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.
The 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.
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!
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.