(Closed) creating a v-neck out of a strapless dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Unless you are uncomfortable going strapless, i don’t think you need to worry about being small busted, especially with that dress.  The ruching in the bust area will help give you a more full appearance.  If you’re really worried I’d suggest adding cups/pads to the chest area.  If you really want straps, I’d suggest somewhat narrow (1-1.5") lace ones…which should be easy.  I’d make ’em tank style rather than halter-y.

By The Way, I’m definitely tiny up top, and my dressmaker was really pushing for a sweetheart neckline.  It turns out that with the embellishment we’re just going to make the illusion of one, but I actually think it might be more appropriate for smaller chested girls (pun not intended but noted).

By The Way, I really like the dress…


Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it might be difficult to create a v-neck out of this dress because of the detailing on the bust and the ribbon right below the bust.  Would you be adding sleeves or straps or something?  I’m not sure how you can have a strapless v-neck that doesn’t completely change the bust of your dress.  Also, when I googled "strapless v-neck" the images that came up looked very similar to a sweetheart neckline, just a little more severe at the points.

Maybe someone else has done this? 

Post # 5
329 posts
Helper bee
  • V
  • 9 years ago

I think and according to what the lady at the bridal salon said…sweethearts are great for any shape. Extremely feminine and classy. Gives the body curves and shape. 

In My Humble Opinion, I would never touch that dress is GORGEOUS! and the ruffles at the top add volume to the top not take it away.

Reading your other post I think it would be a good idea to have it sweetheart with added lace for a halter…but halter tops and v-necks are usually more flattering on big chested girls. (sorry I don’t know how to say that nicer) 

Good luck! 

Post # 6
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wouldn’t touch that dress either. I think its beautiful and would definitely flatter a smaller bust. 

Post # 7
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Mmm, I don’t see how you could make it a V-neck without really messing up that lovely detail on the bust and possibly making the structure unsound (sorry, that sounds like I’m talking about a building, but you know what I mean =P) unles you’re also adding straps or something. As a fellow small-busted bride, I think it’s nothing a little bit of extra padding can’t fix =)! I actually have a sweetheart neckline on my dress, but it’s a little too sweethearty, which is overwhelming my small chest, so I’m going to have it altered into a more subtle sweetheart, which I think will be just right!

Post # 8
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I would wait to try on the dress to see how it flatters your bustline, and then talk with the alterations person about your options. IMO, a sweetheart neckline looks good on just about anyone :). And as others have said, a little padding goes a long way. That’s a gorgeous dress, and I would not add straps to it because that would detract from the lace at the top edge. Let us know how it turns out!

Post # 9
368 posts
Helper bee

You can always use double sided dress tape if your worried about it staying in place. But, it should be fine for you.

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