Post # 1
So there is a dress I want to purchase, but it’s a zip-up back and I want it changed to a corset back to allow more room. The dress is going to be a little snug as it’s about 2 inches too tight in the hip area, but the zipper zips up from mid-hip. It is thee ONLY dress I can ind in my price range that is something I am looking for. It is more of an evening gown and a wedding dress. I want to know if anyone has every had this alteration and if so, 3 questions. 1 – The Cost I will be looking at, and 2 – Is it hard to find a seamstress that knows how to do this? 3- Do you think it is possible to give more room and have a good fit by doing this? I have been searching in my area and only one seamstress shows up period. I am in the Lansing, Michigan area, so if there are any recommendations for anywhere near this area that would be helpful as well!
Post # 2
Hi! I am having this done as we speak 🙂 The seamstress in my area is quite amazing and she has done it a lot before – I go for my fitting on Monday (the 18th) so I can let you know how it turns out and the cost etc. I know what you mean, mine was a beautiful zippered back with pear buttons but I just am more confortable with a corset back knowing I can tighten/loosen it as needed. I think it will be a better fit for you but your seamstress should know more. I will keep you updated 🙂
Post # 3
Miss.Hen: Awesome! Okay, thank you! 🙂
Post # 4
My sister did this with her bridesmaid dress for my wedding. She ordered her dress while being like 6-7 months pregnant (she gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy, like 60lbs) and had to try & guess what size would fit her when she was 3 months post giving birth. She was wrong with her guess & couldn’t zip up her dress. The seamstress at the boutique we purchased them at said that particular dress can’t be turned into a corset…so she went to her friend’s seamstress & said absolutely no problem. And it was exactly what she needed! Everything went well & it looked great! The only answer that I don’t have for you is the cost, sorry. People do that a lot though.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2015 - The Old Courthouse in Cleveland
I’m doing this too! glad I’m not the only one. I was kind of freaking out about it working out. But I am going to be out of the country for 10 months before my wedding, so I wanted to have a corset back so I don’t have to worry much about gaining/ losing 5 lbs (it is very tight now).
Post # 6
ahough2: I had mine done. But the difference for me was that I had it done by the designer when I ordered the dress. I actually had so much more room with the corset I probably could have gone down a size. I was charged $250 for it… Idk if thats good or not but it came out great so Im pleased with it 🙂
Post # 7
Peanut-Sue: That’s my problem also! I am due any day now, but my wedding is in a month! So I have to guess a size and although I might not need to go this route, I needed to look at the possibilities in case the dress didn’t fit! lol. I can’t exactly try one on, so I am just ordering online. 🙂
Post # 8
ahough2: I had this done. I went to a local seamstress and it was WAY cheaper than David’s Bridal was going to be! I can’t remember exactly how much it was but all of my alterations were only $110 and that included converting it to a corset back, taking it in, hemming the bottom, and adding a bustle. I’m thinking the corset part was like $35 of it? I know the hemming was a big chunk because the bottom of my dress was covered in rosettes with beading. But David’s Bridal was going to charge more for just the corset than I paid her for all of my alterations combined.
ETA: Your wedding is in a month!?!? If you want to do this, find a seamstress ASAP!
Post # 9
ahough2: I am considering this. My dress fits the way it is, but I have always loved a corset back. I know its on my seamstress’ list of a la carte alterations (and its reasonable). She’s done it a lot. And she’s amazing. She’s done a lot of work for our family and friends for past weddings, I trust her implicitly. If she says its a go, I’ll do it. If she says no (I know she’ll have a list of reasons) I’ll trust her decision.
Post # 10
Ellie85: Hey, thanks for the response and pricing! I was just referred to a seamstress by a friend today who has awesome pricing I’ve heard, ordered the dress today which should be here in a week, by then baby should be here as I’ll be 39 weeks Monday! So yes, cutting it very close on timing, but I think I’ll be okay. 🙂