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Are there any seamstresses about? I need some advice.
If you wouldn't want to do it yourself anyway, presumably you'd need to find a seamstress - you can usually find one through a dry cleaners, I've found - so you could ask their opinion on how much it would alter the hang of the dress.
I guess, if you have ample bosomness to fill the area, it won't make too much difference!
Have a feel around... they are often just caught in by a couple of stitches on each corner (triangle shape). I've often removed swimsuit ones by unpicking a bit of the underarm seam (where it doesn't show) and sliding the cup out - think keyhole surgery.
I would be wary though, as someone mentioned earlier, it can change the way the whole dress hangs and leave it looking cheap and shoddily built.
You might find that they are just sewn in with a few strategic stitches - might be worth unpicking the lining if that is sewn in round the bottom and just having a look. If so, a couple of careful snips might do the job.
I shouldn't think it will be a problem unless for example you have a lot of ruching or tucks which are sewn onto the cups themselves.
Not sure, but I'd be a touch concerned that the bra cup on the non-shoulder side is holding that side up, iyswim - even if it's only a couple of strategic threads, the cup is stopping the dress from sagging on that side. Might prove interesting if you remove it...