Post # 1
I just got my dress a couple days ago (I bought it off the classifieds here ). It’s beautiful, even more so than in the pictures! Unfortunately, the zipper broke when I went to try it on and it’s a little tight in the back. I’m thinking it would be easy to add some fabric in the back with lacing to make it into a corset type back, so then there’d be some give and take with the size. I’m also thinking of adding a bustle for the reception.
I’m going to ask around and see if I have any friends or relatives that could do it for me, but if not, I’m not sure I could afford to pay for alterations and it seems like it would be pretty easy to do (I some sewing experience, but not a lot). Has anyone done this themselves before? How hard would it be?
I don’t have pictures of me in it yet because I just got it, but here’s a link to the original photos from the seller: http://classifieds.weddingbee.com/topic/lazaro-3813-replica-gown-size-8?replies=2
Post # 3
If you’ve got ANY sewing experience and a decent grasp of design, a corset back will be a cinch for you!
From my experiance, the best way to do so is to take out the zipper and sew a finished modesty peice to the left side of what used to be your zipper seam. Make the piece long enough so that it can button at the top (preferably in the middle and bottom as well) to avoid the fabric sagging or bunching. Sew buttons to the inside of the dress accordingly. And finally, use the button hole setting on your machine to reinforce the areas you’ll be threading the corset string through. Take care to make sure the holes are properly positioned and evenly spaced!!
Post # 4
You can buy pre-structed corsets and a place will charge you a ridiculous price to add it in. HOnestly, I have basic sewing experience and I would probably do it myself depending on the fabric after watching some how-to youtube videos. A corset back would just look awesome on that dress, I highly recommend it. The lace is simple and pretty (love alcenon!) and a corset back would help it fit like a glove! Make sure you use the right kind of needles. It sounds like a duh, but it took me awhile to figured out that my "most materials" needle did not work on the more delicates. When you go to Joann’s or another fabric store, ask one of the seamstresses to give you a basic one-over.
Bustles are cake, by the way. $80 to have a seamstress add one is a waste of money if you are even a beginner. Have someone help you though so it falls in the right place. There’s a tutorial floating around about how to do your own corset on one of the lady’s blogs here somewhere and I need to find it b/c mom’s doing mine tonight. We’re using hooks. And, FYI, my photographer said french bustles stay better than American bustles when buttons are involved but if you use hooks and eyes, an American bustle stays just fine!