Is It Possible to Turn a Pencil Skirt into a Flared Skirt?
(Sacramento, CA, USA)
Full picture of the dress in question
This summer I am going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding. The bride wants us to wear navy J. Crew dresses. I absolutely abhor my upper arms and thus was looking for a dress with sleeves -- unfortunately, there is only one specific bridesmaid dress that has sleeves, and I know it would look bad on me.
Hence, I've decided to try to make a navy office wear dress of theirs work. The issue: the dress has a pencil skirt, and I only look good in flared skirts. Would it be possible to:
A) Have a seamstress alter the pencil into a flare with just the fabric at hand by taking the darts out of the pencil skirt?
B) If A is impossible because there simply isn't enough material, could I buy a duplicate of the dress, rip off the skirt portion of it, and have the seamstress construct a flared skirt out of the two materials' worth of skirt? If so, would they be able to do it an a pretty, classy way that wouldn't obviously show big seams?
I know a lot of this might depend on the quality of the seamstress I go to -- trust me, I will try to go to the best seamstress I can find. I just want to know if any of this is possible from an alteration/sewing standpoint.