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This is probably going to be a really bizarre question, but here goes - are there any corsets out there that can flatten the chest out as well, or at least NOT emphasise the breasts? I love corsets, but I have mixed feelings about my chest, and I know it's likely not possible to bind and wear a corset at the same time. Whenever I tried a corset on, it made my boobs look bigger, though - are there any that won't do this?

lucy-corsetry:

Hello! It is totally possible to bind and wear corsets at the same time. :) I’ve worn the Underworks tri-top chest binder with an underbust corset, and it’s pretty restrictive but it works. The corset holds in any tummy pooch that was created at the bottom of the binder, and the binder holds in any muffin top created by the corset. (Unexpected bonus?) I get a lot of armpit spillage with any kind of binder or sports bra, but I think that’s more on my specific body type.

Depending on your size and the shape of your chest, you may need to do some rearranging of your breast tissue within the binder so it works with your corset. e.g. your breasts may be flattened downward, and if you have an underbust corset that comes up too high, it can trap part of your breast uncomfortably. So you may need to pull the breast up slightly if possible, or opt for a shorter corset/cincher which doesn’t come up so high on the ribcage.

In terms of an underbust corset that will not emphasize the size of your bosom if you’re wearing a regular bra, this is a bit more difficult - by making the waist smaller, the corset is emphasizing everything else by contrast. So if you want to minimize this effect, perhaps you’d prefer a more gentle/ modern slim silhouette, as opposed to a dramatic wasp waist. Once again, opt for corsets that don’t come up to the underwire of any of your bras, to prevent the corset from lifting up your bust and creating a chin-rest effect.

In terms of overbust corsets, those that flatten at the front can end up sort of pushing everything upwards (as much as I hate the stereotype, think of a “bar maiden” neckline) so the flatter you make the center front, the higher you should raise the neckline of the corset if you’d like to keep the bust minimized. I think the corset I have personally tried that did this best was the Valerian overbust from Versatile - in fact, I felt that my bust was almost too small to properly model the corset, and I’m not small.

I hope I haven’t inadvertently said anything offensive. Body image is highly personal and touchy subject, and I’m pretty new to writing about it. But I hope these suggestions have helped in some way. :)

Some makers who do custom work might be willing to work with you to create an overbust that does flatten, if that’s a thing you’re after, rather than pairing an underbust with a separate binder. I know that I’ve talked to people about making a waistcoat corset that also acts as a sort of binder, designed to de-emphasize the chest for them. It’s something I’m actually hoping to play with in the near future, but it’s something that’ll take some patterning experimentation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Burleska Petra Underbust

Burleska was lovely enough to send us their Petra underbust in silver for a review! We chose the Petra since it has hip gores and looked to be the curviest model they offer. We’ll be breaking this review into several parts: Construction, Fit, and Styling.

Construction

The construction on this corset is very nicely done! The fabric is high quality. It’s two layers, the fashion fabric of a black velvet and a silver satin flocked with floral black velvet designs on the outside and what looks to be a sturdy cotton twill on the inside. The edges of the ruffles are neatly serged for a finish without excess bulk (which is difficult to achieve with velvet) and the trim also adds to a very neat finish on the binding. There were no loose stitches and the channels were neatly stitched, with very little wavering in the lines. 

The bones and busk are of good quality. All of the boning is straight steel, even the boning along the side, although that piece only goes to the waist and not through the hip gore. During brief wear, I didn’t experience any discomfort from that boning, but I can’t vouch for how it would feel during prolonged wear and would definitely not recommend it for waist training or tightlacing, just casual, fun fashion wear with a lighter reduction. 

The lacing runs through two part grommets that are set snugly, although they do have splits in them. The lacing itself is very nice and sturdy (it feels like nylon) with little to no stretch and doesn’t seem to catch on the splits, although that may change over time or if the laces were switched out. There is a bone on the outside edge of the grommets but not immediately on the inside edge, which will lead to excess pulling on the grommets over time. 

There is a soft modesty panel in the back, one layer of the strength fabric and an outer layer of the flocked satin. It’s pretty stiff and easy to arrange for a soft modesty panel, as the strength fabric has a good amount of heft to it for not being coutil. 

