This type of corset is essential in creating the curvy silhouette, typical of the Victorian era. It creates the small waist/rounded hip profile, and forms the basis for all kinds of Victorian attire across the social strata. All our bodices are cut to fit the silhouette created by a corseted body.
Unlike our Bare Basic corsetry line, this model is a step up - exterior channels were a popular, fully authentic construction technique and the flossing is more elaborate too. It also sports more boning that the Basic range - the channels are double boned.
This particular model is cut to an authentic Symington collection pattern, with corded bust detail and a double width busk.
The artificial whalebone is the closest to the original whalebone, and it is much lighter than the steel - but still great at support!
* made in quality herringbone coutil - light, sturdy and breathable fabric used extensively in the period.
*decorative exterior channels in same fabric ( cut on a different gain for a more striking look) for double boning
*strong stainless steel busk
* bust pannels corded with cotton cord ( period feature)
* bones flossed with contrasting threads in waxed silk.
*boned with a mix of flatbones (back panel) and artificial whalebone
*back lacing eyelets with washers
* decorative waist tape
*edges bound in cotton bias tape
* laced with a cotton cord
* decorative cotton lace with a velvet ribbon
Measurements - the corset closes at:
bust - 42" ( 107cm)
Waist - 30" (76cm)
hip - 42" (107cm)
side ( waist to the underarm edge) 6.5" (16cm)
Would best suit a very curvy size 14-16, with a natural waist of 34-36", chest 42-45, hip 44-47 . Here shown on a padded dummy
All our Victorian corsets have the standard 2 inches waist reduction built in – the reduction will vary from person to person depending on the lady’s built and body type. Please measure carefully – your actual waist measurement should be at least 3 inches more than the waist measurement of the corset.
The corset doesn't need to close - a gap at the back is perfectly normal, allowing a greater range of sizes to be worn.
The hip should not be too tight - best measure yours when sitting. A corset with a hip fitting very snuggly when standing, can be uncomfortable to sit in!
If you are at a loss as to what to look out for when shopping for corsets and how to check if they fit once you have bought one, this guide will help!
If you are interested with a corset with more or less reduction, please contact us asking for a bespoke order – more information on ordering in the Bespoke section
Bespoke corsets in this style start from £400
Please note that wearing an incorrect size or incorrect use of a corset might result in health issues. Corsets can be beneficial in certain conditions - but detrimental in others, so if you have a back/ spine/rib condition please check with your doctor prior to purchasing one. A well fitted corset should feel like a hug and should not cause any discomfort.
If you need a corset to help with any issues, please consult and order bespoke with a profesional medical corsetiere who would be able to design the amount of support suitable to your needs.
It is recommended that only ladies over 18 years old wear and buy corsets.
Prior Attire will not be liable for any medical issues caused by incorrect fit or incorrect/prolonged wearing etc of our corsets.