Help!! Big problem with my dress straps after alterations!!

posted 3 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 2
22 posts

I don’t know if this will work, but my thought is you shouldn’t be depending on the straps for supporting your breasts because they are so thin in design. Try one of the sticky backless bras and even if it’s not 100% support since you still have the cups, if that would help take some of the weight off.

Double-sided tape the sides going up to the straps to your chest and see if that helps to spread the pressure so it’s not on just those two points. The dress doesn’t look like it has boning or any kind of inside support, but adding something may help it stay closer to your body so it’s not dragging all the way down (so the weight on your shoulders just the upper part).

I’d seek a second opinion and see if another seamstress can offer a solution. Also, I think you look lovely and that dress is a dream come true! But if you are in the process or planning on losing any weight, or at a particular time in your cycle, I know my boobs are frequently the first thing to shrink or grow in size. I wouldn’t do it if you’re comfortable, just if as a possible reason to wait and see if it fits better if you’re not in a hurry.

Post # 3
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I agree with the above bee and think the weight of your bust is putting to much strain on the straps. If a sticky backless bra isn’t a possibility could you look at tapping your bust so that it is supporting itself and not putting as much weight on the straps of your dress.

Post # 4
2005 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree – those straps look so thin, I don’t think they are meant to be providing any support, but it doesn’t look like the rest of the dress has much built in support either.  Some form of support under the dress will put less pressure on the straps.

Post # 5
206 posts
Helper bee

Agreed with everyone else. Tape your boobs up. The dress itself shouldn’t be supporting them. 

Post # 6
3722 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with the other posters here that anything that supports your breasts better should ease the strain on the shoulder straps but if all measures still result in that “cutting in” to your shoulder flesh then I think you have to look at adding some extra fabric into the shoulder straps.   I’d suggest you add from the base of the straps at the back and cover the addition with a few wisps of lace or some pearls or embellishment. Comfort is more important than aesthetics and you want to be able to enjoy your day. The veil will hide the back of your dress anyway.

I would get the alterations done by someone closer to home but I would let the original one know that her work has to be revised and ask if she can make a financial contribution to the resolution of the problem.

Post # 7
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - Mackinac Island, MI

To be honest, I think your boobs look best in the first picture before alterations. With your straps so night all I see is your cleavage, when they’re loose I can see how beautiful the dress is. I wouldn’t be so worried about hoisting them up so much, a sticky bra like other bees suggested could work. I’d definitely ask for the straps to be taken out. You can’t wear a painful dress all night, it’s all you’ll think about! 

Post # 8
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2022

First off what a lovely dress and you look so happy and beautiful in it! 

That does look like it would be painful though and I’d worry about the strap snapping after a long day filled with lots of movement such as hugging and dancing.  Maybe try emailing seamstresses near you with pictures of the dress and see if anyone can come up with fix. If you can’t find a solution to the strap issue I suggest having a back up outfit at the venue to change into after the ceremony just in case, maybe a cute white dress or jumpsuit from a department store or Lulus.

Good luck to you!

Post # 9
125 posts
Blushing bee

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@teachingbee8:  I agree. It looks like the straps were shortened too much, pulling your breasts up to make extra cleavage and losing the lovely feel of the top of the dress. I think letting the straps out would be best. Good luck!

Post # 10
7951 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Is the dress hanging by the straps in the last picture? If so, don’t be surprised if they stretch out a bit over the next few weeks. There should be loops in the dress to hang the dress from so that doesn’t happen. 

Post # 11
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I agree with PP. 


On another note, I had a clear soft mesh seen to my straps as I had the same thing, but they were removable so the weight of the dress wasn’t relying on them

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