Post # 1
do you all think this dress can be made into a mermaid style? this dress is about 14 years old, i love the top of it and the lace but hate the bottom. does anyone know if anything can be done to it? at $150 its worth a try right?
Post # 3
Possible? Yes. Worth all the work? Probably not, unless you have a sentimental connection to this dress.
This dress has a dirndl skirt, which would need to be detached from the bodice, gathers removed, and reattached, plus shaping for the mermaid. You’ll easily pay another $150 to a seamstress to do all of that and still may not be pleased with the end result. You’d be better off starting off with something closer in silhouette.
Also, I wouldn’t say that a dress that’s only 14 years old is vintage.
Post # 4
@DomesticDiva: let me rephrase, the dress was bought 14 years ago but im not sure how old the actual dress is. 🙂
but youre right it might be alot of work and not worth the headache
Post # 5
Honestly, I wouldn’t have that alteration done either. I think the design is really well balanced and I can’t see it working well as a mermaid.
I can’t really tell from the photos, but it’s possible the bodice of the dress is made from a different fabric than the skirt. You could theoretically remove the skirt and have a mermaid style skirt made and sewn in, but I really think it should be left as-is.