Boning widths with questions galore.

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Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Miss Cindy » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:52 pm

Well, I inadvertantly purchased 1/2" steel bones. I dug thru trying to find info on them, but little was to be had. Should I return them and get the 1/4" or will they be good? If I use them, do you suggest that I use only one bone per seam? Or would two still be okay? Since they are the width of the seam allowance, do I need to make the seam allowances a little larger?
I don't wish to make an uncomfortable corset.
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Heather » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:10 pm

If you can, you would be best off returning them and getting the 1/4" ones. You do use the 1/2" ones for Elizabethan outfits, but is it usually only 4 in the front of a bodice or corset to hold the smooth flat shape needed for the period. I think they would be pretty uncomfortable in the Victorian corset.
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Miss Cindy » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:36 pm

Thank you!
I read in one post that it might be okay to use the 1/2" at the center back by the grommets. Would that work for both sides of the back? By that I mean, the center back and the ties lay over it, then the next one forward which would be centered on piece #6. Not the next seam. Is that logical?
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Heather » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:38 pm

If you lace the center back perfectly even, you will be fine. But if your gap changes, you can end up with a bow that twists the bone, and then one edge may dig into your back. This happens on a small scale with 1/4" boning and it can be very painful. The 1/2" would be worse I think.
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Miss Cindy » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:08 am

Better to be safe, than sorry! Got it!
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby LidiaBest » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:44 pm

I used 1/2 inch stays in the back of my corset and it was awful! It forced my spine to be very unnaturally straight and after a few hours it was painful.
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Miss Cindy » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:44 am

Thank you, Miss Lidia! I ordered the correct size, so I won't be using the 1/2".
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Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Postby Amphigorey » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:49 pm

Hm, interesting! I always use 1/2" bones on either side of the grommets. I find that they prevent too much bowing out, and I've never had comfort problems there. I wouldn't use 1/2" anywhere else on a Victorian, but they work well in my experience for the grommets.

...actually that's not true. I also sometimes put shorter 1/2" bones on either side of the busk partway up the front for more bust support. I don't do it with every corset, though.

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