What a Difference a Fabric Makes~
So many corset choices-why pick just one?
As I went to break in my new CS-411 red plaid underbust corset, it dawned on me how different it felt from my black satin 411-and not just because my satin is well seasoned. Danielle, our graphic designer and model, has had the same experience when breaking in the new brocades we are looking to carry. The heavy premium polyester used to make the brocades, pinstripes and plaids is a sturdier, stiffer fabric than the high strength shimmering satin we use in our satin corsets. The cotton we recently added is sturdier than the satin-but softer than the brocades. Cotton is great as a daily wear corset. And of course, nothing is a supple as our lambskin in our leather corsets!
It’s important to note that the break in, or seasoning, period required for corsets will differ from fabric to fabric. The polyester and cotton take more time and patience to properly season and fit to your body. I can have a satin corset well seasoned in about a week, but it usually takes two weeks for the cotton and even longer to really get that same feeling with a brocade (and leather can feel that way in a day or two!).
I think the polybrocades and plaids will always feel “stiffer” throughout the life the corset (but I will get back to you on that after I have worn them for over a year). It’s probably worth considering how you intend to use your corset when choosing a fabric. If you plan to wear your corset daily under your clothes, the cotton will endure longer than satin (however the satin eliminates any drag you might get under clothing). Let’s face it, if you are a daily corseter, you need to own several corsets and allow them to breath between wearings. Although all of our fabrics are durable and meant to last, none are meant last a lifetime of daily use. But I do think the “tougher” fabrics (leather, cotton and polyester) would hold up better against the wear and tear of daily corseting under clothing.
I have also found I can lace my leather and satin just a little bit more as the fabric is more forgiving. I am really looking forward to getting my red plaid fully seasoned and fitted like my black satin because I LOVE it! Of course now I have the (still prototype) tan cotton 411 that has become my new favorite corset. LOVE THE COTTON! Bottom line is all of them are strong and beautiful; the leather is exceptionally durable and pliable, satin is beautiful and pliable, and the cotton and polyester are exceptionally durable and beautiful!