Changing a Corset back to Zipper with Buttons

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Bride2BeeXoXo:  I don’t have any experience in changing the back of the dress, I just wanted to tell you that your dress is beautiful and that I love what you plan on doing with it. I hope it works! It sounds perfectly doable to me, especially since you’re ordering a larger size dress so your seamstress has a little more fabric to work with just in case. 

Post # 5
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Bride2BeeXoXo:  It looks like your seamstress really knows what she’s doing and has plenty of experience, don’t be nervous, I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job. For what it’s worth, I think you made the right decision, illusion necklines are gorgeous and I looooove buttons! 🙂 

Post # 6
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206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t exactly have advice, but am commenting to follow!

I’m doing the same thing with my Maggie Sottero.  Ordered a size up, same as you.  My consultant made it sound like their seamstress does it all the time and would be no issue, so I trust that it will be easy enough for her to handle!

I think your dress will be gorgeous with the zipper and buttons!  Timeless, like you said.        

Post # 7
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200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Forest in PA

Bride2BeeXoXo:  Oh my goodness that dress is gorgeous! I hope she can do that for you! I LOVE all the lace!!!!!

Post # 8
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bride2BeeXoXo:  This will be gorgeous. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I wanted to do this to my Maggie as well but I keep losing weight (without even trying at this point), so I think it’s best I leave the corset option. 

Post # 9
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343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bride2BeeXoXo:  I also have a Sottero and Midgley dress, with a corset that goes all the way down to the butt. I didn’t like that look so much, so I’m having the bottom of the corset changed to a zipper so that it’s only a small corset at the top. My seamstress didn’t have any reservations about doing this, so I think it will turn out great!! The only thing I would worry about with converting the whole thing to a zipper is that the bust might stretch out too far…to where the cups extend to under your armpits. Even then, I think skilled seamstresses could make it work!

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Post # 12
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858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I work at a bridal shop and we do this for people occassionally. It’s a pretty extensive alteration, but it’s definitely do-able and always turns out well. The seamstress will have to reconstruct the side seam and neckline once the corset back is turned into a zipper back since those parts will be a little out of whack.

So don’t worry! Just know that it will require a lot of alterations, and that you want a seamstress who has a lot of experience working with bridal gowns doing it; now is not the time to try to price-shop on your alterations! I prefer buttons to corsets, too. I think your dress is going to look amazing! 

Post # 13
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Bride2BeeXoXo:  I wanted to do this too.  I’m not a fan of the corsets.  We were going to order the dress larger and do it.  However, the shop kinda talked me out of it cuz it can change the neckline, etc. and since mine has some exposed boning it could look off.  When it came, I didn’t mind the corset on mine since it was so delicate.

My friend did it though, ordered 2 sizes bigger and got a seamstress to do it.  It was expensive but I thought her dress looked so much better in the end.

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