Perfect for the indie, hipster, or country bride! The front bodice has nine vertical supports from the chest to just above the hips. It has sewn-in B-size cups (not a full bra) that can be easily altered if necessary. The inside of the dress is silky smooth. I did not have any chaffing, itching, or redness from wearing the dress for 9 hours. Dress tape was not necessary to hold the dress up in places like the shoulders. The sleeve-material is non-elastic due to the added lace detail, but it was still possible to raise my arms above my head. ***
Material was taken from the upper back and reworked to flow into the addition of the long sleeves. The bottom of the sleeves also have added buttons to match the back. The neckline was trimmed to look more like a gentle v-neck. No material was altered from the bottom of the dress or around the bodice. Five short, ivory ribbons with small (a few millimeters in size), muted pearl beads were added to the dress to create a low American-style bustle. The ribbons can be pulled and hidden from the inside of the dress to keep them out of sight until party time!