(Closed) In case dress doesn’t zip up…could I do this?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve seen posts here where brides to be have had a lace-up back put in, but I don’t know how much that would cost.  It is an idea at least.

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a friend with a similar issue (the bridal salon ordered the wrong size)

what she did was let it out at the seams. She’d suggested the lace up or a v panel in the back, but the seamstress pointed out it wouldnt work very well structurally with the dress.


Post # 7
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Evie19: I did something similar. They made my reception dress too tight on top and I felt it was breaking my ribs when zipped up. So my mom sewed in a small piece alencon lace underneath the zipper, on top where the zipper ends. It was one of the swatches I got for my mantilla veil and matched my dress perfectly. The idea was if we can’t zip up all the way, there’ll be a triangle shaped opening on top and the second layer of lace will show. It worked so-so in practice. My dress slipped during our first dance and didn’t feel secure, so I ended up zippping it up all the way. It somehow felt comfortable the rest of the night.

Post # 9
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

I think letting the dress out at the seams would make the most sense, but it would have gaps in the beadwork, so you would have to have that fixed.  That would defeat the purpose of buying the dress smaller to avoid alteration costs though.  Before doing the fix, I would try wearing the dress without a bra and seeing it that does the trick.  Many of my BMs had problems zipping up the dress.  When they removed their bra, it went up just fine.  Lastly, try not to think about it too much until you have the dress in hand.  Aside from watching your weight, it’ll just be something to worry about that you can’t really control.

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