(Closed) Crazy idea: zipper to remove bottom of dress for dancing?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Tova Marc at Wedding Dress Fantasy can do this!! She is making my custom dress and I saw on her site a dress that had a removable bottom!! You should check her out she is amazing

Post # 3
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That is a fabulous idea!!  I purposely did not get a train because I didn’t want to deal with all of that or get a second dress. I would have totally done this though.

Post # 4
769 posts
Busy bee

It can totally be done in theory. You just need to find someone experienced enough to pull it off. If the bottom of the dress is heavy, you don’t want it pulling and ripping the zipper halfway through your wedding, before you have a chance to remove the bottom. Great idea though!

Post # 5
2274 posts
Buzzing bee

Wonderful !There have been a couple on SYTTD with similar intentions but not a zipper.

Do it, and post pictures, please

Post # 6
9146 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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pickles325:  I think it’s a great idea! I actually skipped on a mermaid dress because I thought it looked totally stupid once I saw how it would be bustled and this would have been a great alternative!

Post # 7
103 posts
Blushing bee

You’ll definitely need a very experienced seamstress to do this. Depending on how the dress is lined and whether or not there’s a seam allowance, this might be very tricky. Prior to letting a seamstress attempt this, make sure you see examples of her work in person- specifically, ask her to show you garments where she’s installed an “invisible zipper” and a “separating zipper”. (You’d need an invisible separating zipper for this.) Make sure her work looks neat and tidy- the invisible zipper must be truly invisible!

This definitely works in theory, but in reality, if an amateur attempts this, it will likely be a disaster: pieces not lining up properly, or the zipper being wobbly and obvious.

Your dress is gorgeous!  I hope you find someone who can do this for you.

Post # 8
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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pickles325:  OMg I love love love that dress and I love the idea!!! I have no clue if its possible, but the top of the dress would look so good as a mini dress too if you zipped off the bottom! Good luck 🙂

Post # 9
1641 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve seen dresses that do this! The only thing that comes to mind is that a lot of times the “fit” part of the mermaid dress makes it very tight in the thigh, so dancing still wouldn’t be the easiest thing, or it may ride up.

Post # 10
7112 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think this is a brilliant idea! My best friend had a train that was removable. I think hers was with buttons rather than a zipper, but similar. It worked out great and she was so grateful that she didn’t have to drag around the train or deal with a bustle!

Post # 11
1819 posts
Buzzing bee

I am a seamstress here and a zipper is possible but tricky like pp said. I would definitely find someone experienced, see examples of his/her work and have them look at the dress and talk about your options. The trick will be hiding whatever is on the bottom of the dress after the skirt comes off. There is snap tape, magnets, hooks & bars–several options all will depend on how the dress is made. Also be prepared to pay a decent amount for this alteration. you dont want to cheap out on this. good luck!

Post # 12
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A good idea in theory, but think of the rigidity a zipper gives fabric. That will be the look at the hem of your dress. It won’t hang like normal fabric.

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