(Closed) Lace-Up-Back Alterations

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

oh, anything’s possible, for a price.

You’d probably have to order a size up to allow enough fabric. If I were you, I’d get a (written) quote for the alterations you want from the shop where you’re buying it, and then take a photo or sketch of the back of the dress to your trusted regular tailor, and ask her for a similar quote.

That way you’ll know how much it’s going to cost you to do this, and whether you should keep looking or go for it!

Post # 4
40 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010

yep, my bridal shop said they could do anything I wanted to as far as altering the dress goes…add train, remove train, halter, cap sleeves, lace up or zipper, but like the other poster said….FOR A PRICE. Good luck!

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It is totally possible!! I would just talk to the seamstress….I was told that it would be about $100 when I asked that question about a gown (I didn’t end up getting it though).

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

i had this same question about a gown, and the salon told me that it could definitely be done – the dress would just have to be ordered in a size up from what you would have otherwise ordered in order for the corset material to reach in the back.  the consultant said that the seamstress would be able to give more precise answers, but she said that she thought that it would would probably cost $150 to put a zipper, and $150 to add covered buttons (which is what i prefer to a lace-up corset)

Post # 8
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My dress is a corset back, and if I wanted to make it into a zipper instead, I’d have had to go up at least 2-3 sizes…so make sure your bridal shop knows what they’re doing when they take measurements, and that you’re willing to pay for significant alterations.  Some designers have the option of corset or zip back, so check with the shop to see if the designer of your dress has the option — it would be MUCH easier to have the dress made with a zipper than to have it altered after the fact.  Who is the dress by?

Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Excellent ladies! I have the same problem. I have a lace up and want a zipper with buttons. I am a size 8 but have bought a size 12 dress. The front is stunning but I’m not in love with the back. I’ll look in to it when I get my dress re-sized 🙂

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