable.