Has anyone replaces their zipper on wedding dress with a corset?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Bump – I’m interested in this as well – terrified though as well – I guess that’s why it’s important to have a really good seemstress. 🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

“Adding a corset to the back” will do nothing unless the dress has the support for the tension (boning). If you do alter your dress in that way, expect an accident to happen, like the eyelets ripping out. If you MUST keep the dress, look for a long line bra, a waist cincher, or some kind of shape wear.

I really think you’re best off selling the dress online and going for another. The alterations alone would cost a significant portion of what a new dress would be. Plus, you really should get a dress that’s going to fit you well. Without seeing the dress I can’t make any suggestions, but even with the best corset underneath the dress, you’re not going to get 2″ of a gap closed without “spilling” out the top or looking too constricted.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I put a corset in my dress and it held up great I am a large chested gal and had no issues whatsoever.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Here’s one I did.  I don’t have pictures of it on the bride.  It was WAY too small for her and because of the beading, letting it out was not an option.  Can you show a pic of your dress?  I might be able to tell you if adding a corset would be a good or bad idea.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

idoalterations:  That looks amazing, what a fantastic job –  It looks like the dress was always that way.  If I knew my dress would look like that afterwards I would have no problem handing it over to be altered.  Since we’re discussing alterations I just have one other quick question.  Are you able to repair missing beads? I purchased my dress used, and there are a few spots where a few of the beads have come off.  How do seamstresses normally fix this type of thing if they don’t have the missing beads? Thanks 🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a dress which zips, but because of how “well endowed” I am in the boob area we are going to do the corset thing. I think it will be cute actually. But if it doesn’t work out I have a back-up. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

HeLovesMexo:  I did replace my zippered dress with a corset– I will try to find a pic on here of the corset….it worked out wonderfully and I’m so glad I did it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

HeLovesMexo:  Hard to tell without a back view.  I’m guessing they don’t want to do it because of the chiffon overlay on the skirt.  Would you be ok with a half and half corset?  They could keep the zipper on the bottom half and do a corset from the waist up.

smad11:  Thanks!  Yes, usually missing beads can be replaced unless the ones missing are really unusual or colored.  Whenever I do a dress that requires getting rid of some beads, I keep them for future projects.  Even if the missing ones are replaced with slightly different beads, it’s doubtful anyone would notice (unless they are really unusual).

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did!!! I just preferred the look of the corset. Here is the before:

 

and on my wedding day:

Absolutely no support issues and I loved the way it looked!!!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

 

HeLovesMexo:  The dress didnt start out too small but I gained a ton of weight with my meds so this was the simple solution lol

 

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