(Closed) will a corset back REALLY cinch in my waist?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My dress did the same thing on the boobs!  I hate it!  I want to have a nice defined chest and then a flat stomach.  Instead it slowly slopes between the two. 

I considered putting a corset in my dress too, but decided against it.  They said that putting in a corset adds 3″ to the waist of the dress.  I would have had to order a size or two smaller and then put a corset in unless I really wanted to cut a lot of fabric out which would have changed the look of the dress. Also it would have been a lot of extra cash I didn’t want to spend. 


Post # 5
1580 posts
Bumble bee

What about purchasing a corset bra and then having it sewn into the dress? This might be less expensive than changing the actual dress. I personally would try every option available before altering the dress. A long-line bustier (doesn’t even have to be a corset back) would probably work wonders if you’re just wearing a regular strapless now.

OK- and now I saw the pictures of your dress and you should have no problem finding a great bustier to go under your dress. 🙂 Do you have any specialty bra stores near you?

Post # 7
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

If you decide to use a long line bustier,you’ll need to have it with you when you have any alterations done. If you do alterations first and then hope the bra will help,the dress will be too tight.

A corset back on any dress will give you a more defined waist,but it depends on your bust itself and if there is any support inside the dress (like cups sewn in) how much lift and definition you will get. A good seamstress can correct just about anything,but there can be limitations depending on how the dress is made. 

Post # 8
1580 posts
Bumble bee

Have you had the dress altered at all yet? I’m going to wear the bustier that I will be wearing on the wedding day for my fittings, so they will tailor the dress to my slim waist and lifted boobs with the bustier on. It will hopefully fit like a glove and show a defined waist.

You look like you have a defined waist naturally, so I don’t think you need to worry about creating it with a corset, just tailoring the dress the show it off.

But I think the best thing for you to do would be to go to a couple different seamstresses and get their opinions on what you could/should do.

Post # 10
1046 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t add a corset to the dress because

  1.  it will change the look of the entire dress
  2.  it may squeeze that bit of fat every woman has on their back and just look very unnatractive
  3.  it is VERY expensive!

Because of these reasons I wouldn’t suggest it.. I had a friend who added a corset to her dress and she ended up not liking it because it was uncomfortable and as mentioned above it gave her almost “fat rolls” over her dress, and the girl isn’t even fat!

Post # 11
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

I honestly think you should have it pinned first with the right bra before deciding. That may be all you need and will certainly be cheaper. Once its cut to put in a corset back there will be no going back!

Post # 12
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Getting some type of waist-cinching undergarment is definelty the way to go here, and yes it will cinch in your waist. I have a really thick waist and I bought a long-line bra, a waist cincher with just normal hooks, and a real-deal corset with the lace-up rope/string. All three worked really well.

The downside is that which each of these, my skin skin and fat got displaced so that they bulged up and over the top of the cinchers, creating unsightly bumps and rolls of skin. Ugh. Also, all of these undergarments were pretty thick, heavy duty material and made me look noticebly bigger. So my ultimate solution was to lose waist cinchers all together. I’d rather have a lean, thick waist then a buldging hour-glass shape!

So moral of the story is go out and buy a bunch of different undergarments (and keep the recipes) and try them all on with your dress. Have your mom take pics and decide if it works for you. Also, have the seamstress pin down that outer lace layer to your body (under the boobs, at the sides, etc) so it clings to your shape. I think it will look just the way you want if with just a little bit of altering :o).

Post # 13
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you tried on a dress with a corset before?

I find them incredibly uncomfortable and could never wear one.  It just is not worth it to me.  You have to wear this dress for hours and will want to be able to comfortably move and dance in it.  They don’t bother some people as much though.

I saw your original pics, you don’t look overweight to me.  If you decide to do a corset, just make sure you will really be comfortable in it.

Post # 16
171 posts
Blushing bee

A corset back doesn’t have as much strength to it as a real corset. A real corset can pull in as much as it does because it’s reinforced by boning all around and has a strong fabric to tie it. A corset back in a wedding dress will pull the fabric in tight, but not your body. This is why some people say the corset makes them looks worse.

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