Corset Boning - Corset making supplies and haberdashery

Metal corset boning was invented by the Victorians - think of it as scaffolding.  The shape of a corset comes from the pattern of the corset and the fabric, and it is held in place smoothly by the bones.  Corset boning is made from sprung steel so that it maintains pressure over the body and keeps everything in shape.  
 

Flat steel boning is made from sprung steel - it does not buckle when you bend it (unless you bend it very hard obviously).  If you bend flat spring steel you will take the spring out of it and it then will not work properly.

Spiral wire boning for corsetry is made from two metal springs flattened and wedged together!  It is very flexible and makes a sharper nip at the waist than flat steels.  Different types of bones and different combinations of boning have different effects in corsetry.  

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