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HELP …PROM DRESS ALTERATION

Nancy_S | Posted in Fitting on

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I need to alter a prom dress that actually fits fine, but my daughter wants to lose the “poufiness” of the skirt ,,actually to reduce the fullness of the gathered skirt. The dress is a ballet style (corset top, gathered skirt, crinoline underslip, looks like two pieces, but is actually one, skirt attaches under edge of corset top. No zipper is involved, it is on the top part only, skirt consists of two back pieces and one front, straight cut, no bias). What is the best and most professional way to reduce the fullness without ruining the look of the dress? After the skirt is reduced, can the attached crinoline underslip remain as is or do I need to reduce the fullness of that also? And she would like to eliminate the spaghetti straps and have a capped sleeve or very wide strap, using the extra skirt fabric…Can capped sleeves be added or is the corset style too low in the back(bra strap level)? Need help ASAP thank you!!

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  1. marie_bucuvalas | | #1

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    I'd guess take the skirt off and take out the width at the seams, and then re-attatch it. It's hard to say without looking, but an excellent reference for how these gowns are constructed is Susan Klaje's wedding dress book, the title of which escapes me at the moment. Remember, it's only a costume, and good luck.

    1. Nancy_S | | #2

      *thanks for the book title. I'll check it out. You suggestion sounds very simple and logical and I guess it is what I figured I would do all along, But with no material to back up a mistake, I was hesitant to start. Guess I'll just take a deep breath and begin. I don't know about you, but I would much rather make a garment from scratch than alter a ready made one.

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