You may be seriously confused at what you're seeing. First off, why in the freak is that stupid look on my face? Second, what the crap do I have on my body? (Am I committing adultery with another corset besides my own??)Third, why is this corset awkwardly chopping the line of my breasts in half and squishing my extra jigglies out of the bottom (although, you can't see it very well.) Here's the story. I was at my renaissance festival this last weekend, and a lady came in wearing this "corset" (if you can even call it that.) On her, the boning in the back looked like the side of a lasagna noodle and looked as slithery as a snake. Plus, she said it was really painful. We quickly got her out of it and into one of mine, where the relief was palpable, and the sex appeal went up 60 points instantly!
She asked if anything could be done with this one. It's one where the corset was advertised as being a "steel boned" corset....which is technically true because it DOES have two pieces of average steel up the front. However, the rest of it is boned with about 10 or 12 horrible wobbly plastic bones. Look at the picture up above! That is me folding half of the corset up! That is NOT a good sign. I'm always trying to preach this concept to my customers-Just because it says it is boned in 40 places doesn't mean that those forty places will end up holding you in and looking good. There's even varieties of steel boning that are completely useless, in my opinion. I could go on and on about this subject, but I need to finish this up so I can keep sewing more corsets for this weekend.
Anyway, so here's the back. It was uncomfortably short, making my love handles poke out the back in an exaggerated manner, and the boning just bent all to heck (as you can see in the pictures below). The seams in this were very straight...as in "NOT CURVED" like a woman's body should be. And....oh yuck! I never had any idea my hair looked like that from the back...oh boy.....Anyway, the other thing is that when you have something laced up your back, it puts a tremendous amount of strain on it. Now, granted, I have been having serious back problems all week because I've been so stressed out and tense, but this corset honestly made my back hurt worse.
Bleh! Look at this! It bends side to side and in and out away from the body! I'm about to take this to my sewing machine and perform surgery on it and see if new life can be breathed into it, but no matter what I do, it will still be a fairly unflattering pattern. I didn't feel like a seductress in it....I felt sort of cheap and "blah". I'm not sure how much this corset originally cost, but I'm guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 to $100. It has a tag proudly sewn in that states its origin as "China". Am I surprised? Not really.
I'm not saying everyone has to purchase my corsets (although, it would be REALLY swell if you all did.) but PLEASE don't go for something like this. It will give you a bad taste in your mouth for corsets and you'll end up thinking of them as uncomfortable booby traps (yes, pun intended.)