With wedding season upon us we have decided to give you a small tutorial on how to lace your wedding dress correctly to get the best fit and look of your chosen wedding dress. Wedding dresses with corset backs can be notoriously stressful for members of bridal parties to complete correctly and stress free on mornings of weddings.
Pull the dress upwards and have the person wearing the gown put their hands on their waist and push backward towards the lacing panel, but not enough to distort the fit of the bodice. This will ensure the gown stays in place whilst it is being lace whilst giving the illusion of a smaller waist on the wearer.
Lace the bridal gown as detailed below and continue to tighten the gown as you lace downwards. Always ensure the cord lays flat and doesn't twist to get a symmetrical and tidy finish. A correctly laced bridal gown gives added detail and makes for fantastic photographs.
Start at the top ensure the lacings (ribbons) are of equal length. Most Lacings have a seam at the mid point to assist you, it is normally stitched diagonally. This helps ensure you will have adequate length to complete the lacing successfully and tidily. Lacings that are too short can cause an ill fitting dresses, bulges in the dress and discomfort for the wearer.
Insert the lacing (ribbon) into the top left eyelet first then into the top right lacing. Make sure that both ends of the lacing are coming out of the holes away from the dress. Ensure they both are the same length. Again using the mid seam of the lacing to ensure its of equal length.
The lacing should sit flush against the fabric of the modesty panel if is being used. If the modesty panel has a clip or button fasten this now as it will help with lacing the wedding dress and support whilst lacing the wedding dress.
Insert the left end of the lacing into the next right sided eyelet or hole downwards. Ensure the lacing is kept straight and flat. Ensure it doe not twist or fold.
Insert the right end of the lacing into the next available eyelet or hole, ensuring the lacing is kept straight and doesn't twist. Continue alternating sides until you reach the bottom, creating a criss-cross pattern with the lacing. The lacing should look equal and flat all the way down.
Pull each ribbon tight starting at the top of the gown, moving from side to side and tightening as you go down ideally using 1 finger so you don't twist or fold the lacing. The tighter you pull the lacing the more defined the wearers waist will become.
Try not to pull too tightly as the wearer needs to be comfortable in the gown and to ensure their are no bulges of skin over the top go the gown or under their arms.
Tie the excess ribbons into a bow or a knot as the bottom of the corset.
There will be a space between the lacing and the modesty panel piece at the bottom where you can tuck the lacing in.
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