Post # 1
I have three weeks left until my wedding- and have already had three fitting appointments. However I am still concerned that when I lift my arms over my head (slowly, not even fast like being spun while dancing!) half of my SMALL chest feels like it is coming right out of the top.
The cups of the dress are too big for me, and although she sewed foam cups into the dress and has taken it in on the sides- I still feel in danger of a nip slip. It seems to fit at the waist, has the extra internal waist band, and she added boning on the side, so from what I’ve read it seems like the structure is all there. However the dress is slightly heavy and the strapless top does not move with my chest when I lift my arms. Any suggestions are appreciated!
Post # 2
It’s an understandable concern. When you’re at your fitting appointments, have you slowly lifted your arms in front of the mirror to see if your nips are slipping? Also, is slowly lifting your arms something you plan to do? If you’re really concerned about it, make that known to your seamstress and she should be able to set your mind at ease.
Post # 3
I would not recommend putting your hands over your head in a strapless dress in front of anyone. One of the first things the seamstress said to me for my sweet 16 way back way, was you have to learn to be in a strapless, no matter how well fitting there are things you shouldnt do in a strapless gown. It was also reiterated (to me several times for other occasions when I wore strapless gowns).
It really all depends on your body type. If you have “perky” breasts, when you raise your arms, they are likely to follow.If you are more endowed or pass the “pencil test” then raising your arms in a strapless is actually less risky because gravity will help keep them down. You sound more like they are more likely to follow. There is not too much a seamstress can do besides make it as tight as possible (which is not always a good thing) but chances are you will feel the need to pick up the dress and will do so naturally. I just dont recommend putting your hands above your head and especially not BOTH arms/hands up at the same time.
If your dress is tight enough to keep them from coming out, the dress may actually be too tight (not always but you dont want them squeezed up against your skin). Thats why a lot celebrties and pagent girls use tape & glue to keep the girls in. Another thing to consider besides the bust portion fits well, make sure the cups of the gown are completely filled out (with padded cups if needed). The gel cups are better than the foam cups, as the texture of the gel provides friction and helps prevent slipping/ allows you to also feel the slipping more.
You can google pencil breast test if you’ve never heard of it.
Post # 4
Haha, I don’t know if this means I pass or fail the pencil test- but the girls definitely do NOT have enough underboob to hold up a pencil!
I will not be putting both arms up over my head; I’m just concerned about it while being spun during our first dance (ballroom style- nothing crazy).
I got some gel cups and fashion tape to try at my next fitting appointment. Maybe I can sneak away with my Maid/Matron of Honor during the reception to put the fashion tape since I really only need it for the first dance.
Post # 5
If you’re concerned about the first dance, explain the situation to your fiance beforehand. He doesn’t need to see the dress – just tell him that it’s strapless so you need to be a little careful.
You could also practice the dance with him in another strapless dress, if you have one (or can borrow one).