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Custom mid-bust Victorian corset made for client American Duchess. Corset is broche/spot coutil, with external casings. Internal structure includes a waist-tape, and ¼" spiral and flat steels. Decorative features include white cotton lace, silk/cotton satin binding, and white grommets and lacing. Lining is 100% linen to help wick away moisture.

Serious talk about wearing corsets that are too small:

I wore an midbust Elizabethan corset at a re-enactment event yesterday for about twelve hours. When you’re used to corsets, twelve hours is nothing; that wasn’t the problem. The problem is that I’ve gained some weight since I made the corset I wore, but I figured if I laced it a little looser than normal, that it would compensate for it. I was wrong.

If you can’t tell because of the potato-quality of my camera phone, that’s a bruise under my arm, where the side of the corset dug into my skin. I didn’t notice it at the time because most of my torso was compressed.

This is why you have to wear corsets that fit. Because tight-lacing and waist-training, even with their many, many benefits, can cause injury if done improperly. I should have known better and worn a newer-made corset for my changed body, but sometimes the best way to learn a lesson is to make a mistake, and boy did I. It hurts like a bitch. I won’t be doing that again.

I reiterate:WEAR CORSETS THAT FIT PROPERLY. NOT DOING SO CAN INJURY YOU.