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From: sew slow
Date: 01-29-2004, 01:39 PM (1 of 2)
Ok Question... My client swears up and down that the dress she's wanting me to copy has NO boning. Now here's the clincher...the dress is strappless, w/empire waist. She really doesn't care if it has to have boning, she just wants the dress to look as close to the original designer gown she has her heart set on. So, my question is, would I make an inner corselette that would attach to the empire seam beneath the bust? The dress is pretty simple looking, but will be heavy in back due to layers of ruffles on the train and around the entire hemline. I thought about a full corselette, from top of bodice to the waist, but there will be pleats across the top front of the bodice and wondered if it would be just too much fabric at the bodice top. This girl is going to need support, she's slim and an A cup. I checked in my book, Bridal Couture, by Susan Khalje and there is no mention of empire waist gowns! What type of support should I use?

User: sew slow
Member since: 01-20-2004
Total posts: 6
From: Sharon Smith
Date: 02-03-2004, 03:57 PM (2 of 2)
In my opinion, ALL bridal attire should contain some type of boning for that perfect fit. I found some good information at

It has good tips on metal boning, you can't see it, and can barely feel it. So her dream dress might actually have boning in it, she just doesn't know it because it doesn't feel like most boning materials.

Any tips for those perfectly straight lines when the bride wants the boning channels sewn to the outside of the dress?

Sharon Sews
User: Sharon Smith
Member since: 01-29-2004
Total posts: 5
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