Katie Bug
Super June 2012

Corset Lacing Ribbon? Help please!

Katie Bug, on February 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 18
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Hey ladies...so my dress is out getting altered right now and she is putting in the corset lacing back! I am sooo excited for this, but am getting frustrated with the ribbon for the lacing. She said I can buy theirs (DB), which is $20 per yard! I need 2-3 yards, so I really think that spending $40-60 on ribbon is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

However, it is very good quality ribbon and I can't find anything like it! I don't want my ribbon to look cheap or not right. The one I can buy from DB is almost more like a cloth than actual ribbon...it's very thick and pretty. I would love to find something like it for cheaper elsewhere, but I guess I will pay the outrageous price if I have to.

Any of you ladies buy your ribbon elsewhere and can point me in the right direction? Here's a pic of a dress with the backing that mine will have. Oh and I want white (not another color)!


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Latest activity by Faith, on November 29, 2021 at 1:22 PM
  • Katie Bug
    Super June 2012
    Katie Bug ·
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    Oh yeah...and I want the lacing ribbon to COMPLETELY cover the panel (like above)...I really don't like the ones with gaps where you can see the panel, or even skin which is worse. Here's a pic of one that is even too open for me. Just for reference. Thanks in advance for your help!


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  • Monica
    Expert May 2012
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    I would look at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They have some pretty nice ribbon their. I'm not sure what specifically you are looking for but before spending $20/yard I would go check those places and see what you find.

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  • The Polka Dot Queen ©
    Master July 2012
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    You could check a fabric store like Joanne's or Fabricville to see if they have a good quality ribbon. You also want to make sure the colour matches exactly.... you would think white would be white, but there are a million different shades.

    As for the gaps, that isn't so much about the ribbon but about the dress itself fits. If it's tight, the corset wouldn't be done up as tightly, and therefore there will be gaps. As long as you have the panelling there, it will look fine.

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  • Katie Bug
    Super June 2012
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    Yeah I've looked at Michaels and Hobby Lobby...they just have the regular ribbon, but it's not nearly as thick or nice as what they have at DB. I have heard of some girls going to JoAnns and buying the white satin wedding dress material and then paying a seamstress to sow it into the 1" thick ribbon. I just feel like by the time I'd pay for the material and labor, I might as well buy it at DB and avoid that hassle.

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  • Juliette S
    Master February 2012
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    David's sells 1" premade ribbons for like $10...is one of those not long enough? They also have 2" ribbons that are super long, but probably too wide...

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  • Monica
    Expert May 2012
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    You could ask how much it would be for someone to sew it. It's worth a try. You might be surprised. I'm not sure how people price things like this but it seems like a pretty simple thing (simple enough that I would just make it myself if I needed it) so maybe it's not as expensive to have it made as you think it would be.

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  • Katie Bug
    Super June 2012
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    @Judith - Yes, I definitely have the white panel, so I'm sure it will look fine! And yes I know there are many different shades of white haha it drives me crazy...and my dress is white white...like blinding white haha.

    @Juliette - Do they really? She didn't mention that nor have I seen them in the store, but I'll definitely ask again before buying the $20/yard option!

    @Monica - Yeah I might ask and see. I would totally do it myself, but I have ZERO experience with sewing and the final product would likely reflect my lack of experience in that area haha.

    By the way, Jason was just wandering around the apartment and started to look at my computer screen. I had this post up and I saw him looking at it and freaked out and yelled to not look at the screen. Hahah my dress is like top secret and he doesn't want to know ANYTHING. So I'm very glad I caught him before he saw anything Smiley smile

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  • Elisa
    VIP November 2012
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    Someone could totally sew something like that. It wouldn't be hard.

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  • Anonymous
    Super May 2013
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    There are enough tutorials online of how to make something like that you could probably do it yourself, or at least attempt it. With ribbon you want to make sure you're getting a double-sided satin ribbon, not just regular ribbon. You can find it at Joann and Hobby Lobby.

    As far as not seeing any gaps, it's just as important that the loops are not too far apart. The loops need to be small, tight, and close together. Good Luck!

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  • Kristen
    Super October 2012
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    Do you have a Joann's Fabrics near you, or a place that specializes in fabric not like hobby lobby, or Michael's? They would probably have higher quality items and if they don't carry it they may be able to direct you to somewhere that does

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  • Katie Bug
    Super June 2012
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    The closest JoAnn's to me is an hour away Smiley sad Even Hobby Lobby and Michael's are 20 minutes, but I usually just accumulate enough reasons to go to that town that I eventually go and knock out a bunch of things at once to make the gas worth it.

    I'll look into making it myself, I'm just worried that I'm taking on too many DIY projects. My wedding is approaching fast, and I'm starting a new job soon. Just don't want to overwhelm myself! So maybe the $40-60 is worth it to have one less DIY to do? But thanks so much for your advice ladies! It is really appreciated Smiley smile

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  • EdubbsWife™
    Master October 2011
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    No, stop! Do not buy from David's bridal or do it yourself. Have your seamstress make it. It is super easy and if your seamstress is experienced enough to alter your dress she can absolutely make that panel and the ribbon! I had a corset back put in my dress and it took $20 for 2 yards of fabric (heavy weight champagne satin) from JoAnn fabric for her to make the ribbon and back panel for the corset. She did it all in two days for $115.00 in labor charges and it turned out beautiful! I know pricing may be different due to locations but this is a really easy one for a real seamstress.

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  • christine seitz
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    Repost sorry!!

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  • christine seitz
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    Hello - just thought I would check in and let you know not to bother spending your time trying to find someone who sells what you are looking for. David's has theirs manufactured especially for them and it is not available in any fabric stores. When I make a corset back I make my own. You need to have someone make it for you if you can find anyone who is willing to piece together 2 bias strips and make you a tube the width that you desire. I find that ribbon is just too wimpy and does not lay beautifully like fabric tubes made from satin or taffeta. Hope you can find someone to make it!!!


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  • P
    Just Said Yes February 2019
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    Hey guys. This sentence is a filler for the 10 character minimum.

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  • Concetta
    Super March 2020
    Concetta ·
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    Hi, I am not sure about the fabric I apologize for commenting, I was just curious to know are you replacing current ribbon or did they not include it with the purchase of your dress?

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  • Kaitlin
    Just Said Yes September 2020
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    You can buy corset conversion kits online, including the panel and laces for like $50 in every color you can think of with directions to put it in. An experienced seamstress can do it in 20 mins so labor should cost you nothing if you need to pay to have it done
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  • Faith
    Beginner June 2022
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    I am having a custom corset ribbon put in mine since i wanted skulls. (dont ask i am very unconventional.)

    I found the cloth ribbon on etsy

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