How to Alter the Back of a Dress that is Too Small to Zip Up

how to alter the back of a dress that is too small to zip upWhat do you do if your wedding dress is a bit too small? Zipper don’t go up all the way?  I had one of those situations with my customer who is renting a dress from a dress shop. She is renting a dress, so the adjustment needed to be removable. I suggested making a gusset and a ribbon to hide the gusset.

A gusset is a panel that is added to expand a garment in a given area. For this wedding dress, a removable gusset was added in the center back in a place of a zipper. The gusset is shaped like a wedge with the wide end of it in the area that you need extra room. I made a gusset with an invisible zipper in center back so that attaching the gusset to the dress will be easier when putting on a dress.

To make a gusset inconspicuous, I made a 2.5cm width satin ribbon in matching color so it goes like a corset laced up.Before and After of how to alter the back of a dress that is too small to zip upThis is “before” picture of the dress with a flat knit zipper in center back.before picture close up2 before picture close upHere is the picture of a gusset. Invisible zipper in center back and shirred with elastics for easy fitting. Also there are small loops on sides so it can be attached with strings sewn inside the dress GussetsThe loops are attached inside the dress by hand so the ribbon can go through.
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MADE | Nautical Stripes Skirt

nautical stripes skirt by vivat veritasI am participating in Me May May 2016 on instagram – I think it is a great idea. For those who do not know what MMM is, it is “a challenge that I (Zoe from So, Zo…What do you know?) organize annually that is designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them“. I’ve been loosely documenting since 2012 and it is a great opportunity to take a look at what you actually have in your closet and examine where those items came from. I am happy that this year I have much more me-made clothes in my closet than back in 2012. Actually, I rarely buy clothes at stores any more. I used to have this small binge buy session at forever21, where I would buy 2-3 cheap pieces on sale. I enjoyed the stress relief but when I did it, I was mostly looking at the price tag (how much I’m saving by buying this on cheap!) than whether I really liked it or would actually wear it. I have not had a binge buying session for a while partially for a lack of time to shop by myself, but I think it’s good I no longer do it. I can spend more time and money on curating my wardrobe in a way that’s actually functional by buying quality fabrics, good patterns and investing on shoes and bags.

So my recent make is this striped midi skirt. When I found the fabric in Nippori Tomato, I immediately thought of making a dress like this. After a bit of thinking, I decided to go for a midi skirt instead for more versatility. I added inverted pleats around waist line and side seam pockets. An invisible zipper is placed in the center back as well as small hook and eye to close the waistband. It is not lined but not sheer, and I love how easy it is to take care of this fabric. No ironing is required after a wash. navy and white stripes nautical midi skirt2 me made may outfit vivat veritas blogWorn with Nike sneakers, clutch from my friend and T-shirt by T by Alexander Wangnautical skirt back view navy and white thick stripes skirt stripes midi skirt by vivat veritas for Me Made May 2016With a left over fabric, I made a skirt for Kiko. It’s a second matching clothes this month! little girls stripes skirt handmade by mommy日暮里トマトで購入した太めのボーダー生地でミディスカートを作りました。

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Refashioned Wedding Dress

refashioned-wedding-dress-vivat-veritas-bridal2 copyEvery wedding has its story – My latest bride, Erina wanted to have her wedding to include her mom’s dress. She inherited her dress from her mom who had passed some years ago. She told her wedding planner, no other details are important except for the fact that she can wear her mom’s dress. Because she is pregnant, some dress shops declined to refashion it  for fear of improper sizing.

I suggested that we update her dress by taking off the ruffle sleeves and add a laced up details in back. Back lace up would accommodate the size changes. I moved the center back zipper to side zipper, added lace up details, tweek a bit with darts to fit Erina better.

The ruffle sleeves had pretty floral lace so I repurposed the lace for her bridal gloves. The gloves are made with tulle. It’s common to wear bridal gloves for a wedding ceremony in Japan. I know it is not so common in the U.S. I did not wear any for my U.S. wedding.

It was fun to get involved in such a special occasion and see the dress from 30 years ago transformed.
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