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Date: 2/18/12 3:29 PM

Hello Everyone,
What type of boning would you use for a corset? I am making a tudor era corset but cant decide between the steel bonning or featherlite plastic boning. I know that I need to use the steel boning for a corset reducing waist but this one is more to push the girls up =)
Any suggestions?
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Date: 2/18/12 5:52 PM

It depends a lot on how the corset is boned. Got a pattern in mind?

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Date: 2/18/12 6:11 PM

Ooo!
Scarlet O'Hara waists are still possible?!
On the bridal shows, it seems the gowns have a shelf for the bust,
as the girls sure get pushed up.

Haven't made costumes, but I use the flexible white
boning found on rolls (JA's) in mom's nursing cover-ups.
Just run it thru a tunnel, it keeps the top open so they can see the baby. Easy to work with.
You can find things like this in the hardware stores cheaper if you use it a lot. I used some of hubby's flex trimmer line in a pinch!

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Date: 2/18/12 7:26 PM

I made a pair of stays (corset) for my 1740 French and Indian War era kit and used oak splints. I had to shave them down to 1/4 -3/8 inch. I also made a different set and using 1/4 inch half round caning reed. Since most of my reenacting work was in the summer months using steel or plastic was prohibitively hot. And yet the girls stood nice and plump.

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Date: 2/18/12 10:08 PM

I'm using the simplicity pattern for the tutor period. I plan on wearing it to a reni festival...maybe I'll go for the featherweight and see how I like it in the mock up. I can get it cheap at joanns right now with a coupon! I love coupons =)
Tammy

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Date: 2/20/12 8:49 AM

For long range durability, and the side to side flexibility it supplies I highly recommend steel spiral boning. Rigilene sp?? not firm enough in my book. IF you are going to wear this more than once, do it with steel.

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Date: 2/20/12 5:06 PM

Quote: TJN66
I am making a tudor era corset but cant decide between the steel bonning or featherlite plastic boning.

Neither!!

What you want are heavy-duty nylon cable ties. You can get them at Home Depot (I prefer Malco brand). They should be around 3/8" wide and come in lengths of 24-36". A pack of... lots (plenty to do a corset with) should run you around $10. You can cut them with utility scissors, and then sand the cut ends smooth (or melt them in a candle, etc).

The Malco ties look like this. (You might have to ask for them; for some reason, they don't stock them with the rest of the cable ties; they might be in plumbing, maybe?)

Comparison to regular light-duty zip ties:


I've made Simplicity 2621 three times. Twice as a corset, once as the basis for a kirtle (dress). Here are the two I boned with cable ties (the other I used hemp cord):



You can read my review of the pattern (should be easy to find; it's my only one! ) for some tips on construction. Overall, it's a *great* pattern, but there are some construction oddities that are easy to fix for improved results.

Have fun!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 2/20/12 10:05 PM

Thank you so much! This is my first corset so I am really learning with a steep curve! I didnt realize that there were so many types of boning to use. I gotta get more books lol!
Tammy

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Date: 2/20/12 10:46 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
[quote] I am making a tudor era corset but cant decide between the steel bonning or featherlite plastic boning.

Neither!!



What you want are heavy-duty nylon cable ties. You can get them at Home Depot (I prefer Malco brand). They should be around 3/8" wide and come in lengths of 24-36". A pack of... lots (plenty to do a corset with) should run you around $10. You can cut them with utility scissors, and then sand the cut ends smooth (or melt them in a candle, etc).



The Malco ties look like this. (You might have to ask for them; for some reason, they don't stock them with the rest of the cable ties; they might be in plumbing, maybe?)



Comparison to regular light-duty zip ties:





I've made Simplicity 2621 three times. Twice as a corset, once as the basis for a kirtle (dress). Here are the two I boned with cable ties (the other I used hemp cord):







You can read my review of the pattern (should be easy to find; it's my only one! ) for some tips on construction. Overall, it's a *great* pattern, but there are some construction oddities that are easy to fix for improved results.



Have fun![/quote]
How many ties did you use in these?
Tammy
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Date: 2/21/12 0:07 AM

Tammy, I just don't know! I want to say something like 17 or 21 in the front/sides, based on a vague memory of numbering them so I didn't mix them up when I went to put them in the boning channels. Check your pattern; IIRC, it actually *tells* you how many boning lines to mark/sew. I omitted the busk in the middle, so I probably used an extra 4 or so...? Of course, you cut them to length, so 36" of cable tie gets you several lengths.

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