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« on: March 28, 2006 10:46:52 AM »

I adore the simplicity of uberhippie's halter dress. I also think this style dress would be flattering on me -- just enough room to hide my fluffier parts while emphasizing the bust. She says in her post that it's fully lined, which got me to wondering about including one of those little built-in shelf supports. There's no way I could go braless, and I wouldn't want to ruin the lovely look of a pretty summer backless halter dress with a bra strap.

So far, I have two ideas: cannibalize an existing support bra, or try to design one. To make one from scratch, I think stretchy fabric and elastic would do as well as the Target-bought one I have on right now. What do y'all think?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006 12:00:16 PM »

thats a very good question.. i have quite big boobs myself and i want a halter dress and im really trying to figure out a way how to do this.. those stick-on bra things are probably terrible :p
if you find out, PLEASE let me know! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2006 12:12:30 PM »

gals there is a great article on this in this month's threads magazine (www.threadsmagazine.com) - you can pick one up at a regular bookstore like a barnes and noble. there are instructions and pictures of how to build foundation into a dress, including halter top and backless styles.

good luck! i wanna see pictures when you finish!


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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 05:51:11 PM »

Thanks for the info, Stereoette! I'll check it out and report back with my success.
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2006 05:13:00 PM »

wow... I was reading that same article in Thread Magazine too
And the article got me thinking about making a halter backless dress (butterick B4512 in fact) because I usually avoid anything that requires me to go braless.

I already purchased bra cups, hooks and elastics since they are having a sale at fabricland here in Canada and will proceed... hopefully... this weekend.

But I thinking of making the halter, backless support thingy a little bit differently because just wrapping it around the bust doesn't seem like enough support... So I'm thinking of working with two long elastics, crisscross them at the front under the bust, then attached them at low back or the waist stay....Anyway, I'll have to see if it works out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2006 05:58:48 PM »

I made a dress like this last summer. I would never go braless. Anyway my style was modified a little so that the back was a little higher than the one by uberhippie. (mid back instead of small of back.) I cannibalized a bra, took off some of the back strap and the shoulder straps. I sewed the bra into the front of the dress. (along the remaining backstrap, and at the top of each cup.think halter top bathing suit where I got the idea) It offers decent support. hope this helps
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2006 07:57:30 AM »

Smiley, I tried cannibalizing a bra to sew into the dress, but I can't figure out how to place the cups! I'm sure it would be much easier if I either had a dress form or another set of hands. Do you remember any tricks you could share for the actual sewing in of the bra?

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2006 08:46:35 AM »

Smiley, I tried cannibalizing a bra to sew into the dress, but I can't figure out how to place the cups! I'm sure it would be much easier if I either had a dress form or another set of hands. Do you remember any tricks you could share for the actual sewing in of the bra?


I'm not Smiley, but I had to chop up an old bra for parts when I made my bathing suit.  What I did was, I put the bra on, put the suit on, and then carefully pinned them together while they were still on me. The pins were on the outside, but after I took all of it off, I repinned it from the inside.  I basically ended up sewing the whole bra in except for the straps.  I sewed the cups in, sewing right on existing seams to secure the cups.  I only sewed the back to the suit on the sides, so that it could still be adjustable for monthly fluctuation in boobage.Then I used the ring and slider thingies from the straps to make the bathing suit straps adjustable in case I got to feeling slutty and really wanted to hike up the girls  Wink. The bra was one of those unlined underwires in kind of a stretchy jersey fabric.

I haven't had time to use the halter dress pattern I have, but I plan on using a variation of the above method for the dress since it worked so well on the suit.

« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2006 11:10:21 AM »

what is the title of the article? i cant find anything about it on the website

im new... be nice!
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