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.

http://www.fusionphotographystudio.com 704-840-7661

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We specialize exclusively in alterations on bridal, pageant, prom and all other types of formal wear . Christy has over 17 years of full-time sewing experience. She has altered hundreds, if not thousands of formal dresses in that time!  Several bridal shops in and around the Charlotte,NC area refer their cusomeres to us. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau of North Carolina
 
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