Post # 1
So I was drooling over a Monique Lhiullier dress. It is my dream dress for the price of a rather nice automobile, so I found a similar Mori Lee dress at a trunk show for a fraction of the price. I even like the skirt better. However, I am starting to not like the bodice so much. I really dislike too much boning and I feel it looks a bit like a breast plate. I prefer the ML dress’s bodice because it’s more organic and natural looking. Do you think I could have a seamstress remove the boning and cinch things up so it looks flatter and more natural? I’m rather small chested, but here is a photo of me in the sample and a photo of the Monique dress.
Post # 3
You could ask a seamstress if it’s possible. The main issue with removing the boning is “what will hold the dress up?”
From the photo – you don’t look too “breast plate-like” – looks like a regular strapless dress to me.
I’d personally keep the dress as-is to avoid any unanticipated problems from messing with the structure of the gown (kind of like removing a load bearing wall from a house!). Or keep looking! You’ve got time and there’s tons of dresses out there (and more being designed every day!).
Post # 4
it probably NEEDS the boning. That dress looks heavily structured. You definitely don’t look like you have a big plate strapped on! The dress would probably sag and stretch at the waist if it didn’t have the structure in there, holding up what looks to be like a heavy skirt!
Also, talk to the designer of the dress–or the shop, whatever. A lot of places can do some sort of customization for a fee.
Post # 5
I bought this dress the day I tried it on because the skirt was exactly what I was hoping for. With any luck the smaller size that I ordered will be a little tighter in the chest. I sure wasn’t filling up this one much! I just dislike the idea of dancing with my new husband and having this plastic barrier between us! I guess I’ll just wait and see? Here’s a closer photo of the bodice.
Post # 6
You look super good in that dress!!! And very happy I might add.. to be honest I like the dress you are in better then the other!
Post # 7
to me, it looks like the dress in the first picture has the same level of structure in the bodice – it just is a little smaller / skirt starts higher. I agree w/ the other posters to say leave it in there b/c the dress probably needs it! very lovely dress by the way 🙂
Post # 8
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I don’t know anything about sewing and dresses, but is it possible to remove some but not all of the boning? A good seamstress should be able to answer these types of questions for you though. BTW, you look freaking awesome!! So no matter what you end up doing, it looks fab!