Corsets with Fan-Lacing

Two variations of metal sliders for fan-lacing (suppied by Vena Cava Design)
Two variations of metal sliders for fan-lacing (suppied by Vena Cava Design)

Fan lacing may also be referred to as “Camp” lacing, “Cross” lacing, or “Cluster” lacing. Fan-laced corsets are relatively rare today, but they can be useful for those who have limited strength or dexterity. Fan-laced corsets differ from ‘regular’ corsets by their utilization of metal slides (usually, but not always!). These slides have grommet-like small holes on one end through which the laces are secured, and an adjustable serrated slot which grabs securely onto a grosgrain tape or belt. This allows the wearer to tighten their corset the same way that they would adjust a bra strap; simply by pulling on a pair of belts on either side of the lacing panel. For those who are unable to reach behind them and ‘pluck’ the individual X’s of the laces, a fan-laced corset may be just the trick for quickly and easily adjusting one’s own corset; for those with disabilities who use corsets for medical purposes, the use of fan lacing can contribute to one’s independence when dressing oneself. For those who would like a fan-laced corset as a fashion statement, you will find this page useful as well. Scroll down to see a gallery of corset makers who are experienced with making fan-laced corsets!

*Corset makers: if you have made fan-laced corsets and would like to be included in the gallery, please submit your best photo to my email here with a 1-sentence description and your website URL. Safe-for-work photos are preferred! Thank you!*

Corsets with Functional Fan Lacing
Corsets with Faux or Decorative Fan Lacing
Corset Fan Lacing Tutorials
Honorable Mentions (makers that are retired/on hiatus)

 

Functional Fan-Lacing:

The following corsets employ fan lacing to actually tighten and loosen the corset, rather than being used simply for embellishment. Scroll down the page if you’d like to see corsets which simply use fan-lacing for embellishment.

Stunning functional fan-lacing on a plum colored overbust corset by Lace Embrace Atelier (BC, Canada)

 

Medical fan-laced shoulder brace by Lace Embrace Atelier (BC, Canada); allowed to be worn separately or in conjunction with an underbust corset as the wearer needs.

 

Sheer mesh corset with colorful boning channels and fan lacing by The Bad Button (KY, USA).

 

Nemuro Corsets (Russia) fan-laced cream overbust with rat-tail lacing. Any commissioned corset of hers can be converted to have fan lacing for a surcharge.

 

Kiss Me Deadly (UK) Fan Laced Cincher made by Lou Watson Lingerie

 

Ribbon cincher made with white satin ribbon and white dupioni silk, finished with functional fan lacing, juxtaposing lightweight construction and industrial function.

 

Miss Katie Corsets (UK) “Jade” underbust, Modeled by @fabulouslyabulous

 

“Queen of the Night Sky” gorgeous pearl-encrusted, mesh-paneled, fan laced overbust corset with ruffly garters, made by Fuillemorte Couture & Costumery (Germany)

 

Vollers Corsets in the UK introduced their ready-to-wear fan-lacing corsets in 2016, including their Majestic underbust (above, $330) and their Candy overbust ($257).

 

Pip & Pantalaimon (UK) Fan Laced Cincher – their corsets are primarily lightweight fishnet with a variety of ribbon lacing colour options.

 

PureOne Corset Works in Japan has an entire line of fan-laced corsets in various styles. This one features unique back lacing panels with four rows of grommets.

 

Screenshots from a video by Kiku Corset Boutique (UK) of their fun Rainbow Peacock Fan Laced Corset with feather embroidery.

 

Fan-laced medical-inspired corset by Contessa Gothique Design in Croatia
Fan-laced medical-inspired corset by Contessa Gothique Design in Croatia

 

Wyte Phantom (UK) Pinstripe corset with contrasting rainbow ribbon fan lacing and rainbow binding.

 

Dark Garden (San Francisco, USA) custom Victorian underbust with
Dark Garden (San Francisco, USA) custom Victorian underbust with “cross-lacing.”

 

Dark Muse Corsetry (Australia) Peach Brocade Fan Lacing Corset

 

Alice Corsets in Ukraine made this beautiful pristine fan-laced corset in muted colours.

 

Crimson Rose Corsetry (Colorado, USA) Purple fan laced corset with 6 pull tabs and front swing hook closures as part of a wedding ensemble.

 

Lovely Rat's Quality Custom Clothing (Texas, USA) made this cute and feminine "meta corset", a fan-laced corset with printed corset fashion fabric.
Lovely Rat’s Quality Custom Clothing (Texas, USA) made this fan-laced corset with printed corset fashion fabric and sweet baby-pink ribbon.

 

Chameleon Couture (UK) will convert any of your corsets into a fan-laced corset for a $70 surcharge.

 

Jem Corsets (UK) Fan Laced Underbust in silver and lilac cherry blossom brocade with contrasting plum panels and trim.

 

A gorgeous fan-laced corset made by Ivy's Custom Corsetry in the USA.
A gorgeous black-lace embellished fan-laced corset made by Ivy’s Custom Corsetry in the USA.

