Post # 1
This topic was on another thread, but instead of hijacking that one, I thought I’d post another. (I’m just copying what I posted there; sorry for the repeat.)
I got the David’s Bridal version of the keyhole back. I absolutely love it. But I’ve been upping my workouts to get in shape and, unfortunately, my shoulders have been getting broader, to the point that the straps on the keyhole dress no longer feel comfortable. I don’t want to stop working out; I like feeling strong. But what to do?
Here’s the dress with the straps, then without (sorry for bad cell phone pix):
I would love to hear of anyone else who has successfully altered their dress. I realise it defeats the whole point of getting a keyhole dress in the first place, but I don’t want to buy a whole new dress. Ahhhk!
Any opinions on what I should do? Keep it as is or alter it to strapless? Alternatively, I could get the straps adjusted, but I’m not sure how much wiggle room there is. Or am I just getting the usual dress anxiety that everyone gets? Help!
Post # 3
I have had dress envy over your dress since I first saw it on you, so I think it would be such a shame to lose the keyhole back. My first choice if I were you would be to see if they can alter the straps so that they are comfortable for you rather than getting rid of them altogether. I found that strapless dresses often have more inbuilt support than dresses with straps, so I would worry about whether your dress will stay up without the straps? Does DB have advice and/or know of anyone who altered this dress to strapless. I amn’t that helpful, am I?!
P.S. You look amazing either way!
Post # 4
alter the straps to fit and see if you can make them removable – i tried on a beautiful martina liana keyhole with removable straps – it was amazing! Then, you could do the straps for the ceremony and take them off for the reception?
Post # 5
@minimoo: Thanks. I’m taking it to a different seamstress, not the DB ones, since they really messed up the hem and bustle. I think I’ll take it in to her nad see what she can do to make it more comfortable. And, yep, I worry about it having enough structural support to hold up as a strapless as well–what a terrible day for wardrobe malfunction! But thank you for the compliment.
@MrsWBS: That’s an awesome idea! Let me talk to my seamstress and see. Do you have a pic of that dress? I would love to see how it converts.
Post # 6
It’s Martina Liana 378 it’s sooo gorgoues! has the most amazing beaded straps!
Post # 7
Nooo don’t lose the keyhole! It’s the best part about the dress!
Plus, I think you may have a problem doing this, because dresses with straps usually aren’t made with the structural elements (boning, etc) in the bodice to stay up without the straps. And that kind of change is not only difficult, it may not be possible, especially since it has such a low back, you wouldn’t be able to add support to the back.
Post # 8
If I remember correctly, there was little buttons inside the dress that the key hole straps attached onto.
Post # 9
I love keyhole back dresses! I voted to keep it.
Post # 10
I’m wearing the same dress in a few weeks! I have broad shoulders, and I had the straps altered (the tailor somehow added length in the front). I think it looks great, so it can be done.
I also find the lace (on the straps) really scratchy. I have sensitive skin, so I’m planning to use a little body glide (clear roll-on waxy stuff that marathon runners use to avoid chafing) underneath.
Post # 11
So update: I talked to my seamstress and she fixed it no problem, and free of charge (she’s amazing!). I like the keyhole better now, too, since it’s slightly more open and has a better shape than before.
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I’m so happy I didn’t have to alter it majorly and get rid of the one thing I really love about the dress—the keyhole back!
Post # 12
@kaper: I would love to see pix in the dress. Isn’t it just so awesome! And for the price, too. I have to say I was so happy when I found out how inexpensive it was. Please do a recap! I’m excited for you!