Corset Q & A Episode 32: What Does A Warped Corset Look Like And How Does That Happen?
Renee,our AWESOME Social Media Manager, has experienced some frequently asked questions on social media, and lately she has had a lot of questions related to warped corsets. What the heck does a warped corset even mean and how can you tell if you have a warped corset?!? More importantly, how do you PREVENT your corset from warping?!
During my downtime I assist in processing exchanges/returns in the shipping department. The main reason for sending corsets to the defect bin, no matter the style or size of the corset, is due to bent boning. Most of the time, bent boning occurs on the steel bones closest to the pins & hooks (the busk) or by the laces in the back (the lace guards). This occurs because the steel bones in those areas are straight bones unlike the spiral bones that make up the rest of the boning in the corset. (wondering what the steel bones inside the corset look like? Check out our Inside The Steel Boned Corset video) The straight boning has limited lateral movement compared to the spiral boning.
So what does a warped corset look like? Check out the video above for an example of a warped corset. So WHY do corsets get warped? Most warping can be attributed to 2 things, 1) not loosening the laces enough when putting on and taking off the corset, and 2) failure to fully season your corset.
As a first time corset wearer, it may be hard to remember, but you will need to loosen the laces of the corset ALL the way before beginning to fasten the hooks and pins, AND ALSO loosen the laces ALL the way before taking the corset off… EVERY TIME!! Even when the corset is seasoned, not loosening the corset laces can warp the boning at the busk due to the uneven torque that is applied when trying to fasten the pins under pressure.
The other common warped corset problem that we see occurs in the lacing guards in the back. This usually happens with individuals who have a narrow underbust and upper hip but a larger waist. The straight steel bones (lace guards) naturally form a parenthesis as they season the corset to their body. Over time the corset will be warped in that parenthesis shape. That DOESN’T mean that corset is now ruined! It may work perfectly for that individual but would be considered warped if it were to come in to be exchanged. If your waist is larger than your upper hip and underbust, take a little extra time to season your corset to reduce the severity of the parenthesis shape.
Hopefully that clears up any concerns you might have had about what a warped corset looks like and possible reasons why that could happen! Please let us know in the comments if there are any questions that you’d like to see answered in our Corset Q & A series!