Marking, cutting, binding, grommetting, fitting, and lacing detail

Corset backs are a common design change purely because of how pretty they are, but they can also solve many problems, including the dilemmas of a dress that is too small, a zipper that won't lay flat, or a bride's issue with weight fluctuations.  We believe in the reliability of grommet style corsets.  A properly laced gown is under a tremendous amount of pressure which causes loop-style corset backs to have a higher failure rate than grommet style corset backs.  The grommet style backs are usually only found in gowns that are produced by couture level design houses.  We don't know of another alterations shop in this region that offers the grommet option.  For this reason, many a bride has traveled from hours away to have one of our corset backs put in her gown.      

Before" pictures are on the left, "after" pictures are on the right. 

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This is a great example of why we don't put in loop-style corsets.  They fail. Often.  We see dresses with ripped corsets very often.  The grommet backed dresses hold up much better.

This is a great example of why we don't put in loop-style corsets.  They fail. Often.  We see dresses with ripped corsets very often.  The grommet backed dresses hold up much better.

If you want to stick with the loop back corset, that's fine.  We'll reinforce it for you to make it even more trustworthy. We fit the dress to her using the side seams and then reinforced the corset loops.  

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Above: Here are two corsets that we put in that greatly differ in style.

This corset was part of a vintage redesign.  This is just a superficial corset that is on the top layers of the gown.  It's a good compromise for having the look of a corset, without losing the lace on the back of the gown.  

This corset was part of a vintage redesign.  This is just a superficial corset that is on the top layers of the gown.  It's a good compromise for having the look of a corset, without losing the lace on the back of the gown.  

The back of this gown was kinda "blah".  We added the corset just for looks.  

This corset is a good example of how a corset can get you in a gown that's quite a bit too small.  This is also an example of a hidden corset. There are no visible grommets or loops in the back of this gown.  

This corset is a good example of how a corset can get you in a gown that's quite a bit too small.  This is also an example of a hidden corset. There are no visible grommets or loops in the back of this gown.  

But what if your gown is too small, and you don't like corsets? This is an example of a gown that was too small initially, but was made to fit beautifully with side gussets.  The bride didn't want to lose her zipper and buttons- she was in love with her buttons! We added the side gusset with perfectly matching fabric, and then hand beaded the extension of the sash.  You cannot tell that the gusset isn't original to the dress.