Post # 1
I am thinking about changing from a zipper to corset back because of how my dress fits and I’d like to be able to tighten it more. Does anyone know how much it costs to do it? If so, could you also post before and after pictures?
Post # 4
I think it depends on where you go – it varies from one salon to another… When I was dress shopping last fall, one salon told me it would be about $150 to change to a corset back. I’m keeping my zip up, so I’m not positive….
Post # 5
Hey! I had this done to my dress (far too small sample, couldn’t order in my size because it was discontinued).
It cost me $175.00. I don’t know if that is standard, but to me it was worth it because I can now actually wear my dress LOL. Also, I am thrilled with the change, because it whittles in my waist in a way a zipper probably couldn’t.
Keep in mind when I purchased my dress, the seamstress there (this is Priscilla of Boston, no defunct) gave me extra fabric free of charge that was the closest match to my dress and that fabric is what we used for the tie and the panel. So it might be extra if you don’t have that fabric.
I don’t have any pictures yet but my next fitting should be in a month.
Post # 6
Mine was $80 to change from zipper to corset. My dress is the Allure 8329 which has a heavily beaded top. When I get ahold of my pictures (FMIL took them) from my last fitting I’ll post them.
Post # 7
@Kari 2012: Great price. Mine also has SUPER heavy beading front and back and a double zipper because it was so heavy. I am really amazed with what seamstresses can do with these kinds of dresses. I would be so nervous!
Post # 8
My dress cost $250 to alter to a corset back (it was more since I requested silk, and they had to match the colored fabric on my dress)
Post # 9
$20 if you get it altered in China (about 4 hours of work) 🙂
Post # 10
I’m a seamstress. . . in backwoods Vermont. If someone like me were to do it ($18 per hour) it would be about $80 – $100. If you need lots of extra fabric, that might cost a bit more.
I think the price of alterations varies a lot with your location, and how long the person you take it to has been in business– the more experienced people sometimes charge up to $30 per hour.
The thing is, if a dress is uncomfortable, then it’s worth it to get it altered. I’d hate to have to wear a fancy dress all day and have it be uncomfortable!
Post # 11
Mine cost $125 to put in the corset back (I’m using a seamstress who works independently, not for a bridal store).
@Creiddylad: Your advice is going to be in hot demand! Lots of questions on here regarding dresses and alterations. 🙂
Post # 12
@Creiddylad: how much do you charge to make a deeper sweet heart/change the neckline.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies, my dress is heavily beaded too. The issue is not that it’s too small, it’s too big and I find that I might need a corset-back to pull it in as much as I’d want to to get the look I had when I tried it on. I was very upset when I picked up my dress, I looked like a box in it. I know she can take it in, I’m just worried that she won’t be able to pull it in enough… Which is where i thought a corset back might be better.
Post # 14
You could just buy some novelty items called “frogs”. Sew one on each side of where the zipper goes. Fold the zipper under or remove. Frogs could be inside or outside of dress though it sounds as if yours would be on the outside since your dress is a little too big. Buy double the amount of frogs you need because one half of the set has a knot in it.
You could also sew some fancy buttons on and loop the ribbon around them (ugly example but you get the idea below):
Post # 14
Creiddylad : hi there; I stumbled upon this post while I was researching options for my dress. If this is still something you can do, please contact me [email protected] 🙂