Romantasy “Simple Pleasures” Victorian Cincher Review
This entry is a summary of the review video “Romantasy Simple Pleasures Reversible Cincher Review” which you can watch on YouTube here:
|Fit, length||Center front is about 10″ long and the shortest part of the corset (close to the side seam) is about 6.5″ – so this corset would be able to fit short waisted wearers. Gentle hourglass silhouette; the ribcage is about 4-5″ larger than the waist, and the hips are about 6-7″ larger than the waist (but it comes high over the hips so doesn’t squeeze my iliac crest).|
|Material||2 layers; the outer fabric is denim and the inner fabric is satin coutil (cotton-backed satin).|
|Construction||6 panel pattern, panels are assembled using a top-stitch, single boned on the seams (sandwiched).|
|Binding||Bias binding in matching bias strips of satin coutil, machine stitched on both sides.|
|Waist tape||A 0.5″ wide invisible waist tape – sandwiched between the two layers.|
|Modesty panel||No back lacing protector, no front placket. This corset is designed to be economic without add-ons. Also with its reversibility, a modesty panel would somewhat complicate its use. (They can be purchased from Romantasy separately, though!)|
|Busk||Standard flexible busk with 4 pins (bottom two are closer together), about 9.5 inches long. Further reinforced by a wide flat steel on either side of the busk.|
|Boning||16 bones (not including busk): single boned on the seams with 1/4″ spirals, flats sandwiching the grommets and stiff wide flat steels beside the busk.|
|Grommets||18 grommets total, size #00 two-part grommets with moderate flange; absolutely no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommet.|
|Laces||1/2″ wide, double-face satin ribbon. Great strength, no stretching, but a little slippery. Can be easily replaced with your favourite type of laces though.|
|Price||Starts at $185, with pricing markups for natural waists 32″ through 60″.|
This little Simple Pleasures cincher (from the Romantasy private label) was made by Jill Hoverman, just one of the team of 4-5 corsetieres that represent Romantasy. It was introduced as an answer to the cheaper OTR corsets out there, but designed to have a more comfortable fit and more flattering silhouette. It also gives you a more personal experience since you still get to choose your fashion fabric and can talk to Ann about other small upgrades and embellishments, while still paying the same amount as you would for some higher end OTR corsets.
Because this is a lightweight corset, it’s designed to be used for lighter reductions of 3-4 inches (perfect for beginners), for some gentle back support, and to be used as a sleeping corset.
This is my first corset from Romantasy but will certainly not be my last, as it is very comfortable and doesn’t cut into my ribs or hips. Because I have a bit of a fleshy torso, I personally get a bit of muffin top while wearing it, but that is something I usually experience anyway in almost all of my cinchers. I was surprised at how remarkably smooth this corset is for being a reversible piece; I was always under the impression that a corset must be roll-pinned in order to create a smooth line on the body, which is not possible with reversible corsets. However, this one was clearly not roll-pinned yet still super smooth on both sides!
Since this is a standard size, I’d recommend this for lacers who are rather balanced in their weight distribution on top and bottom, and are looking for light support. I’m quite pleased with this little cincher, especially as a made-to-order corset for such a small investment. You can find Romantasy’s Simple Pleasures Cincher on this page.