Post # 1
Finally paid and picked up my dress– one off Catherine R Couture (hello from Australia)– and I need to get it taken out somehow.
I always wanted a corset back, but the detail is what I want to preserve, and I think a corset back will make it look slanted.
I don’t want to ruin it. The sides have noticeable seams which gave me an idea to have corset lacing put on the side of the dress.
I would most like to hear from:
– Brides to had/have corset lacing on the side of their gown: did you like it? drawbacks? cost?
– Corset wearers who may have this type: pros and cons? tips for me?
– Seamstresses, DIYer’s: your assistance is much appreciated.
This is an example from the VA museum, I’ve seen this before for ‘maternity’ or ‘comfort’ corsets. I would get it with a modesty panel and in the ‘ribbon loop’ style as seen in most gowns, not eyelets…I just couldn’t find another photo.
Dress photos!!!! Any help appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
I think a couple things could go wrong with a side corset… 1) you would be adding more bulk and fabric to the side. Your waist is very pretty, but if you have a corset on the side rather than the back you are adding a LOT of fabric to an area that most ladies want accentuate. I think the ribbon loop, modestly panel and the fabric of the dress combined, will make it look bulky and bunchy 2) if you put the side corset on one side it’s going to make the dress very uneven… the center of your dress wouldn’t be in the center anymore and you would have to do something on the other side in order to compensate and even it out.
Your dress is BEATIFUL. It looks a little snug in the hips, but it seems like it would be easy to just add a fabric panel to the sides rather than a corset… since it sounds like you like the look of corsets and also the back of your dress perhaps that’s a way you can have both! If you add side panels that are fabric you would have less of a gap in the back for your core set so you would be able to see more of your dress. Does that make sense?
here is where I think a seamstress should be able to add fabric panels.
Post # 3
Thank you for that! I hadn’t seen it around and needed an opinion… good point on the ‘extra fabric; which I hadn’t considered.
Post # 4
Do not do this! For all the reasons lauraanne86
This dress is probably pretty okay to take out. It doesn’t look like you even need a ton and depending on the seam allowences (sometimes there is quite a bit) you can get about 1-2 centimeters from each seam and you have three seams to work with.
I am curious why you bought a smaller size. Usually reccommended ( to avoid heartache) is a a size up and alter down.
I am a small on top, big on the bottom woman and wedding dress sizes stress me out, so I can understand you wanting to get creative. The side corsett is, however, not the solution 🙂
Post # 5
It actually looks too tight from the waist down so I can’t see the corset idea helping. I think either letting it out or trying fabric panels as suggested by another person might be better. Or you could order a bigger size if possible.
Post # 6
Amazing dress! I am with pps who say that a side corset would not work for all the reasons given.
It seems to me that the dress looks kind of loose at the bust, but tight at the hips and is sitting too low on your chest . If it were pulled up properly and better fitted at the bust , would perhaps the hip tightness resolve itself ?
ETA now I look again, I think maybe in the first photo it is not fastened at the back so my comment above are useless lol!
Post # 7
Thanks all for your great replies! I ended up taking the advice and bought another gown because I didn’t want to ruin a lovely dress and luckily could change it last minute. Not long now. Any brides who end up having corsets on the side- I hope it works out for you!