Post # 1
I am still losing weight, currently I am down to 154, and I am a short 5’4′. I finally got my dress and it is quite clear that I am going to need some kind of shapewear to make it look better.
Here is the dress.
And here is me in the dress.
I am quite curvy along with being short. My problem areas are my chest, and tummy area. You cant see it too well in the pic, but the dress is really tight on my lower ribcage, and I don’t like how it looks in my lower tummy area.
I have read about other Pronovias dresses having a “built in corset”, this one however doesn’t have one. I need to know if a seamstress can add a built in corset?? Or is this something that is easier to just purchase and wear underneath? Also does alterations make the dress look better in the tummy area or is this something else seperate from the corset that I will have to buy? A little history I have had two c-sections, so it doesn’t matter what kind of exercise I do I will never have the flat tummy. What can I do to address this problem? Like I said, I am still losing weight, and my goal is 140. But what I am finding with my weight loss is that while I am getting smaller, and the tummy area is getting smaller it doesn’t seem to be going away…..it seems to stay porportionate to my body….if that makes sense??
Of course all and any suggestions are welcomed, as I do not have a clue as to what I am doing. Thanks.
Post # 3
@thumpurr: If you are looking to add shape I would buy shapewear to wear underneath, but alterations and take out the rib cage area a bit to make it more comfortable.
The dress is beautiful btw, and I think you look great in it….
Post # 4
I would either have them sew in a bra or just wear a strapless. Then I would just wear regular waist high spank type of thing. The ones that go high (up to the ribs) , no matter what you do, just role down. That isn’t something you want to happen underneath you wedding dress. A corset, unless built into the dress, really wouldn’t help. Spanks are really your best option.
Post # 5
When it comes to tummy issues or rear end challenges, Spanx are your friend. Maybe not the sexiest, so you can always throw on some sexier lingerie later if you wish. As for the bra, a seamstress should be able to sew one in – then you’ll be good to go! Your dress is stunning!
Post # 6
Your dress is amazing!!!!. I am 5’5″ and used to weight 160. I am now 135. I would love to say that it was hard work, diet and exercise. But I got sick, and was diagnose with Crohn’s disease. Before I was diagnosed, I went down to eating only one meal a day (that was all I could handle), sleeping all day, and constant stomach problems. It resulted in a total lifestyle change, and food diet and exercise plan in order to get my energy levels back.
To be honest, at this weight level, I feel much better!, and I am sure that you will too.
By the way- who designed your dressed?
Post # 7
I would look at rago. Another bride posted about rago on here and omg it looked amazing. I purchased mine and wow it helps so much
Post # 8
Your dress is beautiful, and you look great in it!
I would choose a very supportive, nude-tone, underwire bra to wear with that dress, and then I would add a piece of stretchy, supportive, nude-tone, one-piece, “WYOB” (Wear Your Own Bra) shapewear (Maidenform makes a great one) that has thin straps that go over your shoulders, is cut out at the chest area to allow your own bra to take over there, then covers your tummy and has what look like biker shorts that extend all the way to your mid thighs. (They have a hole at the bottom, so it is possible to use the restroom while wearing it, but you have to be careful.) There is no way that this garment will roll down on you, because it is held up by the shoulder straps, and, unlike a suction slip, it cannot roll up, because it has divided “legs.”
Post # 9
You ladies are so helpful. I am glad I can come here and ask the dumb questions. I am on my search for the perfect shapewear. Thanks for the compliments, I love my dress!! I cant wait to see her in all of her final altered beauty!!
Post # 10
I wore a burlesque dancer’s waist training corset under my dress, which was actually quite similar to yours, except with sleeves!
Post # 11
I wore a longline bra, Spanx, and a crinoline with waist that sucked me in. (The crinoline also helped by puffing out the bottom of the dress, making the waist look narrower by contrast.)