Fit

Sara says: The fit was moderately curvy, with the hip gores adding a bit of extra room, especially compared to their other styles. We ordered this corset in a 24” and the measurements of the actual garment lying down closed and flat are bust: 12.5”, waist: 11.5” Hip:15”, front:12”, back: 12”

It’s pictured on both of us unseasoned and laced loosely. My personal biggest issue was that the waist didn’t cinch in enough for my taste because I’m capable of reducing much more, as long as my hips and ribcage have room. I had been regularly lacing to about 27” in my waist trainer, but could only reduce an inch or two in this due to my hips getting in the way (dang hips). 

(Sara, miffed that she can’t make the corset a different shape just by wanting it)

As can be seen in the pictures, there are very few wrinkles

Sophie says: The fit was very comfortable, even though it didn’t have extreme curves. Sara said she’d prefer it, but so would I. Still, it’s rather cute and stable.

Styling

We both absolutely love the look of this corset overall. The fabric, both inner and outer, is really high quality, the velvet is soft, all of the finishing looks really nice, and it goes great with our gothy wardrobes! It’s a nice accent piece for a run outfit.

Because it’s so detailed, you’d be hard pressed to put it with a very basic outfit like my daily, a black maxi and a black shirt. You could of course, but it’d look weird. You’d probably want to use a lot of accessories to make sure your midsection isn’t the only thing detailed!

Because of the sweet velvet ruffle, a cute bustle might me appropriate, which can be as simple as a hip scarf.

Maybe in the near future I’ll do a full on style shoot with it. Over the top outfit, of course.

A few weeks back, I wore it to a lingerie party and you know what I looked very cute. Probably not an outfit that anyone is looking for.

(Sweet outfit tho)

Conclusion

A cute and well made garment for looking great in and keeping your back straight, but not for tightlacing or waist training.

Anyone lookin to sell anything around a 28-32 waist? Curvier is awesome, I'm a fat kid. Also if this is not a cool question feel free to delete it if it isn't in line with blog etiquette or anything.

Nah, it’s all good! We want to allow people to connect in the community, and that includes people looking to buy/sell used. We just can’t be culpable for any of it as a dealer or involved middle man for ~legal purposes~.

If anyone is looking to sell something in that range, please contact witchyscrafts directly! 

unlifeoftheparty:

So I managed to find the perfect shade of polish to match my #corset. Complete coincidence. @orchardcorset #opi

Oh no, you have become too powerful

unlifeoftheparty:

So I managed to find the perfect shade of polish to match my #corset. Complete coincidence. @orchardcorset #opi

Oh no, you have become too powerful

thecorsetauthority:

sewvictorian:

agirlfromdownunderblog:

Lucy is a truly outstanding member of our community, please share the campaign and donate if you can!
Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-gift-for-lucy-corsetry-bishonenrancher

I was lucky enough to snap up one of the Ariadnes Thread underbust patterns before they all went!  There are more and more exciting things on offer though, and all of them help to show how much we as a community appreciate and care for Lucy (Bishonenrancher) I cant wait to see what Foundations Revealed offer, I hope there is one of their “prizes” left when my student loan comes in.

I recently donated a couple off money off vouchers for a Fiorella corset! -Issy

thecorsetauthority:

sewvictorian:

agirlfromdownunderblog:

Lucy is a truly outstanding member of our community, please share the campaign and donate if you can!

Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-gift-for-lucy-corsetry-bishonenrancher

I was lucky enough to snap up one of the Ariadnes Thread underbust patterns before they all went!  There are more and more exciting things on offer though, and all of them help to show how much we as a community appreciate and care for Lucy (Bishonenrancher) 
I cant wait to see what Foundations Revealed offer, I hope there is one of their “prizes” left when my student loan comes in.

I recently donated a couple off money off vouchers for a Fiorella corset! -Issy

toxicnebulae:

my new Timeless Trends corset! it’s the floral / nude one in 20”, and I got it from eBay.

So my corset was unfinished when I turned it in and I felt like 100% crap about it, sure I failed and ruined my entire collegiate career

And I got a B.

Hell yeah

Anonymous:
Which of Orchard corset's level 3's would you say is the curviest? CS426 VS CS411?

snarkopticon:

waistedlives:

I only own the 426 so I couldn’t say. Maybe someone in the community can tell us?

OC says they’re similar, but my hips say no because I have both in a size 22 and the 411 tends to dig into my hip-flesh after a few hours while the 426 fits me just fine. The 426 is definitely curvier, at least on my long, somewhat squishy torso.

 
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