How about a Winter wedding dress? This model has the right idea…a woolly hat and a fleece jacket. Notice how the tiny triangles at the bust points are flat and cover her modesty/nipples pretty well while the rest of the dress is essentially see-thru? Not just any bride could carry this off and feel confident. There is also no back coverage either…what a surprise!
My bride is generously endowed and there is lots of side boob exposed so something has to be added to contain those puppies. The side bodice edges gap and with the addition of some sort of sheer patch, I can snug up the sides as well thus killing two birds with one stone.
A piece of linen pinned into the area helps with the gaping and stabilizes the back strap as well once it is also shortened.
Taking the linen as a pattern, I can cut 4 layers of tulle:
Making French seams at the top edge also gives more stability to the soft tulle.
We need a basted placement line for the next step of pinning.
Once pinned in, the gaping lace can be tightened and snugged up along the lower edge.
Now the front sits better and all that is left is to shorten straps and hem 2 layers of satin and trim off all that tulle to floor level with no bustle.
As I handle and baste the straps, I think adding some Stay Tape down the middle of the straps might help with stretching as we need something strong to keep the breasts from drooping in front. Once attached by hand, it should help.
Basted with red thread…and ready for second try-on:
Try-on with the real body…more adjusting and snugging and wishing I could have made the section bigger to cover more!!! You can see the lower drag lines under the bust but as this dress has no boning and falls into the category of “nightgown”, there is nothing left to do.
The front view was very revealing so the bride asked if I could drop the teeny tiny triangle pads but I said I should ADD to them lower down. Here is a teardrop pad with a line drawn where it will be trimmed and attached to the upper one:
Using the serger to make a clean top edge to attach to the original pads:
The inside view with pads attached by hand:
The outside view with more coverage:
Back view with 6 inches trimmed off of the train and no bustle:
Whatever your New Year projects are, I hope they go smoothly and the inspiration carries on for 2019! Welcome to all the new followers!