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« on: August 04, 2008 03:54:20 PM »

Ok I have always admired the front "look" of a halter top  eg., link to a cute halter ... I just can't stand the bralessness of it and the horrid pull on my neck of the straps from a too ample chest with not enough support in the halter.  SO I am kind of wondering how you could achieve that front look and still be able to wear a bra and have the back be totally different.  You know what I mean?

« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008 07:15:44 PM »

Well, you could look for/ modify a pattern so that it has a much higher back portion, allowing for a good strapless underneath.

You could look for patterns that have a narrow back so you could sneak a racerback bra underneath.

You could build a summery top right onto a bra (permanently).
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008 05:54:45 AM »

I would like to be able to wear a strapless, but I just can't wear one.  Thats why I thought of modifying the back to cover for straps, you know?

« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008 06:41:42 AM »

I went looking for a dress pattern after I posted that, is was an old Vogue dress with a single central strap? in the center of the back that spread out as it went down toward the bustline (a big triangle pointed up) but aparently the pattern is discontinued. :/ That's what I had in mind when I was posting, sorry I couldn't show you a picture.

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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008 12:38:57 PM »

The halter you linked too could be done as a racer back tank of sorts. Instead of looping behind the neck, bring the straps the back, twist then attach to back panel of top, either in one big strap down the back(keep twisting downward, then attach), or in a big X design by twisting only in the middle then attaching like a tank. Either way would be very cute and allow you to wear either a regular bra or racer back style. I find halters are VERY flattering for bigger girls or larger busted girls. That particular style youve chosen is especially flattering and supportive. I wish I could draw you a picture of what I've described here, hopefully you get the idea.
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008 06:04:27 AM »

hmmm .. lots of ideas here.  I am going to sketch something up and ask another question about it in a little while (after work)

« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2008 12:15:21 AM »

I like the look of a halter as well but can't stand the "pain in the neck".  I usually take the straps and cross them in the back. 

I can usually take the existing straps and just cross them and attach them to the back (if the existing straps are long enough).  I can wear a real bra this way....if I wear my convertible one.

It usually helps to put the top on and have someone else cross the straps in the back for you (and pin in place where you will sew), this way they can make sure your bra straps are covered. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008 06:30:14 PM »

I like the look of a halter as well but can't stand the "pain in the neck".  I usually take the straps and cross them in the back. 

Something that anyone out there might want to keep in mind with halter tops that they already own:

A quick fix is to fold the neck strap and tie it off with a rubber band/hair tie...essentially putting your halter top in a pony tail. Admittedly, it does look like an odd tag back there at times, but not only does is relieve a lot of the pressure on your neck, but also gives the chest a little boost. We boobalicious girls need all the help we can get when going braless.

Sorry that it's not much help to the actual craft...but I'd hate to see someone mess up a halter they loved if this will help them. I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but when I did it - instant pressure relief, and the brewing headache vanished. Success enough for me!

Ooh! And racer backs make my heart sing. So comfy!
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008 09:51:09 AM »

What about one of those bras where the straps can change configurations? I have one that you can convert to a halter-top style and it well, much better than a strapless alone.
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2008 12:18:54 PM »

i agree i love the idea of the halter bra. or 6 in one type bras with removable straps
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