Corsets & Working Stays
1860’s Style Light Corset
A properly fitted corset is essential to completing the correct period silhouette of a stylish and well dressed woman. The corset of the period is designed to shape and pull in the waist line, lift and support the bust. The top of the corset should be worn at nipple level, it may be necessary to lift the breasts up into a higher, more comfortable position as the corset is being tightened. The bottom of the corset should ride comfortably at the hip, and not gouge or cut into the hips. The corset is adjusted by tightening or loosening the back laces. “Tight lacing” was not then, nor is it now recommended. Always wear a chemise under the corset to protect your body from irritation and to protect the corset from perspiration and body oils.
Corsets are made with enameled steel busks and ½ inch wide enameled steel bones. The corset exteriors are made of pre washed and preshrunk 100% cotton brocade, cotton duck or canvas.. They are lined with pre washed and preshrunk 100% cotton or high percentage cotton-polyester blend fabrics. All corsets have metal grommets down the back opening and are laced with high quality corset lacing cords.
An alternative for those who do not wish for the tightness and rigidity of a corset. Perfect for camp, farm and working woman personas. Working stays, as the name implies, allow for bending and movement while still providing needed support.
The exteriors are made of pre washed and preshrunk 100% cotton brocade, cotton duck or canvas.. They are lined with pre washed and preshrunk 100% cotton or high percentage cotton-polyester blend fabrics. Instead of metal boning the working stays are quilted to provide the needed support. There is a drawstring at the top to aid in the fit of the stays. All stays have metal grommets down the back opening and are laced with high quality corset lacing cords.
Fitting a corset is not an exact science, sizing depends on body shape and composition and not on modern dress sizing. Proper fitting is most important for your comfort and for the correct look. To determine the correct “starting size” measure your waist line snugly over your period chemise (not too tight, not to loose.) Your corset size will be approximately 2-6 inches smaller than your actual waist size, this allows for a 2 to 6 inch gap at the back closure for weight fluctuation and breathing room. “Fluffy” ladies will be able to cinch in more than “hard-bodied” muscular women. I have found that this style of corset fits most bust sizes, the adjustment is simply to tighten or loosen the back laces.
All corsets come with a pretty fabric bag for storage.
Please provide your exact waist measurement so we can send you the correct size.