Post # 1
There has to be a dress out there like that, right? One of my bridesmaids has generously offered to make my dress for me. We picked a pattern from the 50s that’s an off-the-shoulder style, but I have a tattoo on my left shoulder blade and would prefer to have the dress cover it. I’ve considered airbrushing over it for the day, but it seems like such a hassle and I’d be afraid of it rubbing off (probably just paranoia, I know).
Has anyone seen styles like this? I saw one that looked like it would come up a bit higher, but it was hard to tell since it wasn’t on a model. This wouldn’t look stupid, right? From the tip of my shoulder to the top of the tattoo, there’s like 2 1/2 inches of space so the back of the dress would have to be relatively high. Then again, no one would really question the height because we’re getting married in November.
Post # 3
Have you thought about a one-shoulder dress???
Post # 4
I can picture it in my head. How well can your friend sew? If it’s similiar to the original pattern, she could just adjust it–make it wider in the back, or do a whole new back by creating her own pattern. It’s not terribly difficult to do, but you do need more than basic sewing skills.
Or, you could buy another pattern that has the back you want and splice them together. I’ve done that a few times–used the skirt from a dress I like and the top from another dress
If the dress is lower in the back, you could add a lace panel or something–that could be pretty
Post # 5
There’s tons of great one-shoulder dresses out there, it’s thats a style you would consider! I fell in love with that trendy element.. here’s a few to consider (even just for a pattern if you’re comfortable with your friend sewing it)
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Post # 6
It’s not completely 50’s but the dress I am wearing (Bonny 7913) has a very high back (to the nape of my neck, shirring all the way up the back) but can be worn off the shoulder. Another to check out is Dolly Couture’s Edmonton which is very late 50’s. The key if you were to alter or draft the pattern yourself (or your friend) is that to be sure to create support for the fabric at the very top of the back through tension in the straps and a close fitting bodice so you don’t have a gape at the top.
If she does not feel comfortable drafting or making that big of alterations (I am not sure how the back on your pattern is) but still want to sew, search the web for Simplicity or Hollywood brand patterns from the era. I know I’ve seen some while pattern shopping (I want to say Simplicity has a few).
Post # 7
@Farfromachildbride and SuperShopper – TBH, I hate one-shoulder dresses and don’t want to go that route–I love the pattern we picked, lol. I wore a one-shoulder a few years ago and it drew SO much attention to the scar on my throat (I had my thyroid removed)…plus, I just think the look’s awkward unless you’re super-skinny.
@ejs4y8 – She should be able to do it–she costumes all the plays at our college, so she’s quite experienced in pattern-making. 🙂
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy – The bodice of the dress we’re making is super close-fitting, so we should be good–thank you for the tips!
Btw, here’s the pattern (I only have the frontal illustration):
Post # 8
my dress was off the shoulder and pretty much covered my tattoo! it’s oleg cassini @ david’s bridal:
Here’s the front:
here’s the back – not super high (depends on on high your tattoo is. Mine is pretty high – but it might work!
Post # 9
@Statutory Grape: In that case you should be okay with the back, even alterations should’t be too much of a headache, just making sure the back ends at the top of the strap. If she has done theatre costuming then she should have no trouble with the alterations (as minor as they should be for that pattern).
Post # 10
My tattoo is up higher than I remembered (LOL, I never look at it). 🙁 JuneBride, I really like the style of that back, too!
But Knubbsy, that Dolly Couture one is fantastic. I sent her a message asking if she thinks we could modify the current design (I think the DC one is more flattering, especially since I have rather narrow shoulders) so it has basically a full back but sweeps down in the front. 🙂
As you can see…I’d pretty much need a full back, lol.