(Closed) Which dress and alterations questions

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Bainise2013:   I’ve worn corsets for years as I have worked the Renaissance Faire circuit and own 3 of my own steel-boned corsets. 

– If the dress was too small, the woman is correct – you are NO WHERE NEAR corsetted correct. Actually based on the back gap, I’m guessing you would have to go up at a size, possibly two. 

– ONCE the dress is the correct size, a corset will definitely pull any woman in a the right places (usually the wais) to create a more hour-glass like figure if laced correctly. Wedding dresses, as they are a top-lace correct (laced from the top down, there is no bottom lace) tend to support and emphasize the bust. 

– IF a dress with a corset is properly laced and the material isn’t completely soft (there’s some structure/boning/cups) already in the dress – you WON’t need a bra. The corset should be tied snuggly, form fitting and prevent you from moving anywhere.

By The Way – I have a wedding dress and it’s corset back. It allows you to fluctuate weight (even if just water weight) with less worry. 


Post # 19
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


Also – because most wedding dress consultants don’t seem to know the proper way to do a corset dress, in case you order one: 

(1) Put the dress on, hold the bust line in its correct place. Have someone zip any zippers, step into your shoes, etc as the dress’s fabric warms up a bit. 

(2) Lace your corset-backed dress up so it fits and stays up, but not super snug. You want the fabric to gradually get used to your shape and warm to body temperatures. Fabrics heated to your body temperature have a bit more give. 

(3) After 20-30 minutes in your  corset-backed dress, you will invariably find it slipping a bit – a tiny bit of wiggle room. Have your maid of honor (or whomever) tighten it again. As it is alredy laced, tighten it by pulling on the “x” where the strings cross. 

Note – pull on the “x” where the two string overlap helps to tighten the corset/fabric evenly on both sides. It’s not super essential in a wedding dress, but gives a better overall fit. 

Always tighten from the Top, going down. Tighten top, pull the slack, then tighen the notch below it, workign down to where it ties off.

Upon tightening it the second time (about 20-30 minutes after its been on) – it should fit like a second skin. Wedding dresses dont’ have heavy boning, to it shouldn’t dig or be too restrictive.

after about another 15-20 minutes, you will know if it’s too tight. If so, have your girl loose it a hair.

It’s a process, but done right – results in a flawless fit.

Post # 20
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bainise2013:  While I think you notice the difference more than we do, I totally get you! The most important thing I looked for was how my body looked in a dress, and second how much I liked it!  I think you look great in the first one, but its all about how you feel.  I wonder if there’s some sort of undergarment that would give you a little more structure to fit more like #2. You could buy another corset but that might just be too bulky. Maybe you could talk to the seamstress about adding something to the interior?

Post # 21
2081 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Bainise2013:  Good, I’m glad.:-) I worried that perhaps I sounded sarcastic. I agree with you that the first dress is the prettiest.

Post # 22
6240 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I like the first dress a lot better than the second- the second is just SO low cut, I can’t get past it

Post # 24
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Bainise2013:   The first dress should give you more support in the bust, and those curves on the side of your torso/waist like the second dress if  in the correct size. 

You shouldn’t have the problem of sooo much cleavage unless you lace the dress super tight (easy to fix, just loosen a bit).


Post # 25
12246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was actually a steel-boned corseter for YEARS! So I think I can help.

The corset wil definitely help you WAY more when it’s in your size! Corsets have boning structured to fit a certain part of your body– so when it’s too small, the entire fit is going to be off!

Definitely get your dress (the first one that you CLEARLY love!) in your size. It will fit just as well as the second one!

Also, you probably won’t need a bra. Most dresses with corsets built in have boning to hold you up!

When it’s the right size, it should hold you in and up PERFECTLY!

One last note: Corsets are meant to be fully closed or almost fully closed. Since samples stretch out (I tried on a size 6 that was about right, ordered mine in a 6 and it was SUPER tight, despite my losing 6 lbs) You might want to consider going up two sizes instead of one!

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