Convert dress from a zippered back to a corset back

30 Sep

Recently I had a bridal party ask me to alter the bridesmaid dresses from a zippered back to a corset back. The reason being that many of the dresses were simply too small.

The gap in the back of most of the dresses.

The gap in the back of most of the dresses.

Several of the dresses needed at least three inches let out. Rather than try to do this through the seam allowances I was asked to take out the zipper and make a corset back.

Finished dress with corset back

Finished dress with corset back

This isn’t the best picture as the dress is only on a hanger, but it gives the general idea. For the corset ties I used leftover fabric from when I hemmed the dresses. Also there is a strip of fabric snapped into the opening (also remnants from the hem).

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