Surprise, surprise, the corseted waistocats do not live forever!
They are garments that are used frequently, for exercise, indoors and outdoors, and they do take quite a beating - especially due to its corset nature. The tension of the fabric, the friction of the boning - it all takes its toll in the long term.How long will depend on the frequency of use, care etc,
However, there are ways to prolong their lives - a careful maintanance and mindful can make quite a difference!
When needed, you can book the service for your waistcoat here.
Basic servce includes:
*re-flossing the bones as necessary
* replacing damaged binding as necessary ( if you want to upgrade yours to a leatherette ones, you can - just choose the relevant option! ( usually works great underarms if you find that's where the most wear is, but some folks like it all over)
*repairing a damaged channel or two ( if more than 3 , additional fee may apply)
*replacing damaged bones as necessary - of more than 3, additional fee may apply. Please bear in mind that bones do adapt to your body with wear, that is normal - only damaged on bones bent too much woudl need to be replaced.
additional services can include:
* Handwash - I am no laundress, and cannot offer miracles, but promise the thing will be given a gentle wash with mild detergent and dried naturally, before the bones are reinserted and the waistcoat is bound again.
* zip replacement - if broken
Prior Attire reserves the right to change or refuse the service requested if further repairs are necessary, or the item is too heavily damaged - in such cases the client will be contacted and other options discussed. If it turnes out that fewer repairs are needed, a discont will be issued.
*panel replacement - if a piece got torn along the seam ( happens when lacing too tight,... ) or in the middle of the piece ( also tight lacing is the culprit, but also catching it on something sharp when working etc, bramble branch etc), then the ntire piece will have to be exchanged.
Please allow up to 2 weeks for the work to be carried out.
Sometimes, wth the heavy use the waistcoat can be beyond saving - and it would simply be easier to get a new one. In that case, if you send your old one, you will get a £20 off the new model of the same size and style.
And if you don't need servicing yet - a few points to make sure the situation continues this way!
*wear your waistcoat for riding, not for grooming, stable cleaning etc - will make a lot of difference in cleanliness and lifespan! I actually leave mine on when saddling etc, but open - and zip up only in the last moment.
*Do not lace too tight - as it is mentioned in the product description, they are not tightlacing items. Lace enough to support 'your assets', but don't tighten too much - not only willit be reflected in quicker wear ( tighlacing corsets are made with sturdier fabrics), but you may also experience discomfort. So, tempting as it is, lace just enough to support. you may also consider a different size....
*washing - spot clean but try not too wash too often. They are not suposed to be worn on naked skin, so the shirts etc should soak up all the sweat. washing will be detrimental to its lifespan - so air a lot, spot clean when necessary, but avoid washing if you can.
*small repairs - the flossing at the end of the bones is to prevent them from poking out through the fabric. check the boning after every use ( or at least often) as if that thread breaks, the next time you wear it, the bone can poke through the fabric/ channel/ binding. if you can, simple refloss the bone, it doesn't have to be a masterpiece and two stitches can do the trick.