 

Twilight Siren Corsetry (UK) simple black fan-laced cincher.

 

Whitelane Textiles Fan Laced Bunnysuit Corset with muted mushroom-colored silk and black lace embellishment (this sample is for sale!)

 

Whitelane Textiles red lace-embellished fan laced corset. Model @lucyluxepinup Photographer @camattreephoto Fabrics by @wearethefabricstore

 

Dark Knits Boutique in Edmonton, AB Canada offers custom overbust fan-laced corsets ($344 CAD)
Dark Knits Boutique in Edmonton, AB Canada offers custom overbust fan-laced corsets ($344 CAD)

 

AusAsche on Etsy has made this smart-looking men's fan-laced corset. (USA)
Tyler’s Fibers on Etsy has made this smart-looking men’s fan-laced corset. (USA)

 

Currently the only functional fan-lacing budget OTR corset in the industry, Corset Deal has recently released this Calantha corset, made to order for $99 USD. Click the photo to see their whole fan lacing selection.

 

Tailor of Two Cities is a costuming company in Oklahoma USA, which is experienced in making various types of corsets.

 

Fan-laced custom underbust corset made by SparkleyJem in the UK (£180)
Fan-laced custom underbust corset made by SparkleyJem in the UK (£180)

 

Wild Rose Corsetry (Canada) Fan-Lacing Corset Youth Brace “Kendal2”

 Decorative Fan Lacing:

The following corsets have a fan-lacing embellishment, but their use is not imperative to the actual function of the corset. Faux fan lacing can have a stunning effect on corsets, especially when contrast laces are used.

Lace Embrace Atelier (BC, Canada) faux fan laced underbust corset worn by actor Carla Gugino in her role as Madam Gorski in the film Sucker Punch.

 

V-Couture in Germany has made this decorative fan-laced overbust with 4 non-adjustable slides.

 

Decorative fan-laced overbust by Boom! Boom! Baby! Boutique in the UK, modelled by Twig (£140).
Decorative fan-laced overbust by Kirsteen Wythe Costumier (formerly Boom! Boom! Baby! Boutique) in the UK. Model: Twig.

 

Gorgeous silver underbust with decorative fan lacing, by Atelier Sylphe (France)
Gorgeous silver underbust with decorative fan lacing, by Atelier Sylphe (France). Sylphe no longer takes commissions but still creates and sells samples in a variety of styles and sizes.

 

While fan-lace sliders were not utilized here, Anachronism in Action (USA) gets an honorable mention for her amazing fan-lace-like embellishment in this ensemble.
While fan-lace sliders were not utilized here, Anachronism in Action (USA) gets an honorable mention for her amazing fan-lace-like embellishment in this ensemble.

 

Corset Deal Edwardian Steampunk Mesh Overbust Corset with Decorative Fan-Lacing, $80

Fan Lacing Tutorials

The following tutorials show how to lace / relace a corset with pre-existing fan-lacing sliders, how to convert regular-laced stays into fan-laced stays, and how to make fan-laced stays from scratch:

Tutorial by American Duchess on how to convert regularly-laced 1830s regency stays into fan-laced stays.

 

Tutorial by Sidney Eileen on how to easily create your own pull tabs for fan-laced Regency stays, which is period-accurate (before they had metal sliders).

 

Step-by-step pictorial by Serindë (way back on LiveJournal) on how to lace up a fan-laced corset with metal sliders.

 

Vlog by Enchanted Rose Costumes on how to make 1790s transitional stays with fan lacing.

 

~Honorable Mentions~

 

This contemporary fan-lacing corset by Lovesick Corrective Apparel in Canada also incorporates shoulder straps / waistcoat design.

 

This gorgeous fan-aced corset was apparently made by
This gorgeous fan-laced corset was apparently made by “CorsetWonderland” on Etsy, but unfortunately further information could not be found on it.

 

Fan-laced underbust made by Jill of the Romantasy team in USA, $390.

 

Fan-laced underbust corset by Serindë Corsets (France)
Fan-laced underbust corset by Serindë Corsets (France). Serindë no longer takes custom commissions but does sell corset samples on a very limited basis.

 

Cicatrix Design (New Mexico, USA) is another talented corset maker who has unfortunately been inactive recently, but still shares pictures of her lovely designs.

 

BattieClothing in the UK has made this oxblood faux-leather underbust with non-functional fan-lacing (£260).
Oxblood faux-leather underbust with non-functional fan-lacing (£260) by BattieClothing in the UK. BattieClothing has since rebranded and now sells Gothic Home Décor & Replica Bird Skulls instead of corsets.

 

*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company on this list. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres for more information about their fan-laced corsets. This page may contain affiliate links which help keep these galleries online and free for everyone to use.

