This entry is a summary of the review video “Leatherotics Overbust Corset 1919 Review” which you can watch on YouTube here:
|Fit, length||Front is about 15.5 inches high; the highest part (from the apex of the bust) is a bit over 16 inches high, however I requested extra length in my corset. Gives a gentle silhouette. The standard size would be appropriate for average torso length. Gives gentle hipspring (although no pinching around the iliac crest). It is not longline however. Also gives a very straight, flat profile. The cut of this corset makes it able to be worn by women of many different bust sizes – would likely fit cups B-D best.|
|Material||2 main layers; fashion layer is 100% nappa leather (0.8mm thick), and the lining is black cotton twill. Internal boning channels are also made from twill. *Note however that this corset is available in several colours, for both leather and satin fashion layers.|
|Construction||6 panel pattern, no hip gores. Panels appear to be topstitched and boning channels are internal. Also has 4 garter tabs.|
|Binding||Black leather binding neatly machine stitched on both outside and inside. Inside is trimmed down, not folded under, to reduce bulk. This is normal.|
|Waist tape||1″ wide waist tape visible on the inside, made of satin ribbon and secured at the boning channels.|
|Modesty panel||Attached 6.25″ wide fabric lacing protector on the back made of black twill (somewhat quilted!); also includes a black twill placket under busk.|
|Busk||Slightly wider than standard, flexible busk (a bit less than an inch on each side) about 14″ long (7 pins); when fastened it is quite secure and doesn’t bend as easily.|
|Boning||14 steel bones not including busk. 10 spirals (1/4″ wide) in external channels, 4 flats (1/4″ wide) sandwiching the grommets.|
|Grommets||36 grommets total, size #00 two-part grommets with moderate flange; set equidistantly, no splits, no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets|
|Laces||Strong nylon braided shoe-lace style laces; they’re not too thick, they grip well and they are long enough. Not much spring to it. Very difficult to break.|
|Price||Standard size satin version of this is £49 UK (about $80 USD), while standard size leather version is £79 (about $125 USD).|
I was pleasantly surprised by how flattering this little overbust was on me. The extra length was definitely a good idea, and I don’t regret that decision! It’s so nice to go out and not have to worry about “pop outs,” it makes me wish that other off-the-rack corset companies offered made-to-measure options. It also makes me wish that I had kept that one cheaper leather ebay corset so I could compare the two and show you the difference in quality. As far as people being surprised that I would even own a leather overbust due to its “fetish” connotations (I hesitate to even type the word), I’d probably readily wear this with a floral peasant skirt or a white glittery tutu.
Although from the inside, at a glance, the construction of the Leatherotics corsets look quite similar to the Corsets-UK corsets, one can see the differences in the type of boning, grommets and busk used, and vast differences in the pattern of the corset. I’m quite glad that Leatherotics responded positively to past criticism about the quality of their grommets and seemingly implemented a change, as opposed to ignoring complaints like some other companies. They’ve earned my respect because of that.