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