Post # 1
So I was drooling over a Monique Lhiullier dress. It is my dream dress for the price of a rather nice automobile, so I found a similar Mori Lee dress at a trunk show for a fraction of the price. I even like the skirt better. However, I am starting to not like the bodice so much. I really dislike too much boning and I feel it looks a bit like a breast plate. I prefer the ML dress’s bodice because it’s more organic and natural looking. Do you think I could have a seamstress remove the boning and cinch things up so it looks flatter and more natural? I’m rather small chested, but here is a photo of me in the sample and a photo of the Monique dress.
Post # 3
You could ask a seamstress if it’s possible. The main issue with removing the boning is “what will hold the dress up?”
From the photo – you don’t look too “breast plate-like” – looks like a regular strapless dress to me.
I’d personally keep the dress as-is to avoid any unanticipated problems from messing with the structure of the gown (kind of like removing a load bearing wall from a house!). Or keep looking! You’ve got time and there’s tons of dresses out there (and more being designed every day!).
Post # 4
it probably NEEDS the boning. That dress looks heavily structured. You definitely don’t look like you have a big plate strapped on! The dress would probably sag and stretch at the waist if it didn’t have the structure in there, holding up what looks to be like a heavy skirt!
Also, talk to the designer of the dress–or the shop, whatever. A lot of places can do some sort of customization for a fee.
Post # 5
I bought this dress the day I tried it on because the skirt was exactly what I was hoping for. With any luck the smaller size that I ordered will be a little tighter in the chest. I sure wasn’t filling up this one much! I just dislike the idea of dancing with my new husband and having this plastic barrier between us! I guess I’ll just wait and see? Here’s a closer photo of the bodice.
Post # 6
You look super good in that dress!!! And very happy I might add.. to be honest I like the dress you are in better then the other!
Post # 7
to me, it looks like the dress in the first picture has the same level of structure in the bodice – it just is a little smaller / skirt starts higher. I agree w/ the other posters to say leave it in there b/c the dress probably needs it! very lovely dress by the way 🙂
Post # 8
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I don’t know anything about sewing and dresses, but is it possible to remove some but not all of the boning? A good seamstress should be able to answer these types of questions for you though. By The Way, you look freaking awesome!! So no matter what you end up doing, it looks fab!