This post is a summary of the “True Corset Mesh Cincher Review” video, which you can watch on Youtube if you prefer:
|Fit, length||Front and back are about 9.5 inches long, and the sides are slightly less than 9 inches. I consider this a modern slim silhouette; the ribcage is about 5″ bigger than the waist, and the hips are about 8″ bigger than the waist. (Original measurements: ribcage 29″, waist 24″, high hip 32″) Recommended for people of shorter stature or shorter waists. If you have any issues with lower tummy pooch, choose a longer corset as this one doesn’t extend down to cover the lower abdomen. This corset is not designed for tightlacing or waist training.|
|Material||Single layer of mesh, with twill reinforcements on the busk and grommet area, and grosgrain boning channels.|
|Construction||5 panel pattern, all panels looking fairly parallel. Single boned on the seams, with internal boning channels straddling each seam to strengthen it.|
|Binding||Commercial black satin ribbon, not folded under. Machine stitched on the outside and inside. 6 garter tabs (3 on each side).|
|Waist tape||1-inch wide black satin ribbon, exposed on the inside of the corset. It does not extend through all panels though; this waist tape starts between panels 1-2, and ends between panels 4-5, so that panel 1 and panel 5 are not reinforced.|
|Modesty panel||No modesty panel or placket on my corset.|
|Busk||8.5 inches long with 5 pins (equidistantly spaced). Fairly stiff, just short of 1″ wide on each side.|
|Boning||12 total bones not including busk. On each side there are four 1/4″ spiral steel bones (in internal channels). Two further 1/4″ wide flats sandwich the grommets on each side.|
|Grommets||20 grommets total, size #00 two-part grommets with small flange; set equidistantly. Unfortunately the grommets are not holding in tightly at the waistline and I will be repairing this corset in the near future.|
|Laces||1/4″ black flat braided nylon shoe-lace style laces. Virtually unbreakable. Has a bit of spring.|
|Price||At the time that I’m writing, it is £56 in the UK or $84 in the US.|
Although the corset is only advertised in white mesh on their website, they do currently have black mesh in stock – you only have to send them an email to be able to order the black mesh, until they get the product photos and sale page up for the black version.
This cincher is designed for beginners, as it has an attractive price and an modern slim silhouette. When I tried True Corset’s Dragon cincher last year, I noticed that the size 22″ didn’t close very far in the back due to my ribcage and hips, so I went with the size 24″ this time and found that it closed entirely in the back, and fit my circumferential measurements quite comfortably.
The mesh is on the delicate side and I have noticed that there is some expansion of the mesh at the waistline (which is why they recommend you purchase one size smaller than usual, even though I personally didn’t do so – in fact, I recommend ordering one size up), and also the grommets had begun to pull out at the waistline. I would recommend that the grommet panel be reinforced with another layer of twill to give the grommets more to “grab hold of”, and also possibly using grommets with a wider flange.
As this stock stands, what with the partial waist tape and the condition of the grommets, I must stress what True Corset said to me: that this piece is not a waist training or tightlacing corset – I would say it should only be used for occasional light lacing. Which is a bit of a disappointment, as this corset was remarkably comfy for OTR. Mesh corsets are difficult to review, because they really only have resurfaced in the last couple of years and as of yet there is no set standard of quality, the way there is with other strength fabrics (twill, coutil, etc). Because it is not identical in strength or construction to a cotton twill corset, this piece should not be used the same way as a twill corset.
True Corset is a bit brave to have been one of the first OTR companies to take on the challenge of affordable mesh corsetry – while there is certainly room for improvement, I can also see that these changes may drive up the price. These pieces, despite being single layer, may be more difficult to construct due to the lightweight and porous nature of the mesh. Certain mesh types may be more difficult to source or more expensive than twill. This corset has been the least expensive mesh corset I have ever tried – just keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to mesh corsetry.
You can read more about the True Corset mesh cincher on their website here.