How To Lace Up A Corset

There are many beautiful and popular styles of corseted dresses to choose from. These dresses offer elegance and old-world charm. However, they do require lacing to be worn properly. This means whoever will be assisting you will need to know how to lace it up correctly. 

The good news is that it is not at all hard to learn, but there are at least two things that must be borne in mind. Here, we will explain the process to help ensure your dress looks stunning.

How to Lace up a Corseted Dress


We will describe the process of lacing up a corseted dress, but naturally, some people learn best visually. So here is the most-viewed video tutorial on the subject available on YouTube. 

To begin, the most important part of learning to lace up a dress is to practice. You will need to keep your laces both uniform and even as you work down the back. It is also important not to stress the fabric or the fittings while you learn how to perform this task. Also, when you first purchase your dress, it will probably be laced up in the package. So as you unpack it, you can get a good idea of how it looks when laced up properly. 

Untie the bows and pull the Xs out until it is fully loosened. Then the busk will need to be either fastened or unfastened. This will save you a lot of time and worry.

How to Lace up a Dress, Step by Step


1. Step into the dress. Lift your bust so that the trunk of the dress conforms to your shape.

2. Fasten the busk before tightening the laces.

3. Then, beginning at the center, pull the loops at the narrowest part of the waist.

4. Run each lace through its matching loop. It is not unlike tying a shoe in that each lace goes to the loop ahead of the last.

5. As you go along, create a staggered series of Xs down the curve of the spine.

6. Be sure to flip or turn each lace as you run them through the loops so that they remain flat and retain the clear staggered X pattern.

7. If the liner rises above the upper opening, do not push it down. Simply tug it back into line from below your lace work.

8. Tighten the laces gently as you go along, but do not fully tighten them until the lacing is complete.

9. Be sure to leave the uppermost lace a bit looser than the rest to avoid creating a bulging effect.

10. Repeat steps three through 5 until the dress is fully laced.

The key to doing this properly is practice. When you perform your trial runs, this process should be part of your routine.

Video Tutorial: How to Lace Up A Corset

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