Post # 1
Anyone have any experience getting a zip-up dress altered to a corset-back?
The story: I bought my dress a year ago, because it was exactly what I wanted and was on sale online at Davids Bridal. Sadly, the chest no longer fits me. I have gained some weight, and most of it is in my boobs! I can’t zip it up once I get to my chest 🙁
I am working really hard on losing at least 5 pounds, which will hopefully start coming off my chest and the dress will fit. I am very petite (4’11”), so a 5 llb loss is significant on my body.
My wedding is in 12 weeks. I need to get the dress shortened, and need to get alterations done in April. I don’t know if I will be able to fit in the dress in just a couple of weeks!
Also, I wanted to lose 5-10 llbs before the wedding (what I’ve gained since I got engaged), and I’m worried that if I do have it altered, and she is able to take it out slightly to fit, that I will have to keep my current weight so the strapless dress will not fall down.
My potential solution is to have the zipper back changed to a corset tie, so that an inch more or less in the chest will not matter. Also, when I bought the dress, the waist needed to be taken in slightly (maybe 1/4 – 1/2″), and now it is tight. If I lose 5 llbs, the waist might become too loose.
Here is a pic of the back of the dress:
The bow is made to be optional, and I was going to remove it anyway. Do you think a corset back will look good with this dress?
Post # 3
What material is that made of? thats gorgeous! I say dont alter it…
but, I see your getting married in june, you can wait to have the bodice part done until closer too, right? my seamstress is starting on mine, my day is june 8, but I have to go back at least 2 more times, last time probably early to mid may
Post # 4
@beautifulmama28: Date twins! I am planing to go next week to get alterations started. I am going to start with the hem, obviously! After I ask her what she suggests, perhaps I will just wait and see if I can get to my goal weight by the end of April and stay there. I have already lost five pounds! I can now zip it up, but it is very tight!
Post # 5
I bought my dress at David’s and actually just got it back from alterations. It was a zip up back and I switched it to a corset back and I LOVE the way it turned out. The seamstress wasn’t sure if it would work because of the detail on my straps but, like I said, I love the way it turned out and I think it made it fit so much better everywhere- space where you need it, tight where you don’t.
Dress when I was trying it on with a zipper (and clips, it was too big):
After adding the corset (and bustle):
Post # 6
@MrsLoebbs: Nice! I love the illustion straps on your dress! I am still undecided about the corset back. I think it would give me great piece of mind to know that now matter if I fluctuate 5 pounds I will still have a perfect fit!
Post # 7
I had mine altered from a zipper to a corset back. I definitely prefer the corset back because it’s more forgiving if you gain/lose weight.
At my first fitting
Post # 8
You don’t look like you need to change the size, and if you are concerned get some heavy-duty Spanx.
I generally really dislike corset backs though. There are very few dresses that they work with, and I don’t think yours would look as nice with one.
Post # 9
I almost never like corset backs at all (just look to messy and busy to me).
But if you’re worried about sizing/fit, they are a pretty nifty solution since there is way more room for adjustment than a zipper/buttons.