Great tips for stealthing Marta! I've been recently looking closely at the top edge of cinchers and how I can smooth that interface with the body by adding little stretchy gores in different places to make the fit a bit more snug. They seem to work at the back well, but not at the side - the flesh 'settles' into the gore so you get a double bump! Interesting to read about you wearing a girdle under the corset to smooth things out. When I was trying on my 'gored' cincher I happened to be wearing a bra with a large band and when I pulled it over the top of the cincher the silhouette was perfect. It would be great to design a bra that somehow extended (and attached) over the top of the top edge of a corset smoothing out that interface....another project for me at some point!
I have seen vintage (1940s-60s?) long-line bras that were meant to do exactly this sort of thing, hook onto a girdle. There would be three or so short elastic straps with a hook at the end coming down from the waist, one at centre front and two at the sides. These would hook into a corresponding short bit of ribbon sewn horizontally on the girdle. I haven’t seen the same kind of flat metal hook for sale, but maybe something like a regular skirt hook would work – although those are much wider and would need to be sewn on; the old style hooks had a slot the strap was looped through.
I must have a look at them Thank you for the comment ?
Thsnk you my dear Caroline I actually wear the girdle over the corset. I have one that is really sturdy and shapes the figure well. It smooths the edge of the corset.
As for using elastic gores- I also thought of that especially after browsing through Marion McNealy''s book. There is a corset with top front elastic parts.
I'm waiting for your next project. Such a bra would be my life saver!
Great article! I've made several corsets for stealthing, and with one of them, i was in a rush to wear it, that I didn't have a chance to bind it! I didn't want the edges to totally fray, though, so I serged the top and bottom edges, and did a few rows of super tiny stitches over the serging. That was over three years ago, and I confess that I still haven't gotten around to applying the binding... But the serging is still holding up strong, and has a *very* low profile!! So for personal corsets in particular, this may be an option worth considering!
I love this idea Andi Will have to try it one day.
Great article and equally great questions. I have an additional question...If you do not have a front busk and live alone how do you get into this stealth corset?
Thank you for your kind words.
I always put in my corsets myself. The key is long laces. You just put it through your head and then tighten the laces as usual. Mirror is really useful then. ?