Can you Change a Dress with a Zipper to a Corset Back?

Almost any wedding dress can be converted from a zipper back to a corset back. The hardest part is matching fabric. Most seamstresses that work through a bridal shop  or have connections with a bridal shop can get them to  order a corset kit from the manufacturer of the dress so the fabric matches perfectly  (We do this at Alterations By Christy).

There are uaually two reasons that someone would want to do this. The most common reason is that the dress is too small and won’t zip up past the waist. For a dress to be converted to a corset back, it MUST fit in the hip area.! If the dress is too tight and won’t go down over the hips or buckles at the waist, than it won’t work. 

The second reason is that you just like the corset style dress, even though the dress is a perfect fit.  If this is the case, than you will have to have the dress taken up in the sides to make it too small to zip, creating a gap of space for the corset.

ImageImageThe opening should look like a perfect V down the center back and be at least three to five inches wide for the corset to look nice.

The cost to do this is usually around $100.00, so be sure you factor that in when making a buying decision.


What Can you do if your zipper breaks on your wedding day?

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Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to a bride in Charlotte NC today.

I got a frantic phone call from the brides photographer( Deevo) owner of Fusion Photography in Charlotte, about three hours before the bride was to walk down the aisle to say her I do’s.

They were just getting ready to take pictures, when her zipper suddenly broke!

Her photographer is an acquaintance of mine, so he knew that I would know exactly what to do.

Fortunately for them ,I had just finished with my last appointment in Monroe and was able to jump in the car and get to the bride approximately 45 minutes away.

When I got there, the bride was in tears. I knew everything was going to be fine, but she was not yet convinced! I re-assured her that I was going to take care of it and no would even notice. All she needed to do was to put the dress back on and relax as much as possible.

I had packed thread to match her dress, a needle and some scissors. .

I had to hand sew the zipper opening closed while she had the dress on. I had someone else hold the dress closed as I began sewing.

 I sewed  tiny little stitches near the edge of the zipper lap, starting from the bottom and working my way up to the top.

The key is, thick thread and tiny stitches making it strong but invisible.

Every bride should pack a wedding emergency kit that includes: safety pins, spot remover, thread TO MATCH ALL THE DRESSES, a needle and some scissors.

Anyone with  basic hand sewing skills can do this. Zippers do break from time to time but if you are prepared, its doesn’t have to ruin your special day!

Before and after pictures will be posted soon. 704-840-7661

“How Far in Advance Should I Rent my Tuxedo for Prom”

Most places prefer that you rent or reserve your tuxedo at least three weeks prior to the event date. Especially during the prom season, which is the busiest season of the year!

If you reserve your tuxedo in a timely manner, you won’t have to worry about availability. Once you come in and reserve your tuxedo, vest, and tie, they take it out of the system so no one else can rent it. You won’t have to worry that the one you wanted, won’t be available for your special day!

If you have a particular color that has to match the girls dress and you procrastinate, you may find out that they ran out of that color of vest and tie you needed and had to give you the closest thing to it.

The most common problem that occurs when guys wait , is that the average sizes and most popular jackets rent out first. When this happens, they have to substitute if, for either a more expensive jacket or maybe the cheapest looking one.

You may also accure a rush fee, on top of the rental cost. Especially if it has to be shipped over night!

Most places only require a deposit and you can pay the balance when you pick it up.

Tuxedos are usually a weekend rental and never come in any sooner than a few days prior to the event, unless you pay for another weekend rental.

Rent it now and get it off your mind!

When Should I Start Shopping for My Prom Dress?

ImageShops  put out their prom dresses  for the new year as early as January. January is the time to get the best selections. Things get gone extremely quick in prom season. As soon as gowns hit the floor they are taken. The hottest new styles are usually the very first to go. So do not wait around until the best styles are picked over. Get a head start so that you will not get leftovers.

You also need to purchase early to make time for alterations if needed. A good seamstress starts scheduling alterations for prom in January. There are only a few good seamstresses and hundreds of girls going to prom in your area. You do the math!

When Should I Buy my Wedding Gown if I’m Trying to Lose Weight?

My advice is to start working on the weight loss as soon as you set the wedding date. (Especially if you start planning a year in advance) Give yourself six to eight weeks to lose as much weight as you can before you start shopping. You will feel much better about how you look in the gowns and it will make the experience more exciting and enjoyable. Most girls do this in reverse order! Of course, this may not be possible if you are planning a wedding in six months or less.

First you have to find the perfect dress and that can take some time. After you find it and place the order, it can take several months for the wedding gown to arrive in the store. Don’t forget, during the peak seasons, it may take four to six weeks to for alterations.

Order the wedding gown in the size you are at the time of ordering, not what you hope to be! It can be taken in a size or two if you lose more weight, but not always let out that much.

Of course if you don’t have much time but want to lose weight, your other option is to wait until a month or two before the wedding and to buy a gown off the rack.

If time is on your side, work on the weight first!

What is a Bustle?

A bustle is where the train of the gown is pulled up to keep it from dragging the floor or getting stepped on and damaged during the reception.

The method of bustling depends greatly on the seamstresses and on the style of gown.

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Is There a List of Websites to Avoid When Purchasing a Wedding Gown Online?

 I strongly suggest that you go to your local bridal shop to buy your wedding gown! I will post a list of some of the bridal shop in the Charlotte and surrounding NC areas that I recommend and that have great prices on top quality gowns, at a later date.

Below are just a few of the websites to avoid:

These websites offer very low prices on wedding gowns, but you will also get a very sub-standard dress! Please remember the old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it usually is!

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