Wedding bra – need advice and solutio…
My basic problem is this: I am trying to figure out what to wear UNDER my wedding dress. The dress has two features which make the bra issue difficult. The first is a very large and ornate keyhole opening in the back that extends down almost to the waistline and leaves the back almost entirely bare. And because of the shape and symmetry of the opening in the back, it’s not really possible to close it any. The second feature is that the dress is made of thin organza fabric, which makes it rather sheer. My size (36F) adds another problem.
My basic problem is this: I’m trying to figure out what to wear UNDER my wedding dress. The dress has two feature which make the bra issue difficult. The first is a very large and ornate keyhole opening in the back that extends down almost to the waistline and leaves the back almost entirely bare. And because of the shape and symmetry of the opening in the back, it’s not really possible to close it any. The second feature is that the dress is made of thin organza fabric, which makes it rather sheer. My size (36F) adds another problem.
After a month of searching, I found a backless/strapless F-cup bra that fits me, but it still shows some in the back. In addition, the boning of the bra shows through the dress. I honestly don’t know what to do about these problems. Going braless is obviously not an option, and neither are the stick-on cups (which don’t exist in my size anyway). I tried one of those “bra converter” straps with my regular bra, but that’s unworkable because of the shape of the opening. I found a convertible bra possibility online, but it only comes in black and it looks like it would be hard to get it to go low enough. Finding another backless/strapless bra in my size is unlikely, although I’m still looking. And
Meanwhile, a few folks have suggested some sewing alterations, which I might attempt to make myself since I’m on a tight budget. Since I’m an amateur seamstress, I’d like to know from some experts, how feasible are the following alterations?
1. Sewing a liner in the dress. I don’t know if it’s dangerous to do that with a lightweight fabric. In addition, both the back and front of the dress have elaborately shaped cutouts which would make it very difficult (I would think) to make a liner look right. An alternative to a liner might be to create a slip-like garment to wear underneath.
2. Sewing a bra into the dress. There are a few potential issues here, I think. There’s the fact that the dress is see-through and lightweight, and there’s the fact that I’m an F-cup. A bridal salon I called didn’t recommend sewn-in cups for my size.
3. Lining the bra. This would involve covering the boning of the bra with some other fabric. It seems like this would be possible; I’ve just never heard of it having been done before. Although it would help with the see-through problem, it wouldn’t solve the exposed bra problem.
4. Covering up the exposed back strap with something – I’m just not sure what it would be. I’d need something that would cover about a 2 inch by 4.5 inch area, which is a lot. In addition, the opening in the back is symmetric with the top, and the addition, whatever it is, would destroy that symmetry.
5. Folding the top hooks of the back of the bra down and sewing them in place. I know I can do this, but I have a couple of big concerns. One is that the alteration would show through. The other concern is that, when I’ve just unhooked the top few hooks to try out this alternative, I lose a LOT of support because the bra starts to move around and pull away from my breasts.
I’m also wondering if it is possible to create or modify some other undergarment that might work? I’ve started to look for one of those lycra bodysuit-shapers, but the problem, as with the bra, is finding something that works for an F cup and that goes low enough in the back.
Thanks for reading this. Any thoughts, ideas and suggestions are appreciated!!