How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

July 24, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

This is so cool! I’ve done a lot of bridal gown alterations and from time to time a dress is too tight or the bride just wants to replace the zipper with a corset back and they’re so pretty! I used to make my own lace-ups (which, typically takes forever) until I had someone mention they had seen pre-made satin lace-up kits. So, I looked it up and they are available!! They are made by a company called Laceeis Corset. They start at about $35 and they aren’t too difficult to put in if you are pretty comfortable with sewing! Also great news, there is a helpful instruction video! They’re sold on amazon, as well. I think the straps that they sell are 1/2″ wide, at least that’s the size of the one that came with mine.

Here is a corset I put in using a Laceeis Lace-up Kit. I made my own lacing because the bride requested fuchsia. It looks like they may be selling the 1/2″ lacing separately now or in addition if you’d like another color.  I made my lacing 3/4″ wide. Scroll on to see the basics on how I made my own lacing…

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

I just cut four 2.5″ strips slightly on the bias (not necessarily 45 degrees, just needs a little give in it) from a yard of satin and sewed them together as you would sew bias strips together (find a tutorial on cutting bias and sewing it together here in this piping tutorial). You need it to be pretty long, like 12 feet. Then, folded in half, lengthwise (pretty sides together) and ran it through my awesome Baby Lock Evolution Serger (seriously, AWESOME, because when you sew a wider bias strip like this with a sewing machine, the layers shift causing it to warp and the serger sewed it beautifully even, no warping)!!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Closed one end…

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Pushed the closed end inside itself…

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Then, used a blunt object (in my case, a lidded pen) to continually push the end all the way through the tube to turn it right side out. But, you could also use a loop turner if you have one!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Then, you’ll iron it making sure to pull that seam allowance out as much as you can so you get the full intended width of your strap. Push the one open end into itself and hand sew or seal it with a fusible webbing.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

2 responses to How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

  1. For an even easier way, check your Evolution manual on how to do spaghetti straps. I have done several 3-5 yards of corset lacing.
    Just be sure to keep your thread chain close the fold so that you don’t sew over it.
    Works great!

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