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Burleska Underbust (Fashion) Corset Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Corset Review: Burleska FASHION Corset” which you can watch on YouTube here:

Fit, length Front is about 12″ long. modern slim silhouette, not Victorian hourglass.
Material Two layers; thin cherry-print satin and inner twill.
Construction Faux flat-felled seams (topstitching) between panels, bones inserted into the seam allowances.
Binding Satin bias binding in black; machine stitched on both inside and outside.
Waist tape None.
Modesty panel Attached flexible (satin) back lacing protector, no front placket.
Busk Standard flexible busk (1/2″ wide on each side), about 11 inches long, 5 pins. Busk has ripped through the material in center front panel.
Boning PLASTIC boned, NOT steel boned. 10 bones not including busk.
Grommets 18 grommets total, size #0 two-part grommets with small flange; no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets
Laces Nylon braided black shoelace-style laces; some spring to them but no breaking/ripping.
Price I had paid $85 CDN + tax. However you can get it for much less at the Burleska website.
This cherry brocade underbust from Burleska isn’t identical to the style I purchased years ago, but it comes fairly close.

Final Thoughts:

I was disappointed in this corset. This was my first “real” purchased corset (or so I thought) and at the time I figured I was doing the smart thing by going into a store to try on the corset before I bought it. I wish I had the same knowledge back then, that I have now. In the store, I asked the clerk questions like “Does this have steel bones?” and “How many inches can it take off?” The clerk told me everything I wanted to hear, in order to get the sale. It wasn’t steel boned; it was plastic boned. It had no waist tape, the busk was poking through after a few wears, and it didn’t cinch that much.

I really don’t like giving negative reviews. I hate to “bad-mouth” companies. In all honesty, Burleska makes cute fashion corsets but the purpose of these corsets should be clear – they should be used only as fashion accessories (not waist-training or tightlacing corsets). If I were to bad-mouth anything or anyone, it would have been the deceptive (or clueless) store clerk.

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