Post # 1
Has anyone done this alteration/modification, or can anyone give me advice about whether or not this might work? I want to add a back to a halter dress.
First: I have a large chest. When looking at sizing charts, it’s always the bust measurement that determines my size. I have to shop at specialty shops to find my undergarments. I have a small dand size and a large cup size. US companies do not make this size. Most US stores do not sell this size.
When I wear halter-style tops, I get a headache. The strap pulls on my neck and I end up with a sore neck, sore shoulders and a bad headache…. Who can see where this is going??
I fell in love with a dress… a beautiful, lace covered, slim, curve skimming, HALTER-STYLE dress. I want this dress. But I do not want to have a terrible headache on my wedding day. I’m not foolish enough to overlook that possibility.
So… before I purchase this dress (a great bargain – from Church Street Bridal – so I can’t talk to a tailor at the store) … I want to know if any bees have modified a halter dress to have some sort of back? Even just an illusion back of lace… or changed the strap style?
If so, was it a major undertaking?
I realize that wedding dresses fit better than the average dress, but I have a dress with a halter neck that was custom made for me, with boning, and fits EXTREMELY well, but still causes the headaches. 🙁
Post # 3
With any halter, the support for your bust comes from the straps that go around your neck. Because you have a large bust, that causes more weight for your neck to support. (I have the same problem.) I do not believe a false back on the dress will provide any more support. I personally have taken the idea of wearing halters out of thoughts, though they do look fabulous on a well endowed woman! I don’t think this is what you want to hear, but IMO you might want to consider another style to guarantee not having a headache on your wedding day.
Post # 4
I get the same problem with halters but dresses that are built well will not pull on your neck. Mine was a halter and the bodice was built so well I didn’t need the halter straps for support at all. It was purely decorative in the end. So, my advice is look for a halter dress where the support us all in the bodice. That should be the case in ANY dress.
This is my dress. The halter wasn’t even fastened right then. That is how much support the bodice had. On my wedding day I forgot I even had a halter on and it felt amazing!
Post # 5
I’m not a seamstress, so I have no idea if this is feasible. Can you extend the straps on the dress so that instead of a halter, the straps rest on your shoulders and attach to the back of the dress? That way the weight is distributed to your shoulders instead of your neck and avoiding the honeymoon night headache.
Post # 6
I did! and it worked perfectly. I didn’t like the look of the halter AT ALL so I had a seamstress add straps inspired by my ‘dream dress.’ I loved it!
before (from the website):
after (on me):
Be sure that you have an experienced seamstress if you’re going this route. I chose one with over 20 years experience and looked at examples of her work before I went with her. I knew my alterations were going to be a huge undertaking and it was definitely worth it to be picky! Also, we had to find lace and extra material that matched almost perfectly to create the straps.. another thing to keep in mind!
Post # 7
i tried on a dress exactly like yours and i think its wonderful . the one i tried was a champagne gold colour and fit me perfectly…..apart from that it was very low cut, and i cannot wear anything that shows too much cleavage. wondering if i could see te front of your dress please to see what yours looks like, and if theres anything i can do to cover the cleavage….
Post # 8
*hope i’m not thread-jacking! Maybe seeing the change to the front will be helpful for anyone looking to go halter -> V-neck
i’m in the opposite boat (small chested) so any cleavage I could muster up I was excited to show off 🙂 so sorry if this isn’t much help!
Front of original dress:
front of mine:
Post # 9
yes, i wasnt 100% sure before but now i see the front i know its the exact dress, but in a champagne gold.
it feels so lovely on, and although it does fit nicely, its so low, and i am wondering if i could maybe add a bit of fabric ……..there isnt any spare on the seams so it would mean trying to buy some and matching it up. the beading wouldnt be too much of a problem, i would rob some of the beads from around the dress. i cant remember the make of the dress, but it was a one-off in a boutique, and i KNOW they still have it……it was £150 …….i am not asking you how much yours was, but is £150 a good price for this dress?