(Closed) How easy is it to turn a ball gown into… not a ball gown?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

talk to your seamstress. you can easily cut out a lot of the tulle, and then you might need to take in the skirt just a little so it doesn’t fall weirdly.

also, have you tried this dress on? i’m guessing the model is wearing a hoop, in which case it would definitely be easy to have the dress fall flatter.

Post # 4
8734 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you been able to go into a store and try it on?

It may not even be as full as the pictures show. Often they add even more crinoline to make the dress that full.

One of my top contenders is actually a dress that comes with a hoop and lots of tulle. Here’s the picture on the  model:


And here it is on me with hoop removed and tulle pulled back and away:

Post # 5
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i haven’t yet done it, so i’m probably not much help, but i have the exact same situation (and body type) and every consultant i’ve spoken to while dress shopping has said it is an easy alteration.  I agree with you though it makes me nervous to buy a dress that way because you never know exactly if it will turn out the way you think/hope.

For now, i’m still looking for that perfect ballgown style not-a-ballgown dress 🙂

Post # 7
8734 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@evangeline: The designer is Sassi Holford. Her dresses are great! I’m a cuvry gal too, Narrow waist and broad hips.

Most flattering dresses I’ve tried on are dropped waist or modified A-line.

The overlay on the Sassi Holford is organza as well (design is called Heidi).

Post # 9
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

see if your local Maggie Sottero dealer can borrow the sample for you to try  (if I recognized the photo correctly).  I’m an hourglass and I’m wearing a trumpet shape.  I thought I wanted an A-line or ballgown to balance my chest but dress after dress it’s been mermaid/trumpet for my body shape.  My advice is try on dresses of all shapes before you set your heart on a picture.  

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