Halter Help

If you have the perfect figure, you can get away with wearing the Willowby Levanna.

What these photos don’t show is the fact that the side edges flare away from the body as they reach the waistline. Cleverly, this model is holding her arm flat against that area.

How about this for a headdress?

(Sorry the photos are so small but the larger ones did not appear in some browsers. For better photos, you have to click on the link above)


When a real bride wears this dress and the flare happens, all there is to do is to release the front side panel and drop it as little as is allowed with that big clump of folded-under lining. I was able to drop it and trim it about 1/2 inch and re-stitch it in place but the waistband is sheer too.

After the second try-on, the flare was still there and the bride says she will try to tape the dress to herself. I hear this all the time but tape can release in hot weather and cause problems.




Last week Scott Disick and Sophia Richie were in Italy and she didn’t quite get the bust tape stuck on well enough to keep her wrap dress closed:












So, thinking of my bride exposing the tape and possibly some side boob, I tried something else. First, I measured the length of the edge from halter neck to waistband which was 15 inches.

Then I ran a tight white running stitch from the bust to the waist along the outside edge, tightening a little every few inches but not enough to look gathered.

Then it was re-measured and the length was lessened another 1/2 inch which caused it to “cup” inwards toward the body. Hooray!

Here you can see the results and also the bust pads that were trimmed on each pointed edge to fit snugly into the halter margins.

The halter neck strap needed to be shortened 2 inches, so the 2 snaps were relocated along with adding another one in the middle to make it all secure.

The front outside view:






Full length view before steaming:


The bride opted for no bustle and will just carry her train around all day.














Let’s finish with some fresh veggies!

With 4 more months of brides left this year and the temps going back up to the 100’s next week as we crawl into September, I think it will be Squash month for sure with the Butternut ones growing larger and heavier by the day!!! The Autumn raspberries have gone crazy as well so I should have more photos next time!

When summer temps are too high to go out and exercise, take a peek at these vintage exercises you can do right in your own home…no need to visit a gym!

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14 Responses to Halter Help

  1. Bernadette Pian Williams says:

    Hi Mrs Mole- Just wanted to let you know that the first few photos in your post are not linking- in this email or the actual blog post. Cheers, and thank you for sharing! Best, Bernadette

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you, Bernadette, I have changed the photos but you really have to click the link to see the model close up. Don’t know why the first photos didn’t appear.

  2. Theresa in Tucson says:

    That first pic on the catalog model looks positively photo shopped in the waist area, or maybe it’s the way she’s posed. I got a giggle out of the exercises but they are correct, you can get a workout doing chores.
    Theresa in Tucson

  3. Fabrickated says:

    It’s the exposed t!t tape that is shocking! I’d rather look at your tomatoes.

  4. Susie says:

    Wow, I’m surprised that narrow front covers anyone. Glad you tightened things up!

  5. Rena says:

    Really we should be called boob engineers 😉

    • mrsmole says:

      No kidding, Rena!!! We are either adding to them or trying to cover them up or prop them up!

    • erniek3 says:

      I was joking yesterday that when I’m making pants, what I really do is make a box your butt fits in, and that can be my pattern line.
      Although I didn’t say butt.
      I hope she doesn’t lose any weight before the ceremony. Spirit glue works better than tape. Still, your solution is subtle and solid. If the panels wrapped a bit more to the back, this probably would not be an issue, but the style as shown is very popular.

  6. mrsmole says:

    Wish brides came with Velcro under their arms and on the side seams!!! We have our work cut out for us Stephanie!

  7. Tia Dia says:

    What a pretty dress. And I love your solution to the problem. You’re such an excellent problem solver, Mrs. Mole!

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