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« on: October 25, 2007 05:26:38 PM »

Hello, there!  I'm relatively new to sewing, but I'm catching on.  I want to make a strapless dress for a Christmas party, and I was thinking about sewing it to a strapless bra.  Is this a bad idea?  What would be the best way to fasten the dress in the back?  I haven't put in a zipper yet, mostly because I don't want to try and change the foot on my machine, but I'm willing to try it.  This is the dress I'm basing my pattern on:

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There are certainly people who know a lot more about this than me, but I know I sometimes have the problem of my strapless bra falling down -- less so when the bra really fits well, but can you imagine if you had the weight of a dress attached to it too?  Are you using a pattern, or making it up as you go?   Most strapless dresses have some kind of internal structure - usually vertical strips of boning in multiple spots.  Patterns will usually have directions telling you one way to put in the boning, but there are many different ways to do it.  Dresses are usually fastened with a zipper in the back - I think an invisible zipper gives the nicest finish, plus a little hook and eye at the top to keep the zipper from getting pulled apart.  There are whole books on sewing formalwear - you might want to check one out from your local library to get an idea of how it all comes together.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 07:55:05 PM »

Instead of having to buy a bra for the dress, you can get bra cups from a sewing store that you can sew into the top of the dress.  Cheaper, and more comfortable, since you won't have a strap going around the back.

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 07:30:07 PM »

Thanks for the input.  I don't have a pattern, per se.  I'm winging it, with a Simplicity dress pattern for general guidance in the proportion area.  I had a thought in the back of my head that I wanted the dress to be backless...or at least low-backed, but I don't know how to make it both backless and strapless without boning (which I'm not skilled enough to do well)...

The idea I had with the bra was to use the bra 1) to structure the top of the dress (I'm a bit busty, so if I can shape the top around a well-fitted bra, it'll stay up on its own), and then leave straps in the back (loose from the side seams) in line with the bra strap.  They'd tie in the back to both cover the bra strap, and help keep the dress up, so as not to put all the stress on the bra.  I don't think there was actually a 2, there...sorry.

But yeah, and then I was going to fit the front panels to my waist , and let the back drape loosely from the side seams.  I'm going to either get a friend with similar measurements, or make a papertape dress form, to make sure it'll drape the way I think it will before I sew, but logically, it ought to work.  Right?

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