Zipping up of the dress...HELP???

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#1
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Joined Mar 2007
Hi Guys,

I am on the Glory in 7 days and have 2 fabulous formal dresses to wear for the 2 formal night. I am going solo and was wondering how the heck am I going to zip up the darned things. I have tried the dresses on about 5 times in the last few days trying to figure out a good way to do this on my own.

Some non-cruising friends at work suggested using dental floss and a hanger to zip up on my own. I tried it in every conceivable fashion, and no luck. Since these are floor length gowns, the zippers are long and the thing you grab to zip up is quite slim.

After about 30 minutes of stuggle (and feeling like I have dislocated my shoulders) I can get the thing right.

Okay, so now, dinner is over and I want to be more casual and visit a bar or the casino. GETTING THE DRESS UNZIPPED IS EVEN HARDER.

Do I ask the room steward (doesn't feel appropriate), or do I just labor until I get a method down? I even tried zipping the dress up before I put it on, but it does not slide over certain parts.

What have others done?

I know it sounds silly, but I am worrying about missing dinner because I need an hour for "zip time."

Thanks
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Ottawa, On, Cda./Naples, Fl. USA
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What about one of those long plastic shoe horns? There is usually a hole at the end and you could put a string through that then a safety pin which you would attach to the zipper. Then you could pull it "up" with the same motion you would use a back brush in the shower or "down" from the side.
There has to be a way.
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#4
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GREAT IDEA!!! I can picture exactly what you are saying. I am sure I can find one of those long shoe horn things. I will give it a try. Thanks a ton.
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I've seen other solo cruisers post that ask their room steward to zip them in. It must not be unusual to ask for help. Otherwise, make a lady friend in the cabin next door. Come that night....knock knock! HTH!
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#6
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Thanks Lora. I was wondering if it was weird to ask the room steward. I also like the neighborly approach too.

Wonderful suggestion. Thanks
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Originally posted by karen1225
GREAT IDEA!!! I can picture exactly what you are saying. I am sure I can find one of those long shoe horn things. I will give it a try. Thanks a ton.

Good Luck Karen -- really hope you can find a long shoe horn and it works for you.
Have a wonderful cruise.
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A medical supply store carries all kinds of assistive devices..Also, a call to a local physical therapy facility will give you info on where to find a zipper pull..

hope that helps..

I'll be solo cruising this fall and plan to find some thing along the same line..

Carol
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Originally posted by painfree
A medical supply store carries all kinds of assistive devices..Also, a call to a local physical therapy facility will give you info on where to find a zipper pull..

hope that helps..

I'll be solo cruising this fall and plan to find some thing along the same line..

Carol

This is precisely what I love these Boards -- great ideas and wonderful support from others. Carol, your response is so logical yet I wouldn't even have thought of it. Great stuff.
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#10
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I have had this same problem. On Seabourn, each room has a stewardess. I've called the concierge on a couple of occasions and asked that one of the gals stop by my cabin just for a minute to zip me up! Seabourn can't serve you enough, and they happily help out in this area too.

Jane
#11
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Maybe some kind of long-handled pliers-type thing, so you can let go of the zipper easily when you're done.

Boy, I could just see myself popping my head out the door and looking for a woman to walk by so I could ask her to help...
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If all else fails... put the t-shirt and shorts back on, take the dress to a public restroom, and put it on in there. Then you just have to wait for someone else to come in and you can ask her for some help! (just in case the zipper pull/dental floss/shoe horn combo fails you at the last minute!)
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Well, if that little black dress was a shortie wet suit, I'd lend a hand.... Our wetsuits have long strings on the zippers to solve the problem posed, but even then an assist is better because zippers can get stuck. Best find someone to assist.

Originally posted by karen1225
Hi Guys,

I know it sounds silly, but I am worrying about missing dinner because I need an hour for "zip time."

Thanks
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#17
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Originally posted by karen1225
Hi Guys,

I am on the Glory in 7 days and have 2 fabulous formal dresses to wear for the 2 formal night. I am going solo and was wondering how the heck am I going to zip up the darned things. I have tried the dresses on about 5 times in the last few days trying to figure out a good way to do this on my own.

Some non-cruising friends at work suggested using dental floss and a hanger to zip up on my own. I tried it in every conceivable fashion, and no luck. Since these are floor length gowns, the zippers are long and the thing you grab to zip up is quite slim.

After about 30 minutes of stuggle (and feeling like I have dislocated my shoulders) I can get the thing right.

Okay, so now, dinner is over and I want to be more casual and visit a bar or the casino. GETTING THE DRESS UNZIPPED IS EVEN HARDER.

Do I ask the room steward (doesn't feel appropriate), or do I just labor until I get a method down? I even tried zipping the dress up before I put it on, but it does not slide over certain parts.

What have others done?

I know it sounds silly, but I am worrying about missing dinner because I need an hour for "zip time."

Thanks
You must be back according to my math. What was the Grand Solution to the dilemma?
#18
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Originally posted by RuthlessBoss
You must be back according to my math. What was the Grand Solution to the dilemma?
And, c'mon, Karen -- a picture from formal night. Please?!
#19
ovid ny (fingerlakes)
213 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
had this problem on caribbean princess march 07 ! paged cabin steward & no problem. ..once he understood what i wanted(his english a little bit less than fluent) dont let the small stuff overwhelm you before you even get started on solo cruise you will deal with stuff as it arises! besides -no one knows you so the "looking foolish" factor is nil! i find this to be the best thing-you can be yourself{or not) & really feel free to enjoy w/o the constraints of preconceived notions or fear of disapproval...go ahead dress to the nines & be that glam diva we all want to be!!
#20
ovid ny (fingerlakes)
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Joined Aug 2007
i had a cabin steward zip my dress as for who unzipped it... well... just kiddin! i was able to do it myself might have been a little more awkward asking that young lad to unzip it but i wouldnt have wanted to spend rest of cruise in a cocktail dress!! we do what we have to do in the name of fashion