Saturday, March 19, 2011

Modesty Panel

Corset back dresses often need a modesty panel in the back for a little extra coverage.  Here's how they are made.

  • Measure length and width of finished panel and add a minimum of 3" to the width and 2" to the length.

  • cut a panel the size of your measurements on the fold (the fold will be the top of the panel.
  • Apply Iron-on interfacing to entire panel

  •  Press the whole panel -- especially the fold

  • In order to add stability to the panel you will add several pieces of sew-through boning horizontally and vertically.  Cut each piece of boning about 1" shorter than the area it will be applied and angle edges to mimic the angle of the panel.  Here's a few pictures in case this is confusing!

The first piece will be applied right along the fold

Evenly space the rest of the stays

Now add the vertical stays --sew right over the top of the others
wrong side

right side

  • Fold in half with right sides together
  • Stitch down one side and across the bottom

  • Turn right side out, fold in the seam allowance on the open side and top stitch closed.

Here's what the front and back will look like:

Here's what a more narrow panel will look like ( this one only has one horizontal stay

  • Add snaps to one side of panel and dress

  • Hand stitch the panel to the dress about 1" from the edge and down about 2-3 inches.

Here is what it should look like all finished:

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  2. I was looking for a tutorial for a corset back wedding dress for my future daughter in law because I'm making her dress. Your tutorial was perfect! Thanks so much for your great advice. I'm definitely printing these off for us to use!
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  3. I am adding to a bridesmaids dress for a new mom (2weeks after delivery). Im having to add 9 inches at the top of the corset. will that amount look too obvious for a corset back?

    1. Adding nine inches in one spot isn't ideal, but when all else fails, I have done it. I would see if you there is any fabric in the side seams to let out so that you don't have to add quite as much in back. Many wedding and bridesmaid dresses have pretty big seams! Good Luck!

  4. Not enough in the side seams, plus their is trim added to dress that I cant find! Love the tutorial helped so much Thank You! After finding your site I helped a young lady who is a pageant contestant. She is having a gown altered to corset back. I gave her your blog site, she was thrilled!!

    1. So sorry there wasn't enough in your dress to let out! I'd love to hear what you did to solve the problem.

  5. Great site. I do prom dresses for girls that have limited funds. We have an enchantment night for them to find a donated dress. I often need to do this so your site finally made the process much easier . Thanks

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  7. Perfect tutorial! Exactly what I was looking for and excellent description!

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  9. I have a very silly question....the loops that the lacing go through...what are they called and do you have any suggestions for what fabric to use for them? Thank you!!

    1. I call them loops! I always try to match the fabric of the dress, put if I have a choice I use a super smooth, shiny fabric like satin. It makes turning the loops WAY easier than using something rough or dull. Hope that helps!

  10. Very informative and a great help to me as working on bridal gown at mo ...need to enlarge modesty panel .... thanks from Jilly in UK


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