(Closed) Want to turn my full a-line dress into a ball gown, not sure how…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love this dress as is but I am not a huge fan of puff.  If you want to add more up top, I would discuss with the person doing your alterations to see what they thought was possible.  They should be able to add more crinoline up higher to get the look you want.  You may be limited by how much fabric is there since this dress was not designed this way but maybe they could alter the skirt material.  You won’t know until you try and if it is something you really want, I say go for it.

Beautiful dress either way!

Post # 4
460 posts
Helper bee

@jld355:  it looks puffy enough on the link you provided… does it not look like that on you?

Post # 5
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Try a hoop skirt! One with three hoops. 

Post # 6
17 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

Your seamstress may be able to sew in another layer off crinoline higher up in the dress, but bear in mind that each layer you add will shorten your hem.  Do you have extra length to play with, or will you be willing to wear flats if needed?  Your seamstress might POSSIBLY (depending on how the skirt is cut and put together, be able to make the front more ball gownish by disassembling the skirt from the top, raising the skirt at the waist (instead of doing any hemming at the bottom) and using the extra width this will create (meaning the new lower line of your skirt will have a wider circumference than it used to, and that extra could be used to create some gathers or pleats, which is where volume begins in a ball gown.  because of the lace at the waistband of your skirt, which would all have to be removed down to where the new line will be, and then replaced,  you may 1.  pay a lot of money  2.  have to wear flats, and 2. lose some of your lace detail in the process of shortening the skirt this way.   Your seamstress will tell you if all thats even possible:)



Post # 7
22 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

the 2513 is beautiful in itself but i get what you mean about the magic of a ballgown 🙂 i’m no expert when it comes to alterations so my advise is the same as the others. consult a real good one, that is a lovely creation you’re handling 🙂 good luck and let us know how it goes!

Post # 8
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like the dress the way it is and agree that you get the same effect as the ballgown, as the PP pointed out.  good luck!

Post # 9
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

A good way for the seamstress to achieve the look you are wanting is to install a layered “peplum” crinolin….they should know what this means. Essentially it is 3 or 4 layers of crinolin in a peplum shape just underneth your waist. This will give more lift at the top of your dress 🙂 hope that helps.

Post # 10
1291 posts
Bumble bee

This is really hard to do – I know because I was in the same predicament. I orderdered allure 8756 and wanted a full ball gown, but the underskirt was only a full A. The issue with adding more poof to the top is that the skirt starts to buckle and bunch up. My seamstress was able to let out the seams a bit to allow for more poof at the waist, but not much.

Here’s my dress with no crinoline at all (disregard the blakc jacket):

With just a crinoline (not enough poof at the hip):

Then my seamstress added more crinoline at the waist, but the underskirt started to bunch/buckle (you can kinda see it at the waist):

So my seamstress let out the seams a bit but also had to remove some of the crinoline to get rid of the bunching – final product:

So this is all to say, it depends how many pleats your dress has at the waist/how much fabric allowance there is to ensure that the dress doesn’t bunch up. You can add crinoline tulle around hte waist of your cironoline and see how far you can go.

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

omg I have been searching for this answer lol. I just purchased the Mikaella 1813. Its so much prettier in person… I am obesedded with the Kenneth pool amour but way to much money. I love my dress but need it to poof out instead of lay flat.  The seamstress said she could separate the top layer of tulle from the rest which wil give it more folds vs being so flat. Does that make sense?

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