What Katie Did Satin “Tempest” Corset Review
This entry is a summary of the review video “WKD TempestCorset Review” which you can watch on YouTube here:
|Fit, length||Front is about 14″ inches high; the highest part (from the apex of the bust) is 15 1/4 inches high. Moderate hourglass silhouette. Good for average torso length; not a longline corset. No hip gores, but has ties at the hips to adjust the hip measurement. Bust area fits up to about a small D cup in my opinion.|
|Material||3 layers; fashion layer is 100% polyester satin, and the lining and interlining are both 100% white cotton twill.|
|Construction||5 panel pattern, no hip gores. External boning channels, a floating liner (very comfortable). Also has 6 garter tabs.|
|Binding||Peach satin (matched) binding neatly machine stitched on both inside and outside.|
|Waist tape||1″ wide invisible waist tape between the interlining and lining.|
|Modesty panel||Attached 7″ wide fabric lacing protector on the back made of satin and twill; stiffened placket under busk.|
|Busk||Standard flexible busk (1/2″ wide on each side) about 11″ long (6 pins) and the center front has 2 pairs of grommets at the top to make another almost 3 inches above the busk. The busk is backed with a 1″ wide stiffener on each side.|
|Boning||14 steel bones not including busk. 10 spirals (1/4″ wide) in external channels, 4 flats (1/4″ wide) sandwiching the grommets.|
|Grommets||22 grommets total, size #0 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 thick, they grip well and they are long enough. Has some spring to the lace but very difficult to break.|
|Price||Currently $280.50 USD (at the time I reviewed it it was ~ $250) on the What Katie Did website.|
If you find that you have a “difficult to fit” body, then consider this style. The adjustable ties at the bust gives your chest a little more “breathing room” while the ties at the hips prevent pinching and allow for different hip springs. By making the proper adjustments at these ties, you’re able to keep the laces at the back nice and parallel and straight (i.e. it will look like || instead of / or / etc.) which is one of the features of a well-fitting corset. Adjusting the ties will also somewhat allow you to go from a lighter cinch with a more hourglass shape, to a stronger cinch with a slightly more wasp-shape. If you find the hip ties a bit too cumbersome or you don’t like the look of it, then check out the Storm overbust as it has gores instead of ties.
To see the different styles of the Tempest corset and their other corsets, please visit the What Katie Did website. I would also like to remind you to check out the ebay boutique from What Katie Did, as they often put used, end of line or “second quality” corsets for sale at huge discounts. For instance, I bought my Sailor Tempest corset from their ebay store for 60% off the original price (about $107 CDN) because it was used once for a photoshoot, even though it was still perfect quality.