A Frock by Friday™ Concerns Addressed

June 18, 2010

I read that a lot of you are concerned about the top piece of the dress being so small. I want to add, that I myself am a busty gal. I am totally there with you about the cleavage thing. I am not a fan of it on myself. Often I will Photoshop out my cleavage in a lot of the pictures I post. I swoon over J.Crew camis only to purchase them and realize that they are unwearable.

I think what I can do with the bust line is sew the triangles together halfway up . I've done this on a few of my v-neck blouses and it works well. I can show you how. If you prefer the original way, that's fine too. Just leave it the way it is.
Some of you also were worried about having to wear a strapless bra. On the Laundry Line had a great suggestion that I think I will incorporate. She mentioned how some dresses have a snap on little length of chain-stitches, you use it to 'leash' your bra strap to your garment so they doesn't stray in different directions.

This seems easy enough. And I hate those pesky bra straps too!

Note to self: This would make a great tutorial. How to fix your clothes to accommodate your bust.


21 {comments}:

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Can you tell us what the fabric requirements are? I haven't decided if I will do this one-it depends on if I have enough fabric in my stash. :)

Jana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow--those are great suggestions for modifying the top of this cute dress for coverage! My only question is: if the triangles are sewn together more in the middle, won't that leave too much (flesh!) exposed on the sides of the chest, since the triangles are already relatively small (not a lot of extra fabric to work with there)?

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Since it is cinched at the waist I think pulling the triangles together will just use some of that extra material at the waist.

The sides come far enough up to the arm pit that I don't think it can be pulled over by just sewing the triangles a quarter or half way up.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

sounds good, looking forward to it...need the fabric requirements as well, and you will also show us how to do the top just regular too right? can you show how to do it with just the spagetti strap style without the ruffle too? thanks

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

But I want to add that if you are worried, you could add a half an inch to the inside of triangles. In fact, I might just do that anyway.

I'll take a look at the pattern tonight and decide.

Ane Oti said... Best Blogger Tips

I would also like to know the fabric requirements and what kind of fabric to get. I'm new to sewing clothes so it's been hard to figure out what fabric to use.
Thanks !


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't looked at the pattern closely (I don't have the time to give it a go this round...) but I like the pattern and hope to make it soonish. Also being a busty gal who prefers to keep 'em covered, I was planning on adding a contrasting "faux cami" to bridge the gap. Just another thought for the ladies interested in the dress but not exposing too much flesh!

Dani said... Best Blogger Tips

How much fabric do we need? I was wondering how much extra I'll need to make it into a dress (since the pattern is a shirt). :)

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Just added the yardage estimates to the post. See new image.

Brenbren said... Best Blogger Tips

I am having the same concern as Jana wouldn't sewing the middle leave the sides exposed? I like your idea about adding the 1/2 inch to the insides of the triangle. That should solve the problem

kimmie said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so excited to actually be able to follow along this time around! :) Kathleen- what kind of knit are you using?

Shelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like fun, but don't have time to join this time! Hopefully next time! Thanks!

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

I just purchased and downloaded the pattern! YAY! First to finish frock #2, then print pattern #3, then I think I will do a muslin of the top cuz I'm bosomy as well, especially after two babies. I'm thinking of using some sari fabric I have in my stash, would you recommend french seams since it would fray so much or another way?

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

French seams are a way to go, especially if you don't have a serger. They take a little more work of course.

You could also finish the edges in a wide zigzag stitch. Before I had a serger I found this did the trick, though it's not quite as pretty.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

okay, now I feel like I have to ;) I think with using a knit material it will probably fit me in all my pregnant glory, and I'll put in a bandeau type thingie in a contrast color in the front and I think with the knit and that, it will make a very lovely nursing dress O: Also I will not cause any car accidents with 'first months of nursing and it's time for a feed' boobs. ha. Purchasing the pattern right now. And oh my, *must* I go fabric shopping tomorrow? *sigh* if I haaaaave to. ;)

Melissanne said... Best Blogger Tips


This dress looks great! I would like to participate, but I've never done this. Is there a group I need to join/ is it open to anyone?


Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Anyone can just join in, I'll be posting the first steps on Monday on this blog.

If you want me to post your finished dress just join my flickr group in the left top sidebar.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Re: bra straps

Just unhook your bra straps in the back and cross them (make an X). Reattach and away you go!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! I don't know if there's anything I could do to make it fit over my boobs though. I'm not modesty obsessed, but I generally like them to be at least vaguely covered? Like, half my bra should not be hanging out. I think I should just chop off the boobs ;)

antique lover said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks.. been following your blog and will aslo see how much fabric we have for the triangles.

The Studes said... Best Blogger Tips

poor JK Rowling almost flashing all those people..

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