Corsets-UK Overbust “Waist Training” Corset Review
This entry is a summary of the review video “Corsets-UK ‘Waist Training’ Overbust Review”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:
|Fit, length||Gently curved. The center front is 14”. The longest part of the corset at the apex of the bust is a little over 15”. Very straight back, I wouldn’t recommend this for people with swayback.|
|Material||Two MAIN layers, the outer red taffeta and inner black twill, but both have fusible interfacing on the inside.|
|Construction||6 panel pattern. The seams appear to be lock-stitched, NOT top stitched. The bones are sandwiched between the layers of fabric. The lining is attached to the other layers by stitching in the ditch.|
|Binding||Binding at top and bottom are black taffeta. I would have preferred binding in red to match the rest of the corset. Machine stitched on both sides.|
|Waist tape||One-inch-wide waist tape running through the corset, hidden between the layers.|
|Modesty panel||Unboned modesty panel in the back made from red taffeta on the outside and black twill on the underside. There’s no placket under the busk.|
|Busk||Heavy duty busk, a little less than 1” wide on each side. It’s 12.5” long with 6 pins.|
|Boning||24 steel bones in this corset. Double-boned on the seams, there are 10 ¼” wide spiral steels on each side, and then sandwiching the grommets are 2 spring steel bones each about 7mm wide.|
|Grommets||There are 24, 2-part size #0 grommets (12 on each side). The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around and no obvious splits on the underside. There is some pulling away of the fabric from the grommets at the waist (around the “bunny ears”).|
|Laces||Round braided nylon cords, NOT flat laces as one sees in other brands of corsets. They glide smoothly through the grommets but I find that they don’t grip well, meaning my corset tends to loosen over time. It’s extremely strong, hard to break, but I would rather replace the laces.|
|Price||Currently £72 in the UK ($114 USD).|
I actually ordered this corset a long time before I finally actually got around to reviewing it. This doesn’t mean that I wore it a lot, though. It was a lovely little piece and I liked how smooth the satin was around my body – prior to this corset, I experienced satin wrinkling up from stress on the corset, particularly at the waist, but it didn’t happen in this situation because it was fused to another layer. That was one thing I did like about it.
Some clients are confused between the difference between the “Waist Training” corsets and the “Authentic” (normal or standard) corset from Corsets-UK, Corset Story etc. In truth, they don’t have that much difference between them. The “Waist Training” corsets are double boned with spiral steel bones, and the bones are sandwiched between two layers – whereas the “Authentic” corsets are single boned with flat steel bones and these are placed in internal boning channels. I do find the “waist training” corsets to be more comfortable than the other style, because the bones are more flexible and don’t poke into me. However I have found no difference in the quality of materials or hardware used between one style or the other. The cut/ shape/ pattern/ silhouette between them are also no different.
The fit of this sweetheart overbust corset is much more comfortable and more flattering than the underbust corsets. In the overbusts, the bust is 8 inches larger than the waist, and the hips are 10 inches larger in the waist. In the underbust corsets, the ribcage is only 4 inches larger than the waist, and the hips 6 inches larger than the waist. Why did they make the hips so much smaller in the underbust compared to the overbust? Anyway, for this reason a lot of people would naturally decide to use an overbust to train in. In my experience, underbust corsets are easier to breathe in (since they don’t extend so high up the ribcage), easier for mobility, and easier to hide under clothing. I just wish that this brand’s underbust corsets were curvier! I did try to cut this overbust down to an underbust, and failed miserably because of the way the bones were sewn into the corset and can’t be removed.
Is it theoretically possible to waist train in a Corsets-UK or CorsetDeal “waist training” corset? I have sorta seen it done in the past (there are die-hard Corsets-UK fans out there who don’t use any other brand), but I can’t guarantee that it’s going to be as safe or effective compared to an actual waist training corset. Even the owner of Corset Wholesale said that there’s no point in comparing a $40 corset with a custom made corset. Therefore, don’t expect a cheaper corset to do the same job as a custom one.