(Closed) Your opinions on button backed dresses

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I add loops on the other side of the zipper to make the buttons functional?

    Yes, non-functional buttons are tacky

    Yes, but it doesn't really matter if the buttons are non-functional

    No, who cares if the buttons are just on the zipper

  • Post # 33
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @SlovenePrincess:  Well that seems to be a bit of an extreme response to this post.  Haha.


    OP: I can definitely see what you mean. I actually specifically asked my mom if mine had loops when she picked up my dress because I like how they make the buttons lay flat. I don’t think I’d spend a bunch of money getting the loops added though (I’d actually probably add them myself). Your dress is GORGEOUS by the way! I’m sure whatever you decide will look just great!


    Post # 34
    6299 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had non-functioning buttons over my zipper. My seamstress actually didn’t like it..lol..and she switched my zipper (previously had a flap of fabrib covering it) to an invisible zipper so it all came together seamlessly. Then she repositioned the buttons. 

    Post # 35
    65 posts
    Worker bee

    @mylittleviolett:  The functional buttons have another feeling…and iif you altered it you will have a duble protected dress. 🙂

    Post # 36
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    my dress has non functional buttons, and i’m just leaving them as is. i like the suggestion of the elastic though! i just don’t care enough to deal with it and have someone take the time to pull the loops on the wedding day, and i know my Fiance wouldn’t be able to help me at night LOL.

    Post # 37
    2943 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine has both.  It has a zipper covered with buttons that have to be buttoned to cover the zipper, then starting below that it has decorative buttons all the way down to the end of the train.  I love it! 

    Post # 38
    3054 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I like them.

    Post # 39
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    it looks beautiful

    Post # 40
    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    I had the same issue with my dress, I bought a metre of ivory elastic button loops from amazon and unpicked the zip on the opposite side to the buttons then sewed it all back together, ending up like the photograph that  @MlleFabuleux has shown. 

    I think it now looks so much better, as non-functional buttons you could see the zip and i did not like the thought of photographs of the back of my dress with wonky buttons and a obvious zip! 

    Post # 41
    1883 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Another non-functioning button-backed bride here!  I loved them!

    Post # 42
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The buttons are to help hide the zipper, without the loops the zipper is more exposed. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with nonfunctional buttons if you like the look. I doubt anyone will look at the back of your dress closely enough to notice.


    Post # 43
    1320 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Puppy Love:  I thought so, too, at first. But I think[/hope] she might have meant that “this post was dumb” not because of the OP or her concerns, but more because if any of OP’s guests actually care/say something about decorative buttons then that‘s dumb (in turn, it would make the idea of having to worry about this in the first place dumb–not the actual worrying). 


    Or…I’m just superimposing my own interpretations onto someone else, and you’re correct in the first place. Either way, it seems plenty of people are being helped by this post. So, it’s definitely useful! 

    Post # 44
    7103 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Mine had functional buttons over the zipper. I tried on a dress with buttons that weren’t functional, which to be honest I prefer the functional buttons, it doesn’t matter either way that’s just me

    Post # 45
    50 posts
    Worker bee

    Zipper with buttons and loops.

    Post # 46
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I LOVE buttons on a dress. On the back of mine they are 50% real and 50% decorative. The one on the top are real but all the way down the train are decorative. Every 5 button or so there is also a crystal. It’s probably one of my favourite features of my dress.



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