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easy solution for bodice alteration?

NYFox | Posted in Fitting on

Help! My daughter’s bridesmaid’s dress is a mock two-piece with a boned corset style top, sequined & beaded, obviously lined, etc. She could stand to have it taken in, probably a total of maybe two inches at the very most, basically through the midriff. The bustline is fine. I don’t have the time to deal with taking the multiple layers apart, removing boning, etc., etc.

I had this great idea to tack a piece of grosgrain ribbon to the inside just above the wasitline, allowing her to tie it snuggly inside the bodice before zipping up (center back zipper.) I was hoping this would give the desired effect of nipping in the waist without all the UNsewing and REsewing necessary otherwise. Does anyone out there think this would work? It’s only a little bit of effort, so maybe I’ll just give it a try. The only problem I could foresee was that it might gap at the top of the back of the bodice.

Any ideas?



  1. suesew | | #1

    Can you remove the zipper, fold back an inch or whatever and put the zipper back in, leaving the boning alone?

    1. NYFox | | #2

      Thanks! I COULD, but it's an invisible zipper sewn into fashion fabric, heavy interfacing, lining of bodice + lining of the dress, & I'm afraid I'll mess it up! I've tried to replace invisible zippers before, and I can never do it right when the side seams are already constructed.

      Any hints? I have a feeling she's going to wear it as is - looks like it fits, but probably isn't as form fitting as a corset should be. But then she IS a bridesmaid, so maybe it shouldn't be too tight, just skimming the figure so she doesn't look like something from a music video....

  2. Elisabeth | | #3

    Yes, I think it could work. If you aren't sure about all the exact positions of the tacking of the ribbon inside the dress some of the tack can be thread loops the ribbon goes through. You could even use some no roll elastic in the same manner if you needed some leeway. If the bodice gaps at the top you could baste some ease around the top where necessary or maybe put a bit of elastic in key parts or around the whole thing.

    If the boning channels are design stiching on the outside can you sew a dart like tuck along one on each side of the dress that is so close to the boning seam that it looks like part of the stitching?

    1. NYFox | | #4

      Thanks for your help, Elizabeth! I had actually considered darts next to the boning, but wasn't sure how it wold look - worth a try, howwever, and I may do it....time is a problem - I'm trying to finish a wedding gift quilt at the same time!

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