Wednesday, October 16, 2013

5 Things to Look For in a Corset from Gail Carriger

1. Steel Boning

Seek out a maker who specializes in fully-lined spring-steel multi-boned corsets - no plastic, no satin, and be cautious about lace.

2. Steel Busk

A steel busk up the front, preferably made in Germany.

Image courtesy of Dark Garden.

1883  The Victoria & Albert Museum (Note the thickness of the busk near the bottom?)

3. Ribbon Laces

Ribbon laces up the back. NOT SHOE LACES or anything tubular, flat and not stretchy is important it will effect how tight you can lace and how much the corset shifts around.

Corset  1880  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Note front lacing over tummy to assist with pulling that area in)

This post, I should say, is not about tight lacing or waist training. Not my thing.

 1880s  Whitaker Auctions

 4. Cross Lacing

Cross lacing means the laces should loop at the center, and that is where you pull to tighten completely. The act of pulling the top part of the loop tightens the bottom part of the corset, and visa versa.

 Image courtesy of Dark Garden.

5. Lining

Check the inside of any corset: it should be lined completely with strong durable poplin (cotton) and have the internal waist tape present.

 Image courtesy of Dark Garden.
On this special corset you can see through to the waist tapes.

5. Cost

 Anything under $300 and you should be wary, not excited, about a bargain. 
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