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Taking in a wedding dress
Wedding dress too small above the waist
DebJ

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Date: 6/12/14 5:39 PM

Hi all,

My daughter bought a wedding dress a few months ago and it is too small above the waist. It is strapless with a fitted bodice and a gathered skirt. The zipper does up at the waist but then the gap gets further apart until it is almost 4 inches at the top.

There is not enough seam allowance to just let the dress out and redo the zipper. So I am looking for ways to add width where it is needed. There is beading and lace across the seams at the side of the bodice and the seams might have an extra 1/4" inch to let out.

It is a dilemma that I dont' know how to fix and she is getting married at the end of the summer. I have have thought of adding fabric and using lacing and take the zipper out but I am not sure how that would look? Any ideas would be gratefully accepted!

Cheers,
Deb

Sorry I meant to call this message, letting out a wedding dress!!

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Date: 6/12/14 5:54 PM

First of all get like bra closers for the back.
This will steady the top. Take out the zipper and put
Loops in get a satin string or make one to go
Down the back. You can get some satin and cover
The opening just so it doesn't show the back stay.
Hope this helps if you need more info
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Date: 6/12/14 6:47 PM

With an extra four inches? Definitely go the lacing route. I just saw pictures of this done when the bride discovered the problem the week of the wedding. My girlfriend (sister of the bride) found some fabric that complemented the wedding gown but did not match exactly. She took out the zipper and put matched buttonholes from bottom to top of the zipper-less opening. She added the extra fabric by stitching it along one side of the center back and adding a snap at the top of the other side. Then she laced it from top to bottom with a bold blue wide ribbon and tied with a graceful bow at the bottom. It wasn't quick to get in and out of, but it certainly was pretty! If the gown already has plenty of back-interest, then use fabric as close to matching as possible and matching medium-to-small sized ribbons. You could also lace bottom to top and tuck the ends of the ribbons inside the dress.

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Date: 6/12/14 8:16 PM

Thank you both for your suggestions regarding the lacing! I think that is the way we are going to go. I was worried about using eyelets and had not thought about buttonholes instead.

I also like the idea of the bra fasteners to make it sturdy underneath the lacing.

You ladies are just the best.

Deb

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Date: 6/13/14 9:06 AM

Hi Deb,

I'm curious about something. If you try the dress on your daughter without trying to zip up the zipper in any way, but try to "close" the top bodice hook & eye, is there still the same 4" gap? Also, I'm wondering if it is possible to wear it and try it on without a bra (if it has boning structure it might not need a bra).

I ask because I've often noticed when fitting, if the garment is too small and starts to be zipped, the front bodice starts to jut away from the body sometimes and giving the illusion that it needs more room than it really does. Sometimes, I end up pinching a little out of the back horizontal waist for the bodice to sit in place and LOWER the back neckline a bit so it closes lower on the back where there is usually a smaller body circumference.

The lacing up the back is an excellent idea and I've done that many times. There are actually many variations of the look that I'm sure in browsing through inspiration pictures she can find one that appeals to her.

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Date: 6/13/14 11:28 AM

If you are going the lacing way, I would not use button holes, I would use button loops. They can be purchased , and they are on a tape so they sew under the opening, with just the loops showing.
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Date: 6/13/14 12:39 PM

Hi Catina,

I have not had her try the dress on without a bra on, we will have to do that.

I will have to check out various ways to lace the back.

Thanks for your ideas.
Deb

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Date: 6/13/14 12:41 PM

Hi Pamela,

I will definitely check into using button loops instead. I had one other person I talked to suggest grommets, but I am not sure I want to do that as I have not ever used them before.

At least I have a bit of time before I have to do this change to the dress as she is not getting married until the end of August.

Thanks,
Deb

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Date: 6/13/14 5:25 PM

Swapping out the zipper for lacing usually works really well. Plus, back lacing is stylish now.

Often at the side seams, the lace will extend into the seam allowance, but not the beading. When the seam is let out a bit, unbeaded lace is exposed. You can leave it as it is, because it's under the arms and not very noticeable, or you can add more beads over the lace.

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Date: 6/13/14 5:38 PM

Some companies offer a lacing kit which you just have to sew to the edges where the zip was.

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