Remove or Alter Straps Advice

posted 2 years ago in Dress
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  • Post # 2
    1674 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

    Without seeing the interior contruction, I can’t say for sure, but that doesn’t look like it’s possible to make strapless. And switching to a single strap would just put more pressure in a smaller area, which would definitely lead to redness. I would keep it as is, and try to line it with moleskin if you think it will be an issue

    Post # 3
    826 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    I think that dress needs some kind of strap, the neckline would just look odd without it & I’m not sure structurally it would work.  Perhaps there is an option to have the straps made out of a different material that would be less irritating for your skin.

    Post # 4
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    from experience working in the bridal industry, your dress looks like it does not give enough support to remove the straps and create it as a strapless.  Unless you have the seamstree construct it with cups and boning and further alterations, which not only would change the dress, but will be costily. 

    Post # 5
    4095 posts
    Honey bee

    The straps are such a feaeture of the dress that if you took them away you’d be left with a farily standard strapless dress (albeit with a layerd skirt). Maybe the answer is to find a different dress, one that is already strapless and has a lace bodice. There are lots them around. Alternatively you could llook at bridal separated (Matrine Liane has some) so you get a layered skirt + a corset type strapless top. If you keep your beautiful dress intact, with the tags on, you could sell it to offset the expense of a new dress.

    Post # 6
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I agree with the above. The straps really do make that dress gorgeous! But I TOTALLY sumpathise with the material rubbing on you, it is why I have opted for really simple gowns because any embelleshment or lace really irritated my skin and I only had the gown on a few moments.

    I would do what you can to try and fix the straps with some extra material. It shouldn’t be too hard! Much easier than removing them anyway

    Post # 7
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I agree with PP’s, in that the dress straps give it a special look, and they appear to be integral to the design and structure.  You could try lining the underside of the straps with a softer material.  Or you could consider changing into a different dress for the reception.  Yes, there’s usually a price to pay for comfort vs. beauty, but you shouldn’t be suffering on your big day.    

    Post # 8
    7879 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    A strapless dress is designed with that in mind, so the bodice is supportive and generally has boning to keep it upright. It doesn’t appear that your dress has that, so it isn’t possible to just eliminate the straps without major alterations to the bodice (if it is possible at all). I think lining the straps is your only option short of purchasing another dress with sensitive skin in mind.

    Post # 9
    1368 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would either line the straps as previously suggested or make smooth duplicate satin straps that would match the satin waistband the dress already has.

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