(Closed) dress won't zip up.

posted 7 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

Is there seam allowance? (Unused fabric inside the dress seams). If there is enough fabric to let it out then it is a doable alteration. They could add something to the sideseams but the fabric may or may not match.

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Do you have pictures? If you post a picture of the back at least I might be able to offer suggestions. I’m not a seamstress, but I work in a bridal salon.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

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gemg72:  I’d recommend a mix of shape wear, seeing if they can let some of it out, and a corset back. I’ve heard corset backs can give you another size, essentially. Good luck and let us know wjat you end up doing!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Princesserbear is right, corest back can go up or down 10-15 pounds, so there should be plenty of wiggle room. Dependent on the dress, you could always convert it to an open back as well. I’m curious to see the material as satin and taffeta are best for a corset back, some materials are not strong enough.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Dependent on the design and designer, the shapewear might bunch underneath and look lumpy.. Not how you want to feel on your wedding day. Do you know the desgner and style number? I can just look it up if you do! Corset back would probably work on this dress if it is satin!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

Depending on the maker, there may or may not be enough in the side seam allowance to let it out … some are quite generous and some leave nothing at all … after sideseams are released as much as possible, then maybe corseted back … you may not b able to match fabric perfectly, in which case could use a different texture or even color n make it look intentional … you really will need to see a good seamstress … wedding gowns are made up of several layers and internal shaping n altering them is not for the inexperienced (or faint of heart) … shapewear just smooths out the bulges, but don’t try to get it to tight that it will pull you in that much … you’ll just have bulges … a good seamstress should b able to look at it n tell you without charging for the consult … I once had to make a size 10 dress a 14 on top … thankfully it had a huge detachable train that I could use … the simplicity of your dress makes it even more important that u use a good seamstress or tailor … that satin will show every mistake … 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would add a corset back and eat healthy for the next year! You have plenty of time. Or get a new dress but obviously that’s the $$ option.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

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gemg72:  Even though you bought online, did you at least check the measurements and dress size against your own before buying? I get that you love the dress and want to save money, but if it’s not going to fit, it’s just not a suitable dress.

In cases where you are different sizes (e.g. a size 14 chest with size 10 waist, for example), I believe the conventional wisdom is to order the larger size (i.e. size 14) and get it tailored down. It is a lot easier for a seamstress to take in the seams than to add filler fabric. Also you will not risk losing any embroidery or pretty details.

Definitely make sure that it is comfortable — it is no joke to spend all day feeling like a stuffed sausage, especially when you may already be a puddle of nerves. Being constricted in a too-small gown may make you sick or throw up.

 

 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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gemg72:  Talk to a good seamstress. Anything can be altered.

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