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Topic: what would you use to make corset boning?  (Read 3264 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2006 11:06:25 PM »

i've made several wedding dresses and always use the stuff i described.  its for the inside.  it goes in real easy.  you might need a zipper foot depending on your sewing machine.  i haven't needed one though.  practise on a muslin mock up first maybe.. if you're doing a lining, you sew it to the lining so the top stitching doesn't show through on the outside.  or maybe thats an obvious step LOL  i'm a bad sewing teacher

You don't need a zipper foot attachment to sew in this type of boning. I used to design and manufacture corsets and I used this type, as it is more comfortable and versatile. Simply cut the boning to the size you will need, remove the boning from the fabric casing, and sew the fabric casing into the inside of the corset. Make sure to stitch across the bottom of the fabric casing so that the boning doesn't come out. You can use the stitching on the casing as your stitch guide and stitch right over it. Then slip the boning back inside. You may need to trim the boning slightly since you stitched across the bottom, making the casing slightly smaller than the removed boning. Did that make sense? Its easier to show rather than describe.

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2006 11:54:13 PM »

i work in a restaurant and we have lots of buckets/pails of butter, etc... and when you open a new bucket you get this 1/4inchish wide piece of prety strong plastic. this crazy sewer girl i work with uses it as boning in her corsets... its pretty sturdy stuff
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2006 02:24:29 PM »

I know it's been a while since anyone's posted in this topic, but I just wanted to say a bit about cable ties.  I've never used them for Victorian-style corsets, which are the ones that are usually talked about, but I do use them for my Elizabethan corsets, especially to wear to the Renn Fest. 

I'm a big girl, and I'm especially top-heavy, and I've worn bodices boned with cable ties for 12 hours or more without any problems.  I just went to Lowe's and got the widest ties I could find and used them.

They're bendy, but surprisingly heavy-duty, and they tend to mold to your body after a while, so I'm sure they'd work fine for Victorian corsets, too.  In any case, I found them cheaper and a bit easier to work with than spring steel boning.
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2006 03:08:49 PM »

I would not used steel wire. It will probably rust with with time. Either after you wash or because of sweat.

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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2006 07:25:44 AM »

When I make a corset I make the bones removable when I use spring or spiral steel.

Heavy zip /cable ties work well, they don't deform under body heat nearly as much as the commercial stuff that is the easiest to find in fabric stores.

There was another thread on this with tons of suggestions and places to find boning.. have to hunt for it.


edited to add:

here are several recent posts with some of the same info I was thinking of.



https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8999.0  (very long...)



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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2006 06:47:27 AM »

I made a corset last year, and the boning I used was wire hangers. It's nice and strong, but doesn't hurt at all. Unless it pokes out of the fabric. Then it's not so comfortable.

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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2006 09:04:14 AM »

You can kind of bend back the ends of the wire hangers, maybe for the next one, so they don't poke out of the fabric.  For my first couple of corsets, I used a type of wire I got at the hardware store-- it's steel wire coated with plastic, and it's a heck of a job to cut, but it's really sturdy.  If your corset is going to be for support (ie you won't need a bra underneath), you're going to want something more sturdy than the stuff they sell in the fabric store-- from my experience, if you wear a corset boned with that stuff, it likes to crease at the waist. 
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