Did I Just Ruin My Corset? Corset Lifespan & Repairs

Did I Just Ruin My Corset? Corset Lifespan & Repairs

Damaging your corset can be scary! What are you to do when a mishap occurs? Is your corset ruined? Good news – probably not!

 Corset: Pop Antique " Valentine " | Top & Skirt: Pop Antique | Model: Ulorin Vex | Photo © S H Photo

Corset: Pop Antique "Valentine" | Top & Skirt: Pop Antique | Model: Ulorin Vex | Photo © S H Photo

There are several types of common repairs. Some of them are much easier to fix than others. Always try talk to the corsetmaker who made your corset before attempting a home repair, or contracting someone else to do so. Certain types of damage may even be covered by your warranty. Don't forget that an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure! Follow my tips on The Lingerie Addict – Corset Care 101: What to Do While Wearing a Corset.

  • A popped busk stud can be one of the scariest issues. Even the best manufacturers may occasionally let slip a faulty busk. If you've been taking pains to unlace properly before unfastening your busk, then that may well be the case. The bad news is, replacing a busk is one of the hardest repairs for a maker to do. The good news is, if only one stud has come off, you can still keep wearing your corset.
  • If your binding is starting to wear out (especially around the corners, or around your bra's underwire, it's very easy to replace. The only challenge may be matching the fabric if the corsetmaker no longer has the same one.
 Corset: Pop Antique " Bombshell " | Model: Nicole Simone | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Corset: Pop Antique "Bombshell" | Model: Nicole Simone | Photo © Alyxander Ryan

  • Snapped a bone? Not to worry, it's an easy fix. If it's a flat, you might want to consider switching to spirals to prevent a repeat. That which bends is less likely to break – the flexibility of a spiral bone can be a structural advantage. You can also ask your corsetiere about other reinforcement options, and see if user error (such as overlacing) is a contributing factor.
  • If you've got a bone that's poking through the fabric of the body, it can be fixed in several ways. You can reinforce the area, for example with external bone casings or flossing. Alternatively, you can cut down the corset (swapping out the bone for a shorter one) so that the binding will cover the worn spot.
 Corset: Dark Garden " Dollymop Underbust " | Model: Khadijah | Photo © Joel Aron

Corset: Dark Garden "Dollymop Underbust" | Model: Khadijah | Photo © Joel Aron

  • Similarly, if there are holes in the fabric or popped seams, it may fixable with external bone casings, lace appliqué or other detailing.
  • If you've popped a grommet, it's much easier to fix than a popped busk stud. This is common where the back of the corset is too thick, for example with some types of leather or lacing bones. Grommet sizes and colors are pretty well standardized, and home grommet setting kits are cheap.
 Corset:  Wedding corset collaboration  between  Pop Antique ,  Dark Garden ,  Sparklewren ,  Karolina Laskowska ,  Neon Duchess , and  Laurie Tavan  | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

Corset: Wedding corset collaboration between Pop Antique, Dark Garden, Sparklewren, Karolina Laskowska, Neon Duchess, and Laurie Tavan | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

  • Should your lacing snap, this is one of the easiest fixes of all. Just get some new lacing – double faced poly-satin ribbon works extremely well – and find a tutorial for your preferred lacing style. Replace and relace.
  • If your corset needs to be taken in, this is a tricky one. It depends on several factors, such as the shape and distribution of the corset, as well as its construction methods. Sometimes corsets can be taken in evenly down the center back, or darts can be added to take in the ribs or hips while leaving the waist measurement intact.

These are the most common repair concerns for corsets. As you can see, few are dire, especially with an experienced and skilled corsetiere. Always talk to your corsetmaker first about alterations or repairs before taking your corset to someone else.

What other questions do you have about corset care and repair?