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Can you buy a separate illusion neckline piece for a gown?

Hey everyone! So I'm in a bit of a predicament here. I purchased my gown last month, and don't get me wrong, I love it! But I am very self conscious of my "underarm fat," and I have a larger chest I would like to keep covered..but the gown is strapless. The alterations woman convinced me that the straps she talked me into buying will work and can start close enough to the armpit to keep things covered and add support. Well, that's all fine and dandy, but I'm still worried about cleavage. I am a modest person and would like to keep things covered. Now that I bought the dress, is there somewhere I can buy a separate illusion neckline piece that can be added to the gown..before I go letting her attach the straps? I would prefer it to have sleeves to just above or just below the elbow, if possible. I've looked many places online, but it seems as though the dress either has to come with it or the dressmaker would have to offer a piece like that. Neither is true for my case, as it is a dress from the David's Bridal Collection. Below is a link to the dress. Any suggestions? Thank you!

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-Tulle-A-line-Gown-with-Beaded-Appliques-V3469_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Designer-Davids-Bridal-Collection

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  • itzMSitzMS member
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    You'll need to have one custom-made by a seamstress, but yes it can be done. Go to a private seamstress...not the one at David's Bridal.

    Illusion tulle is very inexpensive...$2 a yard.

    The illusion piece will not generate any additional support...you'll need to have the dress altered to stay up properly.

  • can you take it to an outside seamstress you are not required to get alterations at davids they may tell you that but u can tell them you want to go elsewhere. i got my dress at a local bridal shop she was amazing to work with she showed me a dress that was already altered with sleeves for one of her bridal customers and it looked amazing. 

    davids bridal cannot do much in the way of altering the gown to have sleeves at one time i loved this gown but they could not get more lace for the cap sleeve to make it longer..

    i would call a few semstresses and see how well they are with gowns or even call up a few bridal salons and see if they do ouside alterations on your dress they should be able to add some sleeve coverage. on the dress 

    with my dress there was to much going on top of the dress to make it sleeves its a one strap so i have another strap coming from the designer for it 
  • Check out DB online accessory/coverage options. They have a few jackets that look like they might fit what you are looking for. Some of them are only available online so I could see a store clerk or seamstress not mentioning it because it would mean a loss of a sale/alteration in their store.

    If you don't find anything there, try www.lightinthebox.com. They have TONS of jacket options.I know it may not help with the cleavage option but if you combine the right jacket with a necklace, you might get the look you want.

  • itzMSitzMS member
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    Erikan73 said:

    Check out DB online accessory/coverage options. They have a few jackets that look like they might fit what you are looking for. Some of them are only available online so I could see a store clerk or seamstress not mentioning it because it would mean a loss of a sale/alteration in their store.

    If you don't find anything there, try www.lightinthebox.com. They have TONS of jacket options.I know it may not help with the cleavage option but if you combine the right jacket with a necklace, you might get the look you want.

    @Erikan73, Please don't recommend Light in the Box. They are a Chinese knockoff seller.
    shaylagirl
  • I get cold very easily and my wedding is in October in England.  To have some coverage I'm having a jacket made for me out of duchesse satin and lace.  It costs about $1600, so if that's in the budget for you, that might be an option.   I'm also having a long throw made in case the jacket gets too warm and I just want my shoulders covered and that only cost about $60.  

    Good luck, no matter what you decide!
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  • itzMSitzMS member
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    I get cold very easily and my wedding is in October in England.  To have some coverage I'm having a jacket made for me out of duchesse satin and lace.  It costs about $1600, so if that's in the budget for you, that might be an option.   I'm also having a long throw made in case the jacket gets too warm and I just want my shoulders covered and that only cost about $60.  

    Good luck, no matter what you decide!

    @JaneAustensGhost

    Yikes.

    I'm assuming since that's about double the cost of the OP's dress (had you actually looked at her link), that's likely not in the budget.

    Though you should post a picture of your jacket!

  • Sorry, no, I didn't check the link.   
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  • For some reason, I didn't really think of having one made. That's a great idea! I'll call around before I buy anything, hopefully it's not too expensive to have the work done, even though the tulle is inexpensive. Thanks!

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