Post # 1
My dress is a mermaid, but I want more of a modified A-Line. Does anyone think that would be possible?
My dress fits me now, so I didn’t order a size bigger which means I don’t have any extra fabric (but I do plan on losing at least 20 lbs before the wedding, so maybe?)
but I also know that if you order a dress too small, most dresses can be taken out a size or two, right? I mainly need it let out in the thigh area.
Here is me in my dress:(unaltered)
This is me in a different dress but the silhouette I want:
Does anyone think this would be possible? I guess I just want it let out in the thighs a little, and to get rid of the harsher “mermaid” separation? Has anyone ever done this before?
Post # 3
I think you should talk to a seamstress about it! It would probably require letting it out a bit below the hip and possible taking in the bottom of the skirt to create a smoother line, but I’m not sure. It’s at least feasible!
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Your dress doesn’t look like a true mermaid. Or a more defined mermaid gown where its super tight in the middle, so I think it will be possible to change it into an a-line. You should definitely consult with an seamstress or the shop where you purchased the gown.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Honestly, I think the way your dress looks now is much nicer than the alternative. It will be more expensive and less flattering.
It might be possible if you lose as much weight as you say you will- the shape of the seam will have to be altered, it’s not just a matter of having extra room.
Post # 6
Why would you want to alter your dress? It’s beautiful and much more flattering than what you’re considering, IMO. You have such a nice hourglass figure and your dress shows it off beautifully, you look way more proportionate and contrary to what you may believe it’s actually a lot more slimming than the alternative.
I completely understand where you’re coming from though, I have major issues with my bum and thighs and it took me a long time to realize I don’t look hideous in pencil skirts! lol
Anyway, I would sleep on it if I were you. I’m pretty sure your dress can be altered but at least wait until you’ve lost weight. You may find yourself wanting to show off your new slimmer figure! 🙂
Post # 7
I think you look great in either shape, but I do prefer the shape you are considering altering it to. I know the other way around is possible, but I don’t know if you can let it out at the hips. Lace dresses are difficult to alter (I have a lace dress too). Some of them can’t be let out at all, because the top layer is a see through overlay with no extra fabric at the seam. Ask a seamstress, they can do pretty amazing things.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! Yeah, a lot of people seem to like the mermaid better on me, but I just feel uncomfortable in it. Not even just about my body, but literally, it’s not comfortable to me! It makes me feel restricted and almost claustrophobic. I have horrible anxiety so I don’t want anything that could even possibly add more anxiety on my wedding day! If I can’t get it altered, I will just have to accept it, but I’m really hoping it will be possible!
I plan on talking to a seamstress soon, I’m just in the process of trying to find one! (I bought my dress online from another state, so I can’t ask the people I bought it from)