Corsets Boulevard Global Curvy Overbust Review

This post is a summary of the “Corsets Boulevard Global Corset Overbust review” video, which you can watch on Youtube if you prefer:

Fit, length Center front is 16.5 inches long (due to the tabs that extend down in the front), the princess seam (where you see the highest part of the sweetheart of the bust) is 16 inches long, the side seam is 15.5 inches, and the enter back is shorter at 13 inches. Circumferential measurements: waist is size 24″, full bust is between 34-35 inches, high hip (iliac) is 34-35 inches as well, and the low hip at the lap is about 37 inches in circumference. The silhouette is relatively curvy, definitely a traditional hourglass.
Material Fashion fabric is black satin (but can be specially ordered in any color satin), the strength layer is black twill.
Construction 6 panel pattern (12 panels total). Most of the ease for the bust is in panels 1-2, and most of the ease for the hip is in panels 3-4. The construction is the “welt-seam” method, which is different from a normal topstitch. The corset is double boned on the seams, and sandwiched between the layers.
Binding Commercial strips of 1-inch-wide black satin ribbon (so it wasn’t folded under; the edges of the ribbon were left raw). There are 6 garter tabs.
Waist tape No waist tape (at least, none could be detected when I inspected the corset carefully).
Modesty panel Modesty panel is around 5″ wide (will cover a back gap up to 4 inches wide) and finished in the same black satin as the fashion fabric. It is unstiffened, and stitched to one side of the back of the corset (can be removed if desired). Unstiffened front modesty placket under the busk, again finished in black satin.
Busk 14.5 inches long with 8 loops and pins, equidistantly spaced. Standard flexible busk (half inch on each side).
Boning 24 total bones not including busk. 1/4″ wide spirals, double boned on the seams. Two further 1/4″ wide flats sandwich the grommets on each side, making a total of 12 bones on each side.
Grommets 26 grommets total, size #00 with a small flange and finished in silver. Set equidistantly, about an inch apart.
Laces Black round cord, it is small enough and slick enough to slide through the grommets, but I find that they snag more than flat laces.
Price £46.97 or around $68 USD until February 15, 2016
The Curvy overbust as it appears on Corsets Blvd Global's website. Click through to learn more.

The Curvy overbust as it appears on Corsets Blvd Global’s website. Click through to learn more.

This corset is definitely one of the least expensive overbust corsets for curvier wearers, offering a 10-11 inch bust spring, and a 13 inch low hip spring. This brand also offers a large range sizes for this corset, from 18″ up to 46″. There is also an opportunity for slight customization, such as choosing between 9 colors of satin, or ordering the corset 2 inches longer or 2 inches shorter than their standard version (the one I’m wearing in this video is the standard length).

I also appreciate how high the corset comes up over bust, and continues high around the sides to control my “armpit squidge”. In the back it comes down a little lower, but not so low as to accommodate very low-back dresses.

The busk keeps my tummy flat, and doesn’t seem to bow outwards. Having 8 loops and pegs, it’s one of the longest corsets I’ve tried to date!

The one feature I wasn’t crazy about are the flaps in the bottom of the center front which are not supported by any steel so they can bend upwards (and therefore don’t offer much in terms of function or support). I believe these to be a nod to the antique Edwardian suspender corsets, but obviously the suspenders/ garters were omitted in this style so the flaps is a bit “vestigial”.

Other overbust corsets of equivalent curve (and support for large cup sizes) tend to average around $300 USD, even for ready-to-wear. Yes, the satin of this piece isn’t quite as lush, and the stitchwork isn’t as pristine as the other brands — don’t expect this piece to live up to the standards as the others — but at its current price, it’s filling a place in the corset industry that other brands aren’t.

I wouldn’t personally waist train in this corset, due to the apparent lack of waist and due to the construction method causing one bone out of each pair being essentially held in by the satin fabric instead of being securely sandwiched into a denser weave cotton (there may be a risk of a steel bone popping through the fabric if this is worn daily for weeks or months). But it would be great for occasional use, special events, and possibly to use as occasional relief from a heavier bust.

On the Corsets Blvd Global site, this curvy overbust in black satin is named the “Keira” corset, and if you get it before February 15, 2016, it will be £46.97 or around $68 USD currently. However, in two weeks all of Corsets Blvd Global prices are set to increase by up to 35%, including this corset which will jump to £62.95 ($91 USD), so grab it at the current price while you can.

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7 comments on “Corsets Boulevard Global Curvy Overbust Review

  1. Current click through sizing only goes to 36, not 46

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Opal, the sizes go up to 46 on this page (special order sizing). Sorry, I had meant to include that link in the original post!

      • um.. sizes that I see go to 40 on that page.. waist 46 but size 40. Sadly, I would need the larger one.

        • bishonenrancher on said:

          Hi Opal, when I click the dropdown list of the Waist Size, I see it go up to 46″. Corset sizes usually describe the closed waist of the corset once the laces are pulled closed, not the person’s natural waist measurement. This is why the sizes go down as small as 18 inches as well, which is usually the smallest closed waist size available for off the rack.

          • the size chart is below there

            • bishonenrancher on said:

              Opal, the “Fuller Hips Size Guide – Chart F” only gives examples from corset sizes 24″ up to 40″, but if you click the dropdown button for the “Waist size” above that, you will see that the corset sizes range from 18 up to 46. Extrapolating in either direction, the size 18″ corsets would fit someone with a natural waist of 20 inches, and the size 46″ corset would fit someone with a natural waist of 52 inches.
              You need to scroll above the chart where the options are, and you’ll see the drop-down options: Size, Colour, Waist Size, Length, etc. It’s under the Waist Size dropdown that you will find the size 46 corsets.

              • ok.. I guess I assumed that “waist size” meant waist size in inches rather than garment size after closing. I also kind of wish that when they talk about length.. they didn’t just say x” longer or shorter but actual numbers. At 6’2″ I’m a challenging size.

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