Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
When I purchased my dress (a sample) the dress fit perfectly, just a tiny bit tight on the hips. So I started to exercise more (adding 2 extra days to my 3 day workout routine). I basically just wanted to lose maybe 1/2 inch on my thighs and tone my arms more. Instead I ended up losing 30 lbs. So when I purchased my dress the corset was fine. When I tried on my dress again after losing weight the corset was done tighter and the dress still was falling off me. So I’m thinking since the dress is so much bigger on me now and will need alterations anyway, do I want to leave the back as a corset or do I want to change it to a zipper and add buttons down the back? I love the look of buttons on a wedding gown. It looks so vintage and romantic.
So here is my dress when I bought it:
And here is my dress how it fits now, ignore the black bra and veil:
Post # 3
It looks like it’s too big to use as is, but too small to convert to a zipper. The edges in the back should be able to overlap if you want to change to a zipper. So you would have to let it out at the sides in order to get that overlap. I think it would look nice either way!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@idoalterations: I honestly think she could have done the corset tighter but maybe she thought it would be too tight, or maybe she wanted to keep the look of a corset. I kept having to pull it up. I suppose I can find out when I talk to a seamstress. But I honestly think the fabric could touch and still be comfortable.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I would just have it taken in and leave the corset. I love corset tops though.
I had a zipper on my dress and it’s the one thing I really didn’t like about it. It also made problems when I dropped 3 dress sizes a week before my wedding and couldn’t get my dress altered again. It was really falling off me. If it had a corset, it could have been pulled tighter and wouldn’t have been an issue on the big day. I really didn’t see weight loss like that coming. I think it was stress or something. It’s never happened to me before and I gained it all right back after the wedding.
Post # 6
I voted to keep the corset.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
even though I did fittings, my dress ended up being too loose on my wedding day. I really wish I had done the corset. why leave it to chance? the body can fluctuate so much, and the tiniest bit of looseness can cause the dress slump.
Post # 8
My dress had a zipper. I was so stressed out before my wedding that I didn’t eat for 4 days and lost some weight and had a noticeable gap between the small of my back and my dress. A corset back would’ve prevented that.
Post # 9
I love the corset back so I vote keep. As others have said, the flexibility of it is awesome. And it goes both way. If you drop more weight it will still fit. I was a little bloated on my wedding day and if I had a zipper back it might not have fit! Plus I like the fact that it can be pulled in tight to give the tiny waist look 🙂
Post # 10
As much as I loved the look of my zipper back it was a little stressful knowing I did not have much room to go bigger or small if needed the day of, and a corset might have kept my stress down a little about trying to maintain my weight since the last alteration.