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Lace and delicate fabric can be used effectively to create a feminine touch and elegant look to any corset. View specific examples of each type or application method for overlays on this page, and at the bottom many additional and inspirational images. Note that lace may be used with almost any type of fabric from leather to cotton to satin to PVC. You may use the space below on this page to send us your design ideas regarding type, color and placement of lace, and we will return with a price bid.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: You may choose one to three basic methods of application of lace on your corset. Some clients choose to add all three, and then add another braid, trim, or even rhinestones:

(1) Strip of Lace:
The first method involves application of a narrow strip lace typically from 1/4" to 2" wide or more. If the lace is first gathered, it is called a "ruffle." Normally a lace ruffle is applied at the lower edge of a corset. If the lace is not gathered, it may be applied flat along the top and bottom edges horizontally, up each bone casing, or vertically beside the front busk. You may view both a ruffle and flat lace on the pink and ivory corset, left.

(2) Flat lace yardage:
The second method involves placing flat lace yardage over one or more panels on your basic corset. It may be placed over the entire corset, over only the sides of the corset, over the front and back of the corset as seen in the royal blue corset above right, or over outer bone casings only. Lace generally does not work well placed over outer bone casings, or over the binding at the top and bottom edges of your corset, because it makes those bone casings and binding very thick. You may view flat lace yardage over royal blue satin in the corset above right.

Also, note that along the front vertical, flat lace yardage can be scalloped, seen right in the strap corset in floral brocade with silver-edged scalloped and sequined lace overlay.

(3) Lace applique:
Finally, you may choose a lace applique such as pictured below right on this page, in the green polybrocade cotton corset with pale green lace applique and bow.


There are many types, widths, and textures of lace with a wide variety of price points. Typically we use a flat lace of moderate expense sourced from a local fabric store, however you may advise if you prefer us to source a special, imported lace for your ensemble, or with advance approval of swatch and instructions on yardage, you may also supply your own lace.

Four of the most popular types of lace used for bridal gowns include the following:

Chantilly lace is extremely delicate needlepoint lace with a sweet, scalloped edge. The floral and scrolled designs are woven onto a fine hexagonal mesh.

Alencon lace starts with a sheer net background, then flowers and designs are created by needlepoint, and edged with a very heavy cotton or linen thread. This lace of often re-embroidered with pearls, sequins or crystals. You may view this lace used in the bridal corset with scalloped edge, right.

Guipure lace has an almost geometric look with a large, repetitive pattern. It is created without a net background, instead using built-up layers of thread to create a textural, three-dimensional pattern. In bridal gowns, this fabric is often called Venise lace.

Lyons lace is much like Chantilly. It has a floral design and is made on a very finely woven hexagonal mesh. It is stiffer than Chantilly lace and the pattern is outlined with fine silk or cotton threads.

You may also choose a lace with a mixed shiny and matte (dull) thread such as the white and silver lurex-thread lace overlay seen left below in the white bridal corset, or choose just a matte finish. On this page we also show sequin-embroidered laces.


You may choose a monochromatic lace scheme with lace the same color as corset fabric (view hot pink and pale pink corsets with same color lace overlay, below on this page), or choose a lace color that contrasts with your fabric color (see black lace on magenta corset, below on this page). Sometimes lace is woven in two colors such as black and gold, or navy and silver. Depending on colors available in the marketplace, you may sometimes choose between a texture that is flat, or embroidered (raised) as seen on the green corset below.

Colors of lace typically available in the marketplace are more limited in number than colors available for fabrics.


Since extra care and attention goes into placement of the lace, more labor is involved with some upcharge for both standard lace and labor. Furthermore, as referenced above, some imported laces can be quite spectacular but may entail a substantial additional fabric cost of $250 per yard or more.


You may supply your own lace for us to use, however be sure to request the total yardage needed prior to purchase. Some laces are very narrow in width and require more for your project. Clients are surprised to know that four lace-covered bone casings, for example, can require more than a yard of lace alone.

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