Anyone ever converted a corset gown to a zip back?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m not a seamstress, so I can’t say for sure, but I feel like changing it from corset to zipper would take a lot of work and I can see the second shops hesitation. What exactly do you dislike about corset backs? If it can’t be changed, would you not get it and keep looking or leave it as is and deal with it? The dress is beautiful and you look gorgeous in it. I wouldn’t risk damaging the dress over the back unless it’s a complete deal breaker. Even then, I’d be more likely to keep looking so as not to waste money on a first ruined dress and a replacement.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@AlexisLBM:  I actually had the same problem, a salon told me the designer wouldn’t do it 🙁 sorry this isn’t helpful but I just had to share my experience!

What I don’t understand is the fact that if you go on some designers’ websites certain dresses will be available in corset OR zipper back, and a lot of the designs I’ve seen that offer that option are not very different from the one you like. :/ I originally wanted a zipper back too, regardless of the dress style, but I fell in love with a dress that seems to only be available in a corset. One consultant told me that the perfect dress would be one that I would not want to change in any way, and it turned out she was right in my case, but for something like a corset or zipper I don’t think that really applies.

Let us know if you have any luck! Maybe it’s just the store you were dealing with, try some other stores.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m no seamstress, but I would think they’d either have to order the dress in a bigger size or add an extra panel of fabric in order to close the zipper, no? I can see why the other shop might hesitate…

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree w/ the PP about ordering it in a larger size – the back on a dress with a corset doesn’t close all the way like it would need to for a zipper. I’m assuming the designers that have dresses available in either option have created 2 dress designs. I’d probably look for another dress with a zipper back or just accept this dress as is. The corset back probably will cinch you in better than a zipper back, though.

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I had my dress converted from a corset to a zipper with no problem. Alteration provided by my bridal store, no questions asked. I don’t see any problem. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was offered this service on a dress I was hesitating on… The consultant told me they would need to order it 2 sizes larger to be able to do the conversion but that it was perfectly fine and something they regularly do! 

I ended up buying a diff dress which came from the designer with a zip but I would have done it if the other wont was the one!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This looks exactly like a dress I tried on at David’s bridal and it had a zipper back. Let me see if I can find the picture

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

one of my criteriaS is no corset bacl. Not my thing.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

here is the pic of the dress at DB that is similar. Excuse my face, i wasn’t expecting a picture. I wasn’t even expecting to be trying on a dress. I’m not engaged but went with my very shy engaged friend and she was too nervous to try on a dress until I put one on first

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@AlexisLBM:  The sample of my dress I tried on was a corset back. However, the option was available to get it in a zip back when I ordered it. My dress was Wtoo by Watters. I would ask another salon if they could order it in a zip back if I were you. There was no extra charge to order mine with a zip up back as opposed to a corset back. However, the seamstress had to take my dress in pretty tight for it to stay up. I didn’t have to wear a bra though, as she just sewed the cups right into the dress. For taking my dress in a couple inches, sewing in cups, hemming it several inches, and bustling it she charged me 100 bucks. I thought it was a great price.

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