wedding dress

Ideas on boning?

The corset of the bridal dress needs some boning I think. But I am not sure which type. I guess soft and stable is what we are going for, but not too soft – I don’t want a corset collapse in the middle of the wedding! In Swedish notion stores the only option to chose from is a Rigiline type of boning. I have used it in the past (ie in the early 1990’s) but I’m not sure  if that is the best option. It was pretty easy to sew with tough. Do you guys have any recommendation for stabilizing a corset top made in lace and is underlined with regular acetate lining?


  • annet
    June 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

    i don't really have an idea but i have to admit that the title of this post made me chuckle a bit!

  • Johanna
    June 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    >>Annet: LOL!

  • Ulrike
    June 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I really recomment NOT to use the Rigelline stuff. It breaks easily creating nasty bends on the bodice you'll never get rid off. I would use narrow (5 mm) spiral boning. It is flexible but very durable. Plus it is flat and light and won't show on the outside. The only disadvantage is that it needs a separat channeling and you better not hit it with your sewing needle… But a wedding dress is definitly worth the effort.

  • Johanna
    June 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

    >>Ulrike: Thank you for the insightful input! Nasty bends like something I certainly want to avoid!

  • Jenny
    June 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Definitely the spiral steel stuff. It sounds scary but is more comfortable than the rigeline stuff since it bends easier and has nice rounded caps. You buy it in pre-cut pieces. Just sew the channels without the boning in and add the boning after. They have it at that same website you linked to, and I've purchased it from them before.

  • Nancy K
    June 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Another vote for the spiral steel. You should be able to order this online. It is available here in the US but hopefully you can find it in Europe where shipping it will be cheaper.

  • Julie
    June 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Another vote for spiral steel boning. I believe I read somewhere that you can use a layer of lightweight flannel to mask the bones if they show through to the outside. I didn't need to do that with my dress because the allover lace masked the bones. Also, I believe Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture book is now available on CD if you need any guidance with the boning. Good luck!

  • Gail
    June 3, 2010 at 12:19 am

    see my post of 27 October "bones take 2". It has useful references to another blog and a Stitches article. good luck!

  • JuliaB
    June 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm


    Yes definitely spiral bones – I sell it from my UK based website at 75p a meter and postage to europe is about £5-8 depending on weight. There are also instructions on how to use it on the website.

    Hope that info is helpful.



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