(Closed) How difficult is it to take in a corset-back dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My dress has a corset back, and I had to actually order a second dress when I lost weight.  They said it would be too difficult to take in. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Also, some people think you can just tie the dress tighter, but you actually can’t…it looks funny if it is tied too tight.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Mine is a corset back and its at my seamstress’s house right now. She said she is not sure if she can take it in but she is looking at it. She said she may have to take the the sidestiching out, then remove the boning, then reattach the boning and then stitch it back up. She didn’t look too confident that it was doable, but she is gonna try.

To be honest I am a bit worried. Mine needs to be taken in at least a half inch on each side, if not a full inch. As it is right now it ties to about only a one inch opening. I am pretty disappointed with being coerced into ordering a size too large -__- But I am just trying to put my trust in the seamstress, she’ll know if she can do it or not.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Im sure you really want a corset since that is what you bought, but if worst comes to worst, would you be able to replace the corset with buttons? I know some women do that.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

For me, I don’t think the corset was the biggest problem. She said the actual structure of my dress is so complicated that she is a bit hesitant to take it apart. I think that since its a corset it needed lots of boning. The seamstress said she thinks sometimes they put boning in superfluously…

@missmck: I will keep you posted on how it turns out. This seamstress came highly recommended to me by people in the area, and I know she does a lot of work for locals around here. I am hoping she can figure something out!

For my body type (top heavy) I don’t think I could replace the corset. The lacing up is what makes me feel really secure in the dress. If it comes to it, I might get a structured bra to wear underneath just to take up some room!

Post # 9
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Newbee

It probably depends on your dress style and how much it needs to be taken in.  I had a corset back dress, and my seamstress took it in on the sides.  The dress was loose in the waist and the bust, but not drastically so.  Look for a great seamstress and get her opinion.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

David’s Bridal will take in any dress up to 3 sizes. = ) At least, that’s what they told me.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Update for missmck: I went to my seamstress yesterday and she had taken in the two side seams of the inside layer of my bodice along my bust line. While the corset stil cinches to only a 1 inch opening, the fit is so much better! I feel more held up and secure and am very happy with what she did.

I am going to look at the panel when I go back next week to see if that can be shortened as you said your mom did? How complicated was that? My mother can sew pretty well, but is not a seamstress. Is it something I would need to ask my seamstress to do, or could my mom pull it off herself?

We haven’t even discussed money yet, the seamstress and I, but she was making fun of bridal salons that charge an arm and a leg to hem things so I am pretty confident that she won’t rip me off.

Let me know how its going with your dress!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

my seamstress went on holidays a month before my wedding – so my final fitting was super early… well I lost about 15lbs that month and when I put on my dress the morning of the wedding, it was WAY too big!!!   My corset was tied *all the way* up so you couldn’t even see the laces, it looked like a zip back dress!!  We had to take out the modesty panel completely, and the dress was bunched a bit right above my rear end, but we hid it somewhat with the suuuper long laces. 

I had a suspicion early on that the dress needed to be taken in, not just laced tighter, but the seamstress wouldn’t even attempt it, and it was a somewhat similar style as your dress, but mine had beading under the bust instead of a ribbon.  I hope you have better luck than I did!! 

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