I have orginally desiged the waistcoats for myself, for horse riding, as due to costochonditis I was unable to wear sports bra for a longer periods of time. Bras were not an option - but my usual riding corset worked great and I was able to spent hours in the saddle without any discomfort.
The riding waistcoats are a hybrid: a traditional waistocoat with a riding corset combined to provide female riders with a comfortable wear.
The waistocoat does give a nice smooth silhouette, but does not constrict the waist as much as traditional corsets - just enough to support the garment and the wearer. The tight fit and boning as well as higher front keeps the 'assets' in check, provide gentle back support and shaping.
This particular waistcoat is made in tartan patterned cotton ( black watch) mounted over cotton coutil strendght layer.
*2 layer construction for the front - check cotton and cotton coutil strength layer; strong corsetry coutil for the back.
* boned with a mixture of flat and spring steel boning
* strong corsetrey zip up the front, and a full length lacing at the back allows for regulation
* elastic inserts at the hip, armpit and shoulder provide more freedom of movement
* bound in cotton binding - easy to replace when worn.
* waist stay for strength and support
*bones are flossed with strong thread to prevent poking out
the waistcoat closes at:
chest:35.5" ( some leeway due to the elastic)
hip:37" ( some leeway due to the elastic)
length ( armpit to waist) 6.5"
The lacing can be either meeting at the back or worn with the gap ( up to 2-3 inches recommended). Will suit best natural waists from 31-33" and chest 38-41"
Please be aware that in order to support things well, this garment needs to be tight - and your boobs will be flattened out. That doesn't mean however that it should be uncomfortable - if you experience any pain or discomfort during your first wear, it it a sign the waistcoat does not fit correctly.
I recommend the waitcoat to be worn a few times - like most corsets, it needs to adjust to your body and settle :-) you may find that after a few outings you will be able to lace it a bit tighter:-)
The are best worn with soft cotton bralettes/ bras, on top of a shirt.
Please bear in mind, they are not medical items for figure correction etc - not only wearing a badly fitted corset can cause harm if you have an existing condition, but also, our corsetds are not made for a day in and out use. Sturdy, yes, as much as a regular clothing, but medical corsets designed for constant use are made from very different materials that can take the strain of a daily use.
Bespoke orders are accepted as well, please be aware that you will be required to attend 1-2 fittings and that the price will be much higher that the off the peg items. We are usually booked up at least 6-12 months in advice, so there may be some wait too!