Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’ve decided to custom-design my dress from an online retailer and I need to (figuratively) get down onto paper what I would really like.
My stats: 5’10” ; street size 16/18; 38H bra size
Notes: I have a not altogether unnoticeable stomach pooch in the absence of spanx
I want a mermaid-style dress. I like the sweetheart neckline diagonal pleated organza tops (a la Maggie Sottero Divina) but I dislike ruffles so I was hoping for a simpler lace skirt (a la Romona Keveza Legends).
1. Do this style of bodice and skirt go together?
2. Would the busy-ness of the bodice create a flattering illusion for my midsection?
3. I strongly dislike corset backs, but I see full-figured brides generally tend to opt for them. Can you see any reason why I can’t just do a zipper?
4. My boobs are gigantic, yes, but I generally don’t have a problem playing them down when necessary. Could I possibly wear a sweetheart neckline without looking obscene? If not, what other necklines do you recommend? (straight is basically not an option, IMO)
5. To further complicate things, I’m thinking of requesting removable cap sleeves in the corresponding lace to the skirt. Just thought you might like to know that in case it affects any advice you might have
*pics in the next post*
Post # 4
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Post # 5
@Overjoyed: Good morning! I’m having a bit of a tough time imagining the bodice with the skirt. Unless there’s lace on the bodice, I might wonder why it all of a sudden started at the skirt. I tried to do a search for a similar dress, and figured out why you’re going the custom route – hard to find!
As far as the bust goes, I would be cautious about the strapless. As long as it’s fit correctly, with the proper structure, you should be ok. Just be sure to do some practice moves – dancing, bending over, leaning back, etc.
I don’t know as much as some of the other Bees as far as dress construction goes, but I dont think you need a corset back. You can have an internal corset, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have one on the outside of the dress. I am not really a fan of the look, either.
If you come across any sample images, post them so we can get a better idea of the bodice/skirt construction.
Post # 6
I would do a more subtle sweetheart to play down the girls. I feel like there should be some lace on the top of the dress to tie the bottom and top together. The cap sleeves might work for that.
Post # 7
I think the bodice and the skirt could work…agree that capsleeves could work for tying the lace in. Or maybe a lacey belt?
As for the neckline, I’d do a modified style sweatheart like this:
Post # 8
And if you’re going custom route, you should get a great fit, so I don’t see why zipper wouldn’t work. I’m a size 14 and went with a zipper. I know corset will suck you in that little bit more and be more adjustable..but I was with you and didn’t want one!
Post # 9
What about Sottero & Midgley’s Tenille? It has a really interesting bodice, with a tiered lace skirt? I can’t find any large pics of it, so here’s the link: http://www.sotteroandmidgley.com/dress.aspx?style=71743&page=1&pageSize=36&keywordText=&keywordType=All
Post # 10
1. Do this style of bodice and skirt go together? The styles yes, the materials, not so much. I would be tempted to go with the bodice as you suggest, follow the shape of the skirt and have the lace start thick at the hem of the skirt and becoming more sparse as you get higher up the skirt.
2. Would the busy-ness of the bodice create a flattering illusion for my midsection? I have seen many brides on here who are, like you and me more vulptuous – and they look fantastic in mermaid dresses. The natural shape of the bodice will look fantastic on you.
3. I strongly dislike corset backs, but I see full-figured brides generally tend to opt for them. Can you see any reason why I can’t just do a zipper? I was a 36GG – the bonus for the corset was that you could tighten it to give you the perfect support – something you won’t really get with the zip.
4. My boobs are gigantic, yes, but I generally don’t have a problem playing them down when necessary. Could I possibly wear a sweetheart neckline without looking obscene? If not, what other necklines do you recommend? (straight is basically not an option, IMO) I had a swetheart neckline and it worked well for me – I’m sure you’ll agree a little dip is really flattering on the ladies. The secret is a really good bra – get it before your final fittings so that you can see how it will really work. When lacing up the dress, have it slightly higher than you want on your boobs, because otherwise, ifyou have it too low it pushes the boobs up quite a bit – this is what happened to me and I had to relace it just before going to the church.
5. To further complicate things, I’m thinking of requesting removable cap sleeves in the corresponding lace to the skirt. Just thought you might like to know that in case it affects any advice you might have Cap sleeves sound a great idea and will really help you with dilemma No. 4.
Best advice I can give you is when you try your dress on, sit in it, wave at someone across the room, bend over to kiddy-height do a little dance etc so you get to see how your ladies move in the dress. When I sat down the first time, my boobs nearly came bouncing out, it gave the tailor a good idea of the alterations I needed to get done.
*pics in the next post*