What exactly is a "busk" anyway? Single/double/triple bone casings?! Just what are "bones" and what do they look like? Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words when it comes to breaking down corset-related jargon. Click the pictures to enlarge with a full description of what goes into our corsetry and why it's special.
A combination of spiral (at bottom) and flat steels are used in our corsets. These provide strength and flexibility to the garment, as well as keep the fabric from buckling under the tension of lacing. Our corsets come standard with two bones per seam, which are cut and tipped by hand to be the perfect length for each individual piece.
The busk is the centre front closure on a corset, should it feature a front opening. Rather than a series of closures, it is actually several hooks and posts riveted to a piece of 1/2" steel. These are available in many different lengths to serve our bespoke clients, as well as different finishes. Nickel plated is standard, but they are also available in gold tone, antique brass, and black for a nominal fee.
An underbusk (sometimes called a front modesty panel), serves to prevent the stripe of flesh from peeking out between the busk. Our underbusks are boned to provide additional support to the busk.
An underbusk (sometimes called a front modesty panel), serves to prevent the stripe of flesh from peeking out between the busk. Our underbusks are boned to provide additional support to the busk. Here you can see the inside view of the boned underbusk.
The waist tape is a length of cotton twill tape that reinforces the point of greatest tension, keeping the size of the corset. The waist tape on our corsets is stitched to the garment with the bone casings.
Bone casings are channels of fabric that are made by hand from the either a contrasting fabric, or one that matches the main colour of the corset. Casings are available in double (standard on most corsets), single as shown here (one per seam, and one in between seams), and even triple (best used as an accent on certain seams only).
Another example of single bone casings, showing the beautiful variation in colour of an iridescent silk.
The strength layer of our corsets is made of coutil, a fabric specially made for corsetry. We use two different varieties depending on the style and construction, but both are sturdy, 100% cotton with a dense herringbone weave that moulds to the figure and ensures a long lasting corset. Here you can also see the detail of our hand-sewn binding.
Binding is matching or contrasting fabric that is cut on the bias to cover the top and bottom edges of your corset. Our corsets all feature hand-finished binding rather than top-stitching. It creates a tidy, couture finish inside and out.
Grommets are the metal hardware that the lacing travels through. We use two piece grommets sandwiched firmly between steel bones to eliminate the possibility of tearing out. These are available in nickel, brass, and gun metal finishes to complement your corset colours.