It closes with a zip under the false buttons.
Yes, that’s right, I caved and did the ultimate wedding dress cliche. It’s a cliche for a reason though: buttons by themselves would have a hard time holding such a fitted strapless bodice, and would be a pain to fasten, so the zip is necessary, but brides love that buttons up the back look.
Since it isn’t a historical technique, a zip under buttons is not something I have ever had occasion to do before.
It also isn’t something that you can currently find any instructions or guides on how to do on the internet.
So I did a few trial runs, and guessed, and went for it.
It came out very well: when the dress is on and the buttons are fastened its almost impossible to tell there is a zip under them. This was very important to Shell. Initially she was almost as anti zip-under-buttons as I am!
Even though I was pleased with the result, and Shell was pleased with the result, I want to work on my technique a little more. Once I have got it absolutely perfect I’ll do a tutorial on how to do buttons over a zip on wedding and formal gowns.
For now I shall distract you from the tiny imperfections in the fastenings by blinding your eyes with more of the glorious buttons:
And if you need further distraction I shall wave the carrot of finished photos in front of you. I’ll be posting wedding pics on Sunday! Yay!