Post # 1
Bees, I have a dilemma. I bought my dream gown preowned. Measured myself, was the exact same measurements. Bought my dream dress. I received the dress, it is even more beautiful in person. I put it on, and zip it up, go past my hips and butt and its perfect, get to my waist and its perfect and then, problem. It stops ziping up about three inches before its fully closed.
Even if the previous owner and I have the same measurements, she has the ribcage of a 12 year old apparently. It doesnt close by about an two inches at the top part. The dress has a built in corset but its just boning and closes with a hook. I was wondering if a lace up corset under my dress might help me reduce those two inches and let it zip up?I cant turn the dress into a corset back because it has extensive beading and it would just look wrong. I do know the owner was about 10 lbs lighter than I am right now, should I just diet and excercise first (the problem is that my Fiance doesnt want me to get bony lol) and this will fix it? Or would a corset help?
Post # 3
If the zipping stops because of your rib cage, neither corset or exercise is really going to change that. If its because of your bust, a corset could help. It just moves the mass around into a different location. Also, losing some weight could work, but it would have to be from your bust, and thats not really something you can easily focus on 😛
Can you post a picture of the back? Perhaps a corset back wouldnt look that bad at all…
Post # 4
I would ask a seamstress for help on either letting the dress out or see if they can somehow add in a lace up back to the dress that won’t look strange with it.
Post # 5
Take it to a seamstress they can work miracles!
Post # 6
I feel your pain! I am planning to get a steel-boned overbust corset to wear under my dress as well. I want something that will suck me in, give me a great hourglass figure, support my girls, and discourage slouching! I am not personally a fan of the corset-back look on a dress for myself (lovely for other people, LOVE what it does for a figure, but just not my taste for myself), so I am going this route.
Check out corset-story.com. I plan on buying from them, they have an excellent return policy. They say the corset can suck you in 4-6″!! I think with 6″ I wouldn’t be able to breathe, but even if it just pulled me in 2″ I’ll be thrilled 🙂
Post # 7
@minipenguin: What is a built in corset??
Post # 8
@sheepandbear: In my dress it has boning like a regular corset and hs a hook to close it. I do know that other dresses have a full corset (lace up) underneath their dresses that are attached to the dress. I just dont know how effective it is!
@ferdie224: I was looking at them too! I’m going to wait until I go visit in the States (live in Costa Rica) because the mail system here is a disaster to order one. My worry is that the dress has a low back and I dont want it to peek over it!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Well, how much do you weigh/what height are you? Is it healthy for you to lose the weight? If so I say just do that. The corset should help as well, but it would probably be more comfortable just not to have to wear it.
Post # 10
@minipenguin: I bought a dress online and it was too small in the bust (would not zip). I am chubby, but the last part of my body I loose weight from is the bust!
This is all to say I have been heming and hawing about adding a corset like yourself as I think it would detract from the overall look.
I have recently joined the gym and been more conscious of my diet and have lost 30 pounds. The dress zips up and looks great!
I would encourage you to excersize and diet a bit if you have the time to do so. I am so happy to not have to alter my dress.
Post # 11
Definitely going to take it to a seamstress! the only thing I can think of is maybe she can take beading from the skirt and do something but idk Here’s some pictures, sorry they’re not the best quality, it’s ipad lol Farther down is a picture of where the dress sits on my back, my hand is covering where it wont close, maybe the 10 lbs will work? I just dont want to lose boobs or butt! Which makes it hard, maybe ridiculous amounts of crunches? In the picture of me in the dress it had pads in so I was spilling over, now it doesnt look that way. The weird thing is, when I took the pads out it didnt help at all with the back part 🙁
Here’s a picture of myself in the dress, I mean, I like how I look now. Could I get more toned and fit, yes definitely so maybe not lose weight but inches? I know I have some fat around my ribs (it’s not like they show or anything) and it would be more comfy to not wear a corset but it will be hard! I’m 5’2 110 lbs, we’re talking almost 10% body weight! Normally my tummy is flat, that’s a food baby lol
@cochinealred: I think I’m going to try to lose those ten lbs, see how it works, I have time (the wedding date is May 2014 not 2016) So if by august or september I haven’t lost it, I will try to see maybe about a built in corset and if not then idk what I will do 🙁 And wow congrats on the weight loss! I’m complaining about 10 lbs, I’m super proud of you!!!!
Post # 12
I would say rather than putting yourself through the pain of a corset, do some exercise! Don’t go crazy intense, just do lots of cardio. That will reduce weight generally from all over your body. You said too that it’s only a couple of inches at the top, i think you could lose that no problem at all 🙂 Oh, and drink lots of water. Your body could be storing water if you don’t drink enough, so drinking tons of water every day will first make you bloat a bit and then all of that water weight will flush away! 🙂 Best of luck dear!
Post # 13
This is going to sound crazy but have you held your boobs up in the dress?
When I was trying on dresses there were a few that didn’t zip by a few inches and just pulling my boobs up and out of the way was enough to zip it. It made a huge difference.
Post # 14
before dieting I would take it to a seamstress and see what she has to say. you don’t look like you need to lose ten pounds.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@minipenguin: Are you wearing a bra in that picture? I feel like if you lose weight, since you’re already so thin, a good chunk of it should come right off the boobs lol
Post # 16
@mrsztobee: I’m going to try that today!!!! I hope it helps, I’m a 32D-DD depending on the bra so it might since there is some mass there!
@AlyBear: Just poured myself a glass! Thanks!