14 thoughts on “Corsets with Fan-Lacing

  1. Hey Lucy! I’m the one that ordered the fan lacing overbust by Nemuro Corsets. I am sad to say I had a really bad experience with the corset and Evgeniya’s customer service left a lot to be desired and I can’t in good faith recommend her for fan lacing corsets at the very least. In short, I ordered fan laced overbust that provided 3-4″ of waist reduction and she expressed no reservations, made it seem like it was totally possible. The mockup came and it mostly fit ok but didn’t test the fan lacing at all, which was odd considering it’s her first time doing fan lacing and it’s important to test and make sure it works early on in the process. Then the final product came and it looked way cheaper than in the photo: half the bones were plastic (I don’t think it was synthetic whalebone), no waist tape, the fabric wasn’t fused together at all, it definitely looked more like a fashion piece or a mockup than one suitable for tightlacing. The construction looked like it cut corners and for €250 it should not be that cheaply made. I’m not expecting Dark Garden quality, but frankly it was much worse quality than my Restyle overbust, which cost €50.

    Most importantly, the fan lacing mechanism was not properly put on the corset and was useless! The ribbon wasn’t anchored on the front of the corset. It was just a pull and tie type which only may work for regency stays or fashion pieces and I think would not be good for the corset because tying laces around the waist wears the fabric down. When I complained, she acted like I was the problem and made unreasonable requests for this commission even though she never expressed any concerns during the process and knew what I wanted all along. Paying customers should not be guinea pigs. She never admitted her mistake in doing the fan lacing wrong for this type of corset.

    The corset and specifically the fan lacing was not fit for purpose and therefore when I contacted her I asked for a refund, I had no choice. I couldn’t see the corset lasting under pressure from lacing it moderately tight. It already looked a bit worn and strained around the waist. When I tried putting it on and tightening it the bottom two busk pins came undone. Not acceptable.

    I don’t say this to be rude to Evgeniya or to slate her work. But I think people should be aware because people who use fan lacing corsets often have physical disabilities and I don’t think it’s responsible for her to market her attempt at it being a success – someone could have gotten injured from that poorly done fan lacing (my husband pulled a muscle and heard a pop in his shoulder from trying to pull the fan lacing slides). Perhaps her work is good for people who use corsets for fashion or can use regular lacing, but that wasn’t my experience.

    1. Hi A.M., thank you for sharing your experience so thoroughly, so that others can make an educated decision on whether or not to work with Evgeniya in the future.

  2. Hi Lucy, do you have any thoughts on Pip & Pantalaimon’s corset line? Also, I notice that the Corset Deal says that it is the only functional fan-lacing OTR corset in the industry – is that still the case, or do you consider the Vollers ones functional as well?
    Thank you so much for your website, what a gem!

    1. Hi Rosie, thanks for introducing me to Pip & Pantalaimon – I was not familiar with their corsets before now, but they do look to have functional fan-lacing systems! I will add this and others to the gallery soon, but just at a first glance the style looks to be similar to Orchard Corset’s CS-201 mesh corset, just with fan lacing added.
      I’ve been hard at work updating all the galleries but only have time to focus on one per week, and the project is a huge undertaking that will take about 6 months total to complete. Your patience is appreciated!

  3. Vollers introduced a beautiful fan corset in 2017 (perhaps earlier). They call it the Majestic and you can view it on the Vollers website.

    1. Hi Melina, it’s been added to the gallery now. :) Thanks for your tip!

  4. I broke my back in 1969 when I was 15. I was fitted with a camp back brace and have had to wear it on and off ever since. I have been back brace dependent for the last 4 months — my old faithful back brace fell apart and I had to have a new one made. Since then I’ve taken the parts off my old one and made a black one and it is brilliant. But, where can I get the camp pulls? I’d really like to make another one — it was fun. But I’m out of hardware! Can you help?
    I live in Toronto, Canada.

    1. Hi Judy, I have found some fan lacing sliders at Vena Cava Design in the UK. I’ve looked at all the other corset supply shops and I think this is the only place that still stocks them! Hope this helps.

  5. Can a normal laced corset be coverted to a fan lace? I have issues lacing myself and my partner near has a heart attack from doing the corsets up on me so being able to covert my collection would be so helpful!

    1. Hi Kristen, I haven’t personally tried to convert a regular-laced corset into a fan-laced one, but talking to another corsetiere, she says probably no. The “waist tape” or “belt” portion that anchors the laces has to be very strong and anchored in very securely; typically right through the whole corset itself. So to convert a regular corset to a fan-lacing one, a lightly-sewn-on anchor would carry the risk of ripping right out, and a properly anchored belt might be, well, very ugly.

      1. Ah never mind. I will have to start adding new fan laced corsets to my collection :)

  6. Looks so complicated!

    1. It can be a tad tricky to make/ set up, Dorothy, but as long as the laces stay untangled, fan-lacing is a breeze to use! I have some functional fan-lacing on a girdle, and a decorative fan-lacing detail on one of my Serindë corsets, and once you get the hang of it, it’s almost 2nd nature. The only downside is that it’s not the smoothest under clothing.

  7. Oh GOD.. How I LOVE these!!!

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