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« on: June 08, 2006 06:53:31 AM »

I love halter and cross-back tops and dresses but I cannot (for health and safety reasons) go without a bra.  Strapless bras are OK, but if the dress is lower cut than the bra, it aint happenin'  Smiley

Here's my idea (using Simplicity 4581 as an example):

You make up the pattern as normal, but at the you get enough elastic to go around the rib cage and sew it to the front bodice piece.  You don't sew it to the back of the dress, but attactch bra clasps to the elastic which then fasten in the normal way, underneath the zip.

Because of the way the "cups" are formed, these should provide enough support to go without!

Is this a go, or am I missing something really obvious?

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006 07:35:20 AM »

I love the higher back idea!!

I have used swimsuit cups on halters I have made to lift up and hold up the boobage!  They have sort of an elastic band around already but unless it is tighter on the back, it doesn't work as well--I think combined with the higher back would make it perfect!! Plus, it would cover up some of the back fat, eh? hee hee

d'uh--not sure why I didn't think of it!!


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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2006 08:20:25 AM »

If you figure out how to make it work, you so need to post a tut, because I'd love to make one!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2006 08:50:28 AM »

You're totally right, it's a great idea-- I work with a lot of bridal gowns that have the same thing.   Sometimes it's elastic, sometimes it's just a wide ribbon that goes under the bust and fastens in the back, but they're an absolute godsend for a strapless dress!
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2006 09:24:23 AM »

That's a great idea! Why not try making the dress w/ muslin, incorperate your idea, and see how it works before you do the real thing?
Then you can let us know how it worked out!
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2006 02:31:19 PM »

wow that would be so cool. i havent done a dress yet only a skirt so i'd be really interested to see how this turns out.
I did have the best big boob strapless bra in the world, and it was astonishing. i used to wear it with little vests just like thin girls! heaven. then all the silicone sticky stuff came off the bottom and the wires came out, and i sewed them in again in bra-resucitation efforts but it failed. is there anything sadder than the loss of a favourite bra?  Cry Cry

hope the dress works!  Grin


« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2006 07:36:51 PM »

Sounds like a pretty sweet idea.  I've always wanted a halter dress, but of course there is the cursed boobage issue.  Thanks for posting this!  I just might give it a try!

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2006 07:58:43 AM »

good idea! i generally make the parts around the bust line really tight. it makes it really hard to get into the dang shirt, but it helps. ive also resorted to adding ties right under m boobs

i must try this out sometime

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2006 09:07:11 PM »

Sounds like a doable idea to me, but in my case that would have to be some serious heavy-duty stitching on the bodice-I would be bustin' seams without my bra! Shocked

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2006 09:41:38 PM »

My friend's Mom sewed cups into her halter top.  I didn't pay attention as to how she did it.  I just was surprised to see them in the top.  They looked just like a bra.  Maybe they were and were decontructed to fit in the halter top.  It had an excellent polished look to them.
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