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Topic: Overhauling a Plastic Boned Corset to Spiral Steel  (Read 471 times)
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« on: August 08, 2011 03:00:11 PM »

OK, so my good hearted cousin bought me a lovely over-bust corset at a RenFaire, we're the same size and everything, so she tried it on and gave it to me as a gift.

I'm a corset lover, and have a few of my own, all spiral steel boned. This one, however, is the dreaded PLASTIC boning, and being a plus size girl, I need the steel!

It's very bendy and doesn't tight lace like mine do.

So, is there any way you guys know of, in which I could preserve the original corset, but remove the plastic bones and insert new, spiral steel ones?
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011 03:34:59 PM »

If it's bound with bias binding at either the top or bottom, you could carefully remove it to gain access to the boning channels IF THEY EXIST. If there are proper boning channels made of twill/coutil/pillow-ticking/other-strong-fabric, it's just a matter of out with the old and in with the new.

Plastic boning (at least what I've seen) often comes in crappy felt-ish sleeving that acts as a boning channel. You cut your boning, take out the plastic, stitch the sleeve to the garment/lining/interlining and then re-insert your length of boning. It's REALLY chintzy and wouldn't hold up to having steel inside of it. If that's the case, you'll have to decide if it's worth the effort to deconstruct the whole darn corset to get rid of the plastic boning.

Hope that helps, and I REALLY hope the original crafter made boning channels!
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011 03:43:12 PM »

Alexus1325,

Thank you so much! Luckily for me there are boning channels, and they appear to be twill. I'm going to start working on it soon.
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