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Date: 8/24/13 9:24 AM

My daughter's wedding dress will have a lace overlay. The gown itself will have a zipper, but I want the lace overlay to have buttons and loops. I read somewhere in this thread that wedding gowns always have a zipper under the buttons and loops. Is is necessary to have both bottoms and a zipper on the lace overlay? I'm concerned about the density of the closure on the delicate lace.

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Date: 8/24/13 8:36 PM

My wedding dress had buttons and loops without a zip underneath! (I made it, but I don't think I invented something new there). It was perfectly secure, if you're concerned about that. Mine wasn't lace, but it seems like an appropriate closure for that fabric. I suppose you may need to stabilise the edge, depending on how delicate the lace is.

A lot of RTW dresses have zips with fake buttons (no loops) over the top. I guess because it's easier to mass produce (also easier to put on). Maybe that's what people were talking about when they said dresses commonly had both.
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Date: 8/25/13 7:45 AM

I work in bridal and we have dresses with lace overlays with just the buttons and loops on the lace. Thea under dress usually always has a zipper.

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Date: 8/25/13 10:51 AM

I would think that if the gown had the zipper, that would be enough to keep the lace overlay from pulling with just a button and loop. Assuming it is two different pieces of clothing. If it isn't it might be too much strain on the lace, unless there is a very good reinforcement at the closure.

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Date: 8/25/13 4:57 PM

I saw a dress last week with a built-in corset that closes with hooks and eyes in the back, with loops and buttons in the dress fabric. This puts any strain on the corset instead of the loops and gives the dress the look of a very expensive (no visible zipper) designer gown.

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