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Altering strapless prom gown
Kay Ellen
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Date: 3/23/13 6:37 PM

Hello everyone,
I am attempting my very first alteration of a strapless gown. This is a dress a friend of mine's daughter picked up in a 2nd hand store for $30, so it seemed like a good candidate for me to start on. I'm taking it in 1" on each side (1/2" per seam). She doesn't like the fact that she can see the bra cups outline through the fabric and wants me to remove them. The bodice has a total of 10 boning channels and she intends on wearing a strapless bra under the gown.

My question: Can I safely remove the bra cups? Will this impact the shape if she's wearing a bra or the fit of the bodice? Any and all comments welcome. Thanks in advance!

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Date: 3/23/13 6:43 PM

My question and I'm not trying to be smart.
If you can see the bra cups already, won't you see the bra she wears?

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Date: 3/24/13 2:21 AM

If she's intent on having the bra cups removed, I wouldn't do any alterations to the sides until she tries on the dress with the bra cups out and the bra she is going to wear. It could make a difference to the alteration.

Kay Ellen
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Date: 3/24/13 8:40 PM

Thank you both for your comments. What is seen is the outline of the bra cups. The bodice is a lined overlay, so it's 3 layers thick. However, the cups are just tacked into bodice between the 2 layers of lining and don't lay flat at all. Excellent suggestion on double checking the alteration after the cups are removed with the undergarments she intends on wearing with the dress. Thanks again!

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Date: 4/8/13 9:27 AM

Kay Ellen,
If the bra cups are between the dress fabric and the lining/boning layers, they are not there for much support, more for hiding parts of the anatomy The strapless bra will take care of that. Same result, just placed in a different spot.
I agree that you should fit her after the cups have been removed, and while wearing her strapless bra. If the dress doesn't have a waist stay, that is easy way to add additional support, too. There is a discussion on another thread Here
Scroll down about 8 posts to see the waist stay links.

I did a photo tutorial on taking in princess seams on a formal. It is
Here
Let us know how it turns out.
Maripat
-- Edited on 4/8/13 9:31 AM --

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