Post # 1
My wedding dress is a corset back. I got it for a discount because it was a sample and the ribbon/sash to close the corset was missing. So I’ve been looking for a ribbon. I didn’t think it would be all that hard, boy was I wrong! I’d really like to have a burgandy satin ribbon about 8 3/4 yards long but no wider than 1 inch wide. My idea is to have the ribbon tails trailing all the way down the train. And the corset loops can’t fit anything wider than 1 inch. I’ve tried all the fabric stores, bridal shops, and craft stores in my area but no one has anything strong enough to tie the dress (it needs to cinch tight!) or long enough. I’ve been looking online and haven’t had any luck there either. I’ve considered asking a famiily member to make it, but I think buying 8 1/2 yards of fabric and not using more than half would be a waste of money. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!!
Post # 3
question: Is there burgundy elsewhere on your dress that needs to be matched exactly?
Can you take a yard of fabric and cut many strips from it then sew them together?
I would think that the seams would be hidden by the back and forth of corset, then you can just get the length needed to go down the train (so there are no seams)? Or maybe disguise the seams with some beading or something to make it look intentional?
If stitching it together isn’t an option, can you at least do something with the left-over material? Like make a matching wrap? Purse? Sashes for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses? Bouquet wraps? Table runner for the guest book/cake tables?
What about buying a sash and cutting it down the middle length-wise? Lots of places sell sashes.
Can you find a bride that’s selling your dress for super cheap online and just use the ribbon?
Have you tried Etsy Alchemy? Perhaps someone can custom make it?
Who is the maker/manufacturer of your dress? Can you go through them to track down a replacement?
Post # 4
Thanks for your reply!
I’ve considered making the ribbon (if I’ve exhausted my other options) but I’m concerned about the stitches holding with pulling the corset tight. I suppose I could get 4 yds, and put the seam at the top of the tails. Then it would be hidden by the bow and not have the stress of pulling the corset. There’s no other burgandy on my dress, although I will be trimming my veil in burgandy and we’re making that so I could resuse the fabric there. Hmm…
I am having my BMs wear sashes, so that would be good use of the extra fabric, and I like the idea about using that ribbon for the bouquets and table runners! I didn’t think of that. I guess I CAN find other places to use the extra fabric!
Post # 5
Go to a fabric or sewing store and ask for an experienced sewer. Tell her that you want to make a ribbon out of fabric. She will show you how to cut the fabric in a zig-zag and sew them on the bias to make it work. It’s a very simple and standard sewing method but rather hard to explain in words.
Post # 6
Thanks snmcdowell! It’s been awhile since I sewed, and I used to knwo just enough to be dangerous. I no longer own a sewing machine but I ‘ve borrowed my grandmother’s circa 1940’s Singer. Most of my sewing recently has been done by hand, so I will need all the reminders and tips (like how to cut the fabric!) I can get.
Post # 7
I ended up purhcasing the bridesmaid "sashes" at http://www.jkmribbon.com. Cut the ribbon according to their preference and used a "fray away" sealer so the edges didn’t fray. Maybe you’ll be able to find something there, or give them a call to see if they can help. jkm carries a TON of ribbon.
Post # 8
Thanks all! I ended up buying fabric and asked a family friend to make the sash…she also covered the modesty panel in the same fabric, made long streamers to match and put some color in the front panel. It looks fantastic! I’m going for a fitting this weekend to get it bustled so I’ll take some pictures.
Post # 9
Grossgrain ribbon will be sturdy.
I like shiny so I would choose satin.
I just googled and found this site: http://www.ribbonfactory.com/
They have satin – 100 yds for $13.
They have burgundy but check out wine to see if that color is closer to what you want.
I would probably sew two layers together for the corset part for strength then let all four layers of ribbons flow down.
With 100 yds you’ll have enough to sew three layers together to be even stronger. That would give 6 ribbons. Pretty.
No snarkiness intended but cutting fabric won’t work. It will fray. Cutting on the bias will make the fabric stretchy and weak. Adding no-fray fluid will take forever and make the satin two-toned. It’s hard to get just a thin, even line. My gramma was a professional seamstress and taught me a bit about sewing so I happen to know stuff.
Post # 10
@GretaEhm: Have you used satin ribbon for a corset? Did it work well?