Post # 1
So, I really dislike the boning in the bust area of my dress. I don’t fill the shape/space it makes and I feel it makes me look wider on top, but not bigger in a good way…if that makes sense? It is a very simple, tea-length, strapless dress and I think it would look much better without any boning at all. I could get a good push up strapless bra/bustier to wear underneath instead.
So my question: is it possible to completely remove boning from a dress that was made to be boned? Will it ruin the top of the dress? Or the overall shape of the dress?
Post # 3
can you share a photo with us? it’ll help to see it.
Post # 4
Usually removing the boning will alter the integrity of the dress. I would recommend you have a seamstress look at it and see if this is an option or not before you just remove the boning
Post # 5
Ok – I have attached three pictures that focus on ‘the area’. The more I look at it the more I feel unhappy with it. I think the problem lies with the boning, but also the band in the middle. The band was originally wider, but when I left the dress in for alterations, the tailor told me that the band was too wide for me (I’m pretty short). Now I think it sits too high 🙁 Maybe a sash would cover that problem? But what do you think about the boning? All thoughts greatly appreciated… Hope the pictures come out ok.
Post # 6
it seems like the boning is built for someone… not as “perky” as you… like the shape is lower than it needs to be. I know absolutely nothing about how to remove boning but I agree with your concern.. I think the band would look much better if the boning was fixed somehow… gee, my mom used to be a seemstress i’m gonna call her!
she said, that boning is “threaded” through a seem pocket little thing… Sooo, if you take the boning out you can always put it back in!!! “as long as you can take it out in one peice you should be able to put it back in one peice!”
Post # 7
I had a dress one time that had boning as well, and I removed it because I too didn’t like it. I attached a pic of me in it so you can kind of see what it looked like after removing the boning (basically just a normal dress!)
Post # 8
When I see the second picture you posted I think it looks great and it really flatters you. i can’t really tell where the boning is, but I think that if you are unhappy then you should talk to your seamstress about other options for support. Usually boning is pretty easy to remove.. you should be able to take your dress and separate the layers on the inside and see where the boning is put in. From the second picture the waist part looks good, but the other two pictures are at a closer angle so it’s hard to tell. Do you have a full length picture of yourself in the dress?
Post # 9
are you worried about the extra fabric/flappy look across the lower bust?
Does the boning run up the side seams? Do 2 or 4 seams have boning in them?
The dress looks too small for your bust to me, or like you’re not wearing the proper bra under it. -the puckering across the center bust where the boning is-
No, you know what, when I look again, it looks like when the waist band was taken in, the fabric was not sewn flat – or not properly. Has your seamstress seen you in this?! The fabric needs to be taken in at the waist band (like, pulled down in the middle and smoothed out). I think that would help the gaping problem.
I’m afraid with a bust line like yours, removing the boning would cause the dress to sag – the boning is what gives it its shape and helps it stay up, instead of letting gravity and your breasts pull it down.
Post # 10
Thanks a million for all the comments. I really appreciate the feedback. I think I need to get back to the seamstress asap. I definitely was not wearing the right underwear – it was an old bra that I really dislike actually. So that didn’t help. It is heartening to hear that boning can be taken out quite easily (tarahartman – thanks for making the call! and jrswiggy – it was great to see an after pic), but daydreamwanderer – I totally see what you are saying about the waist band. It is slightly puckered/gathered! I did try it on for the seamstress but neither of us actually noticed that. Also the boning is just at the front – so 2 seams. I think I need to go back and have a very frank conversation with her. Jubyju22 – I don’t actually have a full length picture, but maybe after I have more alterations done I will post an update…
Thanks again 🙂