Post # 1
Hi all, I’m feeling pretty distraught so I hope someone can help.
I purchased the BHLDN Tinsley dress (LINK TO DRESS) after trying it on in the store. In the store it fit perfectly and I like it enough that I went home and bought it. Well it arrived HUGE, it’s like a tent for my whole body. I took it to get altered and the seamstress said she could take in the length and the straps but she couldn’t do anything about the boning in the bust. She sewed in some cups but it still feels really uncomfortable. It doesn’t sit against my body and if I slouch my shoulders in the leas the straps come sliding off and the whole thing moves a few inches off my chest. I’m really upset and hoping someone has ideas. I’ll probably call around for a few other seamstresses and see what they say. Googling it, looks like altering boning is possible but I’m worried that maybe with the tule as a top layer it won’t look good.
Any help appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
What’s the back of the dress look like? Could you wear a extra padded push up bra to fill in the space?
I know that’s not ideal, but it could be an easy and relatively inexpensive fix. It honestly doesn’t look that bad in the first picture.
Edit… just got the link to work, so nevermind that idea (although I’m not sure what kind of backless bras are available – still could be worth looking into?).
Its a very pretty dress! Definitely wouldn’t hurt to call some more seamstresses.
Post # 3
Seamstress here, a seamstress should be able to remove/alter the boning (I have done it lots of time). It sounds like to me she didn’t want to take the time to deconstruct the top of the dress to get into the boning. Do you have an image of the front view? From the image, I can’t tell if the top needs to be taken in at the sides or taking in at the bust seams. Where I work we have our own trick to bring the top neckline closer to the skin by inserting a hand-made basting stitch in which someone pulls the thread back like a draw string. Anyway, there is too much gapage, and I suggest going to a different seamstress.
Post # 4
I’ll need to unpack it to take a front view picture. At this point though I’ve had some other sesamstresses on other forums tell me that because of the layering in the front that reshaping the boning would be “a nightmare” 🙁 do you think the front tule would also need to be altered in addition to the boning?
Post # 5
Boning is normally sewn on the lining (and from your image you can see the stitching on the lining), so it wouldn’t really mess up the ruching on the outer layer to the point where it would be a nightmare. The purpose of boning is to give structure, and you might lose some of the structure/support, but I have taken boning out of ruched/pleated tops before for girls who don’t need it and the end result was fine.
From what you have described, it sounds like the dress needs to be taken in at the top and maybe the straps shortened too? Putting in bra cups can fill in the gapage, but if you’re still having it then something else should likely be done.