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Sleeveless shift dresses and bras

(24 Posts)
SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Tue 10-Jan-17 17:34:17

Just how?

Thanks to eBay I have some lovely shift dresses, but flashing my bra through the arm hole isn't quite the elegant look I'm after.

I'm a 32DD and I've tried lots of different bras and a variety of dresses. Everything peeks a bit.

What do you do about this?

Foldedtshirt Tue 10-Jan-17 17:38:21

Wear something pretty! Not flesh coloured but coral or bright depending on the dress.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Tue 10-Jan-17 18:03:19

Grin and, erm, bare it? grin

AngelicCurls Tue 10-Jan-17 18:06:04

Try using a multiway and crossing your bra straps at the back, I find it pulls them in more. Otherwise I think you can buy a strap that turns your bra into a racer back.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Tue 10-Jan-17 19:22:38

The dresses gape, giving a lovely sideview right inside no matter how snug the bra. The higher the boob-hoick, the greater the gape.

I'm sure Alicia Florrick never looked like this!

ilovecherries Tue 10-Jan-17 20:22:22

I know exactly what you mean. Apparently it's because the dress doesn't have a full bust adjustment, so your breasts are actually pulling the armhole forward. I had a shift dress custom made by a dressmaker, and the difference was amazing. But that had yo be a one off sadly. I've never managed to wear sleeveless dresses off the peg.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 10:12:01

Ah, 'tis as I feared then.

I'm considering adding an armhole-infill in suitable fabric. But my sewing isn't the best and it may just be fugly.sad

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 10:14:27

I've also thought of adding elastic round the armhole, to pull it in. But it might just distort the whole thing.

I'm not good with my hands, so I can't just "run one up" to test.

steppingout Wed 11-Jan-17 10:20:33

If the problem is excess fabric at the armhole, anyone who's good at alterations should be able to add a dart to take it in. Depending on the fabric/print, it should be fairly unnoticeable once done. If you google 'armhole dart' there are some images of that kind of alteration. I don't know how much it would cost - it shouldn't be a lot, and might be worth the investment if it makes them more wearable?

TrustySnail Wed 11-Jan-17 10:25:32

Could you wear the dresses with a very light bolero if they can't be altered?

KatharinaRosalie Wed 11-Jan-17 10:33:52

I wear a blouse/shirt underneath. Bit chilly for bare arms anyway at the moment.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 11:46:25

Yes, I cover with cardis and jackets at the moment - which seems a crying shame for a nicely shaped dress.

An armhole dart might be just the thing for those with enough fabric. Thank you!

And I'm intrigued about how one puts a blouse underneath. Where does the collar go? The dresses tend to be slash neck, as scoop necks look dreadful on me.

dudsville Wed 11-Jan-17 11:50:21

It could be a quick job for a professional.

LIZS Wed 11-Jan-17 11:54:04

If you have a traditional haberdashers nearby you can buy short ribbons on a safety pin which fix to the shoulder seam fasten with poppers around the bra strap to keep it out of sight.

RoganJosh Wed 11-Jan-17 11:57:15

I'm reading it that it's the actual bra chest band, visible under the armpit, not the strap, LIZS .

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 12:03:00

Yep, chest band and a lovely vista of cup, if viewed from the wrong angle.

Although that bra strap tip is genius! I'm definitely doing that for necklines!

LIZS Wed 11-Jan-17 12:04:46

LIZS Wed 11-Jan-17 12:05:32

Oh I see, could you take the shoulder seam in ?

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 12:10:08

I'll try darts first, I think.

But I don't understand how some dresses are supposed to work.

Take this:

Surely that armhole's cut way too low? Or is it just me?

KatharinaRosalie Wed 11-Jan-17 12:11:56

I you wear a shirt with proper collar, it just goes on top, like this:
Or you could wear sweaters:

Depending on neckline you could also wear stuff where the collar is lower than the dress neckline, so it does not show at all.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 12:17:17

Ahh, thank you.

I'm not a fashionista at all <states bleedin' obvious>, and you lovely people on S&B are always so helpful.thanks

Cineraria Wed 11-Jan-17 12:32:55

It depends so much on the style of dress. I'm a 30J and have the same problem in anything ready made or made from patterns so took a pattern cutting course to solve the problem. The solution seemed mostly to be a much smaller armhole shaped like a D with the flat side under the arm.

I wonder if there might be enough spare cloth in the hem to make an insert for the bottom half/front of the arm hole or to cover the exposed part of a specific bra/camisole to match that dress so it's not so obvious.

Alternatively could you add a contrast fabric feature to the dress to cover the exposed part? e.g. A X shape in a broad piece of ribbon or chiffon drape if you are the crafty type. Excuse dodgy drawings (I'm more creative with needle and thread than pen and paper!)

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 11-Jan-17 13:00:01

Ooh, that's clever!

I'd been thinking something forgiving like folded chiffon in the bottom half of the armhole. But hem fabric and a talented seamstress might be better - depending as you say on the dress.

StatisticallyChallenged Wed 11-Jan-17 16:47:22

Strap traps help with this , you can sew several in to keep the dress clipped to the bra strap for its entire length which helps a lot. It is the lack of bust adjustment though as it doesn't happen with either my clothes from pepperberry or stuff I make which all has huge fba done

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