Post # 1
So I am one of those foolish broads that was seduced by the low prices of Peridress. My anxieties so far are not justified, thank goodness. I should receive my dress the end of March (only a few weeks!).
I, however, read up on the site before buying and with all the negative reviews out there I decided a plan B was definitely necessary. So I bought a dress off ebay for around $40. It arrived in great shape but wasn’t exactly my style so I started altering it myself. So far, so good. One problem that continues to hamper me though… it won’t zip up all the way. My rib cage is just too big. I had the brilliant idea to convert it to a lace-up back. But the brilliance of that idea faded when I tried to figure out how exactly I would do that.
Any advice? Any other DIY brides out there who (unlike me) have the tailoring skills to back up their brilliant ideas?
Post # 3
converting a zipper back to a corset back is actually a pretty difficult thing to do …
You need to take into consideration if there is any beading or details that will have to be moved… you also need to consider the shape of the dress… some dresses have to high of a waist that you wont keep the same shape…
You will have to find loop tape & ties that match your dress as well as the panel to go in the back if you dont want your back showing.
Otherwise you esentially cut a ‘V’ from the upper back down to the hip line, turn the edges in, insert loops and sew it enclosing the loops in the edge.
Then if you want a modesty panel you would sew that in to one side
Since you got a steal on the dress i would consider hiring a seamstress to do this… I sew alot but i could never had had the nerve to do all the alterations to my own dress… just too stressful and time consuming. A private seamstress should charge you around a$100 to do an alteration like this.
Post # 4
I would try asking a professional seamstress how much it would cost to alter. I think it would be too stressful to do it yourself.
Post # 5
For best results look to find a seamstress to make the gown look like it was never altered.