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Chinese Ebay Corset Review

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

This corset, I have found, is a knock-off of the “Agnes” corset made by Eternal Spirits.

Fit, length Front is about 13″ long. Modern slim silhouette, not hourglass.
Material One layer of 90% polyester, 10% spandex (stretch satin)
Construction Top-stitching between panels, bones inserted into internal boning channels made from a soft tape.
Binding None, instead there is a ruffle trim on top and bottom.
Waist tape None.
Modesty panel None.
Busk Standard flexible busk (1/2″ wide on each side), about 12 inches long, 6 pins. Busk is poking through the fabric after only 2 wearings.
Boning PLASTIC boned, NOT steel boned. 12 bones not including busk. Do not sandwich the grommets.
Grommets 18 grommets total, size #0 two-part grommets with small flange; set equidistantly, no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets
Laces Polyester single-faced satin ribbon.
Price I had paid about $16 CDN plus shipping for this.

Final Thoughts:

This review was really to make a point that you have to go higher than $20 (indeed, usually higher than $50) in order to get a garment that even remotely has corset-like qualities. I would never have bought this if I didn’t get so many requests to review one of these. If you’re going to a costume party and you need something super cheap, then you can use this corset. You can perhaps even cannibalize this corset for materials (like the busk, if you trust it) in future corsets. But I wouldn’t consider this a ‘real’ corset and can’t recommend it.

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Burleska Underbust 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.

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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Leatherotics Waspie 1827 Corset Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Corset Review: Leatherotics Itty Bitty “Waspie” 1827″ which you can watch on YouTube here:

Fit, length Front is about 7″ long. Very short along the side, will not squish your hips. Modern slim silhouette, not a “wasp-waist” shape. Rather small around the lower ribcage. Good for short-waisted corseters, however not recommended for anyone with a lower belly pooch.
Material Two layers; heavy outer satin (easily wipes clean) and inner twill. No rippling, no stretching.
Construction Faux flat-felled seams (topstitching) between panels, internal boning channels made of twill.
Binding Satin bias binding in black; machine stitched on both inside and outside.
Waist tape A 1″ wide waist tape (ribbon) visible on lining side, stitched down at boning channels.
Modesty panel Attached flexible back lacing protector about 6″ wide, also front placket behind busk.
Busk 3 pins, Heavy busk (1″ wide on each side), about 6 inches long.
Boning 12 bones not including busk: 8 1/4″ wide spiral steel, 4 flats along the back.
Grommets 12 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 $70.50 USD when not on sale.

Final Thoughts:

This is indeed a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe as you can wear it over clothing as a fashionable wide belt, or under clothing as a foundation piece. However, be aware that this cincher has a “modern slim” silhouette, which means there’s not a lot of curve inward at the waist, so it won’t cinch in the waist dramatically. Due to the shortness of this corset I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who has lower-pooch issues.

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Leatherotics Hipster 1817 Corset Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Corset Review: Leatherotics Underbust Longline “Hipster” 1817″ which you can watch on YouTube here:

Fit, length Front is about 12.5″ long. modern slim silhouette, not Victorian hourglass.
Longline; comes over the hips, good for lower tummy control. Not recommended for short-waisted people.
Moderate room in the hips. Relatively small in the ribcage.
Material Two layers; heavy outer satin (easily wipes clean) and inner twill.
Construction Faux flat-felled seams (topstitching) between panels, internal boning channels.
Binding Satin bias binding in black; machine stitched on both inside and outside.
Waist tape A 1″ wide waist tape (ribbon) visible on lining side, stitched down at boning channels.
Modesty panel Attached flexible back lacing protector, also front placket behind busk.
Busk Heavy busk (1″ wide on each side), about 11.5 inches long.
Boning 14 bones not including busk: 10 1/4″ wide spiral steel, 4 flats along the back.
Grommets 24 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 $140 USD when not on sale.

Final Thoughts:

This was my first true longline, and it launched my search for well-fitting, curvaceous and comfortable longline corsets. Most of my corsets I own these days are now longline as it’s my preferred aesthetic. Because this particular piece was so long in the front, I sometimes had a bit of trouble fastening the busk, and had a bit of trouble sitting down. This corset was pretty and quite smooth for an entry-level corset, but it’s not made for daily training. If you’re looking for something appropriate for training, here is a page that outlines the waist training friendliness of various OTR brands. The ribcage runs small in Leatherotics corsets so I would suggest ordering up a size compared to what you’d usually get from off-the-rack corsets.

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Timeless Trends Silk Underbust Corset Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Timeless Trends white/emerald silk underbust corsets” which you can watch on YouTube here:

Fit, length Front is about 11.5″ long. Gives a traditional Victorian hourglass silhouette, not wasp-waisted; I’m able to achieve 3-4 inch waist reduction. Comes over the hips a little on me. All of their corsets are the same pattern/shape.
Material Outer silk brocade in green (or white; I reviewed 2 different corsets here) which is fused to twill. Comes in many different colours and fabrics. Inner twill.
Construction Appears to have been lock-stitched, with the boning sandwiched between the two layers of twill.
Binding Satin bias binding in matching colour; machine stitched on both inside and outside.
Waist tape A 1″ wide “invisible) waist tape – sandwiched between the two layers of twill.
Modesty panel No back lacing protector, no front placket.
Busk Standard flexible busk, about 10 inches long.
Boning 26 bones (not including busk), 20 are 1/4″ wide spiral steel; 6 flat steels, 3/8″ wide, beside the busk and grommets.
Grommets 28 grommets total, size #0 two-part grommets with moderate flange; absolutely no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets even after 2 years of use.
Laces 1/2″ wide satin ribbon (not double-face). Experienced snapping of laces after 1.5 years; however extra laces are available for $3.50 US
Price Most underbusts are $99 USD when not on sale.

Final Thoughts:

This was my first (real!) purchased corset, and so it holds great sentimental value to me. Not only that, but even when I could cinch down to smaller sizes and styles (like my wasp-waist training corset from Bezerk), I still came back to this one because it gave such a flattering silhouette that was slim yet relatively natural-looking both over and under clothing (you can see the silhouette in my video; note that I can’t have possibly manipulated the silhouette by lacing it in a )( shape, especially because the green one is completely closed in the back). In the several years I’ve owned their corsets, I have never once had an issue with a bone poking through, a seam ripping, a grommet coming loose etc. These guys take their lifetime guarantee seriously.
For about two years I had been recommending this brand to people freely, expecting nothing in return. Nowadays I still recommend it – so much that I’ve become a distributor. How’s that for a positive review?