I was hoping to get some advice on a project I’ve been working on. I’m making a dress to wear to a Christmas party at the end of the year, and will be drafting the pattern myself. I wanted a simple design to show off a beautiful silk brocade fabric I bought on a trip a few years ago, and when I flicked through my old pattern catalogues for some inspiration I was immediately drawn to this design (Style A, the short version):
I love the demure neckline at the front and the dramatic V-back. Of course, though, with a backless design comes the bra dilemma: I’d like a bit of support, but a normal bra isn’t going to work!
I was wondering if anyone has any advice or recommendations about backless dresses.
- has anyone made a similar dress (or owns a vintage one) and has tips about how they are constructed on the inside?
- I know that backless evening/wedding gowns usually have a built in foundation with bra cups/boning etc. Would such a foundation be appropriate for a simple dress style like this, or will it be too much/too bulky?
- If a foundation is recommended, how would you attach it on the inside, given the dress has a high neck at the front?
- what materials would you recommend to make the foundation from in a light dress like this?
The easy option of course is to just find a backless bra, but since the fabric is really special I don’t mind putting in the extra effort to make a foundation if that would be the best option.
Thank you in advance for your help!