Post # 1
Hi ladies, so I have my fitting at DB in about a month, and they are going to change the back of my dress from zip up to lace up. YAY I’m so excited!!!
She said that the base price is about $115, but that if they have to supply the ribbon for the back as well, it bumps it up to $170!!! Really?!?!?1 For RIBBON?!?!?! She said I am, however, welcome to bring my own… which is exactly what I intend to do!
My question is, do you think regular white ribbon, like the kind that comes on a spool at wal mart, would work? or is there a special kind I need to get? Anyone who can offer advice on what kind to get and where, it would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I do not have a super specific answer for it, but the ribbon on my corset is really dense–I actually think the “ribbon” is made of the same material my dress is made from. If you really want to tug on that corset/cinch your waist in, you probably want a strong, high-quality ribbon!!
Post # 4
Wow David’s refused to alter the design of my dress at all, stating it’s in their contract with their designers. Anyway, I’m getting mine changed at a private seamstress and it’s only $135 which includes the fabric for the paneling and the satin ribbon and the satin for the eyelets. @huckleberry783:is right it is pieces of satin sewn to look like ribbon, not plain ribbon.
Post # 5
I would think if their ribbon was highly overpriced or they were trying to rip you off they wouldn’t even allow you to bring your own material. I’m sure they have had brides bring in their own walmart ribbon and when they put it on your dress it either A. Looks cheap and not the same material/texture/shade as your dress or B. It rips when they tighten your dress.
Post # 6
I’m not sure about regular craft ribbon since it needs to be pretty strong. I really had to cinch my dress to get it tight and I’m not sure if craft ribbon would be strong enough. I bought two sample dresses and one of the dresses didn’t have the ties/ ribbon material for the corset dress. So I went to Joanne’s craft store and bought about 2-3 yards of the satin wedding dress material. I then asked my seamstress to make the one inch wide ribbon. I think she charged me about $20 in labor to make. As for the satin material, I think it was like $9 a yard. If you want to save some money, I would go this route.
Post # 7
I agree that regular ribbon probably won’t cut it in this case. Maybe look for some type of lacing instead? Idk if they would have anything pretty enough though. I would probably just pay the $170, but then again, I paid $120 for a sash that is essentially a piece of ribbon. It just seems worth it to me to make sure that everything turns out how you want it to look.
Post # 8
To get your dress laced up properly, ribbon from a spool won’t work. Well, it might, but it won’t look pretty. The ribbons with wedding dresses are far heavier – I know mine is at least double the weight of the dress material. You COULD pick up some thick satin the color of the dress (or in one of your wedding colors) and sew a tube/cord (serged, if you know someone who has a serger). I don’t know how long the ribbon would have to be, though. I’ve made cords like that, though, and they are a pain in the butt to make.
Post # 9
ha I had no idea! I’m soooooo glad I posted this thread!!! I don’t sew either, so I guess I’ll just pay them the extra.
@sit1010: You made me nervous! They refused to alter your dress? I did call ahead and ask if they would alter it to a corset back (didn’t tell her the specific dress though), and also talked to my consultant and told her my plans and she said that would look beautiful. You would think they would be eager to do it since it’d more $$$ for them??? Was your dress one of the Vera Wang White collection or something?
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2012 - Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom
I haven’t chosen a wedding dress yet and I think it depends on the look you are going for. I bought a prom dress that was a size too small and my aunt who is an amazing seamstress put in a corset back using bright pink satin ribbon. She used bright pink satin along the edges where the zipper had been, but the lacing itself was just regular ribbon, so I know it CAN work, it’s just a matter of if that’s what you want. Can’t wait to see pictures when it’s all finished!
Post # 11
@huckleberry783: My “ribbon” was more like yours. It really was fabric, not ribbon.
Post # 12
Get a very strong, high quality ribbon! I have a corset that I’m wearing with my dress, and the ribbon that came with it is stock ribbon, very “slippery” and thin. The knot always comes out and my corset starts coming undone, so I’m going to go buy some THICK quality ribbon and research ways to lace it better so it stops doing this.