(Closed) Do zipper dresses still “suck it all in”?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a dress with a zipper. The seamstress tailored it so it fits perfectly and I think it’s quite slimming.

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

A dress with a zipper can be made in such a way that it sucks it all in.  For example, NotFroofy’s dress had an elastic band inside, around the middle, that sucked in her waist.  However, because the zipper is not adjustable the way a corset is, it is not as customizable in how much it sucks in and where.

Post # 5
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

With a zippered dress, it will depend on what (if any) structure it has built into the bodice.  For example: boning, built-in corset (some have a corset underneath which the zipper then goes over), and the thick elastic waist that 2dBride mentioned.  Some will have structure and be able to suck more in than others…it will vary from dress to dress.  Zippered dresses can still be very slimming if they are altered to fit correctly!  It all depends what you want in a dress…

Post # 6
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


This is me in a Maggie corset sample size 10:

This is me in a zipper back size 8 only 2 weeks prior to the previous picture:

So, while I obviously recommend getting the correct size — that baby was TIGHT — it can still do wonders for your figure! And to be fair, the corset could have been tied tighter, too. I have another pic of a Maggie size 10 that gave me a similarly small waist when tied properly. And I definitely second what the previous posters have said about being sure it is altered properly and if it has structure inside.

Post # 7
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m worried about my zippered dress as well. Have any of you ever added an attached corset inside of your zippered dress?

Post # 8
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As a size 12/14 gal, I was also worried about this.  The dress I ended up ordering had a zipper back but I was planning on altering it to a corset back in alterations.  Needless to say, I loved it when it came in my size.  What a difference that makes.  Also, I have to agree with the posts above.  My gown had an inner corset plus this belt like thing.  But overall, I think fabric makes the biggest difference.  A chiffon gown is just not going to suck you in as much as a taffeta, satin, lace gown.  Take that into consideration.

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