Seamstress wants to take out boning in my dress

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@karenlee07:  Welcome to WB! I LOVE your dress, it’s so gorgeous on you! I think you’re right – I’d be totally nervous about removing the boning as well.  Could you take your dress to another seamstress for a 2nd opinion?

Post # 4
Member
3955 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@karenlee07:   The boning gives the dress shape, or so I thought….  I wouldn’t let them take it out without hearing more from the bees.    And, a warm welcome!!  🙂

Post # 6
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@karenlee07:  Whereabouts are you located?

Post # 8
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@karenlee07:  Damn, I was hoping you’d be in the SF Bay area. I’d refer you to the lady I used for our wedding! 🙂 Loved her. But yes, definitely no removal of boning!

Post # 9
Member
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

@karenlee07:  I thought it HAD to have boning if it was strapless or it wouldn’t stay up – no matter how well it fits. Imagine having a dress with spaghetti straps that fits you well, but cutting off the straps and hoping it still supports you…

Post # 10
Member
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@karenlee07: My seamstress (5 stars on Yelp and also makes bespoke wedding gowns) is trimming my boning, since it hits at an awkward place on my short body.

Maybe that’s what she means? It’s not going to be fully removed, just trimmed so that it hits me at the same spot and keeps in proportion, since i’m petite.

Definitely get a second opinion! 

Post # 11
Member
2400 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@karenlee07:  I think it looks great with the boning personally… I have no idea how it would stay up without boning to be honest, but then again I’m not expert! I almost wonder if she wants to take it out to make it easier on herself- ie not having to work around the boning for alterations maybe?

Post # 12
Member
7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t remove the boning…how is it going to stay up without being super tight?

Post # 13
Member
2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would never remove boning from a strapless dress. That’s what gives i shape and structure. If it had straps to keep it up, sure. I’d get a second opinion, and see if you can find someone that specializes in formal dress alterations. Wedding, pageant, prom, debutante, etc. All those styles of dresses have the same overall style and have to stay in place for hours. 

Post # 15
Member
9533 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

When I first got on wedding bee I posted asking if anyone had dresses without boning. Several of the women that replied had strapless dresses without boning, so it certainly isn’t a requirement. Especially since you aren’t very busty. And it would likely be more comfortbale without boning! So I don’t think it’s a ridiculous thing to propose. I would tell her your concerns and see what she says. Your dress looks like pretty sturdy material, so it may be that the material is enough, on it’s own, that it will stya up after alterations. Here’s the old post, if you want to read:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/anybody-with-a-wedding-dress-without-boning#axzz2v27AXBSm

Post # 16
Member
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m pretty sure in a strapless dress you need to keep the boning for it to stay up! I def wouldn’t take it out!

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