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BONES, BONE CASINGS, PIPING, AND THREAD
[Updated 3/23/15]


INTRODUCTION:

Bones give shape, structure, and strength to your corset. Along with your corsetiere's technique, fabric choices, and other, bones add waist-reducing and torso-contouring power to your corset.

STANDARD: Bones are typically installed alongside the front busk and alongside the grommeted section in the back of your corset and the back edge of the corset as well, and in addition, around your corset.


BONING MATERIAL:

STANDARD: Bones in your ROMANTASY corset will be made of spring steel (not stainless) for the most comfortable fit and best body contouring or figure shaping. Note that these bones are not rust-proof, thus cleaning your corset must be done very carefully according to instructions we will send with your new corset.

We do not offer stainless-steel boning at this time, nor do we use light-weight rigiline or plastic boning. Bone types are either flat steel and covered with a thin layer of white plastic and rounded at the ends, or tightly-coiled threads of steel that are pushed flat and tipped with metal at the ends. The latter are a bit more flexible and thus, some clients find them a bit more comfortable. However, some patterns require one type or the other of boning and we prefer that you allow our corsetieres to make the proper selection of type.

All bones begin to mold to the body with corset wear over time and become more comfortable and the corset better-fitting as well. The plastic coating on flat bones may chip or crack over time, but this takes many, many years or many wearings. Note that we will refurbish ROMANTASY corsets including replacement of chipped or cracked bones over time with wear, should breaks occur.

Depending on the line of corset from which you order (Basic, Fundamental, or Elegant), you may choose from the below types and variety of bone application techniques.


NUMBER OF BONES:

One, two, three, or four bones placed vertically (or sometimes placed diagonally) at various intervals depending on the corset pattern and tight-lacing desires of our clients; view image above.

STANDARD: Typically we place two bones side-by-side and very tightly or closely aligned. Lighter-weight, less costly corsets (such as in our Basic Line) may have only one bone at intervals around the corset, while corsets for full-figures or tight-lacing may have four bones. Please request this option when you order.


WHERE BONES ARE PLACED:

STANDARD: Our corsets typically place the bone between the lining and the outer fabric. Please request outside bone casings when you order.

Bones are placed either between the lining and outer fabric, in channels created by vertical or diagonal stitch lines sewed. However a separate narrow strip or "casing" of fabric may be created and sewed inside the lining of the corset or outside the outer fabric of the corset, into which a bone is then inserted. The bone must be very tightly wedged into this strip with straight stitch lines in place.

One placement is not stronger than the other, but more a matter of two things: outer bone casings may be an individual aesthetic preference, or tight-lacers and those seeking to wear corsets for long hours each day may want to stay away from inner bone casings, since they create a pressure-point against the body when lacing down. For this kind of corset wear, outer bone casings may be more comfortable.

Note that a bone may also be placed inside the flap that is typically sewn under the front busk of corsets produced by some of our ROMANTASY corsetieres. Some of our corstieres do not include the flap and may add a modest upcharge for this element. Bones inside the flap will entail an upcharge and may be of 1/2" wide spring steel, or of wider 1"-stainless steel to provide a straight more rigid front and an increment of more strength in lacing down and in durability. Please request this option when you order.




BONES STACKED, OR SIDE BY SIDE?:

STANDARD: Bones in our corsets are aligned side-by side, but may be placed stacked one over the other. Some tight-lacers prefer to stack bones. Please request this option when you order.


WIDTH OF BONES:

STANDARD: boning used by all corsetieres is 4.5 mm wide . The thickness is 0.014 inch, or 0.355 mm.

However, for a heavier corset that permits longer wear and tighter lacing, you may order boning (1) to be heavier, that is .038 inch or .94 mm thick, or order boning (2) to be normal thickness but be 1/2" wide.

Full-figure clients may wish to order 1/2"-wide boning installed around the entire corset for better figure control. Please request this option when you order.


PIPING:

Piping is an additional embellishment typically applied alongside an outer bone casing, or at the seam line dividing one color from another color used in your corset. It can be flat, or rolled cording as you prefer. Not all corsetieres offer this feature so please ask. You may expect to pay from $7 to 10 per row of piping. Please view these alternate piping techniques in the images below. Please request this option when you order.


COLOR OF STITCHING:

STANDARD: Note that if you do not inform us at the time you order, your corsetiere will choose the color of thread she chooses to stitch the bone channels into your corset. Typically but not always, this is the same color as your corset.

You may request a contrasting color. Outer bone casings may be in the same fabric of your corset, or a different fabric for a contrast, see to the right. Please request this option when you order.



HOW DO I DETERMINE THE ABOVE MATTERS?

You may rely on our long experience in the corset business to advise you and deliver a top quality corset. Be certain to tell us about your goals, needs, desires, purpose for corseting, and preferences listed this page, otherwise we will make the final, sound and corset style-suitable choices for you.






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