(Closed) Help With Lace Up Corset Back

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Go online and look for some utube videos. 

Post # 4
1327 posts
Bumble bee

My only guess is that your moms tight wasn’t tight enough. I am pretty sure there is only one way to lace up a dress. Make sure she tied it correctly on the bottom as well and is pulling tight in the right places.

Post # 5
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

make another appointment for your seamstress and bring your mom so she can watch the seamstress tie it up.

Post # 6
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I guess YouTube videos might help.

Even though my dress doesn’t have a corset back, I had my Future Mother-In-Law come with me when I picked up my dress after the final fitting so the seamstress could show her how to do the bustle.

Post # 8
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The key with the corset dresses, especially the strapless ones is to make sure it’s snug enough around the hips. The tightness of the fabric around the hips is what keeps the dress up–everyone things it’s the part around the chest.

Post # 9
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

You have to do 2 if not 3 passes. Meaning, lace from the top to just below the waist so it is  laced but not tight. The go back up the to top and start tightening until it is snug but still not too tight. Then go back to the top and tighten–But don’t tighten too much at the very top or all your back fat will get pushed out. So just snug at the very top. Then get tighter as you go down. I told my Bridesmaid or Best Man to get her foot into the small of my back and tighten (like Gone With the Wind) LOL To hell with comfort, I wanted to look as thin as possible the pics. I could loosen durning the reception. 🙂

Then finish lacing the rest of the way down until it is laced but not tight, then make it snug then tighten (like above).

Post # 10
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I jokingly asked my consultant if the dress came with an instruction manual, since my dress has a hidden corset then a zipper. She very bluntly said, “yes, as a matter of fact it does.” So, maybe they have one. Give it a shot.



Post # 11
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Another key is for you to hold the dress absolutely in the same place through all three passes of tying the dress. So while my mom was lacing, I was holding (almost pulling) my dress upward so that it stayed precisely in place during each of the lacings. For me, that was the key to keeping my corset tight and flattering. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 12
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Gemstone: I was told to stand with you hands at your hips while lacing. 

You might want to try both ways and see which one is more comfortable and creates the least amount of under arm “muffin top”.

Post # 14
91 posts
Worker bee

When we tried on wedding dresses for my daughter, our consultant told us it is best to start at the top and tie at the bottom.  She did tighten the overal gown about 3 times that I remember.  Once my daughter was in, she was definitely secure and the gown wasn’t going anywhere.  Also, the hip thing might work, but she “braced herself” with a chair in the dressing room.  This allowed for the consultant to really pull it tight, sometimes it looked as if she was going to pull her backward, that’s why she felt more stable leaning forward.  I am sure it will all work out!  Have a fabulous wedding!


Post # 15
1426 posts
Bumble bee

I made sure my Maid/Matron of Honor was at my last fitting so that the seamstress could show her how to tie up the coreset. …and do up the 9-point bustle, lol.

I remember her saying you start at the top and lace down. BUT you have to make sure the tie is going UNDER not OVER the loops as they could bust when you tighten it! I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it getting loose, but I wouldn’t doubt it. They also made sure the tie was smooth and even throughout the whole corset. And, as other PP’s mentioned, they tied it somewhat loose at first, then tightened it from the top down, making sure the top wasn’t super tight, but tight enough that I wouldn’t be falling out, then tightened it more at the waist and hip area.

Good luck!

Post # 16
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Keep in mind too though…if you pull it too tight the dress will stretch and half way through the night you will need to be adjusted.

I would lace it all the way through top to bottom, then I would go back and pull each “loop” until the dress was fitted.


1.If it is too tight, you will see strain on the ribbon and in the loops (pulling too tight could also pop loops!). So I would pull and release to move on to the next (it won’t re-loosen). 

2. Also dont pull down, pull out (think loosening a tennis shoe). You should tighten at the angle the laces are at. Pulling down, or opposite can over tighten and pop loops (don’t use them as leverage).

3.  The dress should stay in a comfortable postion and still be snug. When you get down to the bottom, make sure to knot the bottom as close to the loops as possible, but still able to become untied. If you don’t knot the ribbon the dress will loosen on you as you move. A bow will not be sufficant to last through the night.

Practice on your tennis shoe…Its the exact same, with one exception…with your dress you start with the widest part and work your way to the most narrow. 

Hope This Helps

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