National Corset Day – Corset Review

 

Hi all, Happy National Corset Day! I was fortunate and received an invite for a Corset Review. Here is the lovely black under the bust Corset that I am reviewing today.

I cannot model this beauty as unfortunately. Although I measured for it and observed the size suggestions on this beauty, it came too small. I ordered according to my size and measurements, but the measurements and size chart appear to be off. And here I thought that the sizing, being XL sounded too big, since in ladies tops I wear a medium or if tight around the chest and not stretchy I then wear a large to compensate for my bust.  With this corset I didn’t need to worry about the bust, just the under-bust measurement, waist and for the heck of it I measured the hips, though the Corset doesn’t go to my hips at all, as it rests just above the hip.

Anyway, I promised Tmart and the wonderfully patient people there, that I would run a review for them and so here it is.

Tmarts Black under bust satin corsetCorset Review:

The Corset came packaged in an large envelope and at first I was worried as to how it held up in shipping. Opening it up, the quality of the Corset and the panty that came with it was, to my surprise, even more lovely than the pictures on their website! The Corset held up just fantastic in shipping as the boning was not brittle and there were no breaks of the boning to be found.

Upon examining the product for this Corset Review, I found the stitch-work on this Corset was fantastic and the quality of the satin material is nice and thick. This Corset is perfect for a sweet deal such as the prices are at Tmart. The Corset is beautifully lined. The boning is sewn into the Corset secure. Upon feeling above the boning there are no sharp edges to poke you while wearing this beauty. The front closures of the corset lock nicely, upon inspection.

Marked Waist Area to properly lace up
Before trying to add to the original ribbon with some of mine, I unlaced the corset and marked (with lace) the area that the cinching loop should be on the corset. The area marked is where my waist is in the corset.

I tried to get into the corset and realized that, even after loosening the lacing, the area where you cinch the corset up (would be the waist area, ideally) was too high up. And that the corset, although fully loosened needed to have more ribbon as the corset is too small. Both of these things mean that I had to relace the corset to get the best corsetry size wise (to compensate for the rib cage area) and so I can set the loops (that you pull to tighten the corset) at the proper waist line area.

My Recommendations, with this Corset:

1: For better lacing, that won’t slip when more tightly cinched (the satin ribbon does slip and sites online will even tell you that for serious lacing, you need to get away from the ribbon for lacing). The alternative lacings, to replace the satin ribbon, do tend not to be as pretty as the satin lacing is. So for decorative over-wear and for light corseting, go with this lovely lace… or how about a contrasting lace to go with the outfit underneath. Red satin would be fun, don’t you think?

Using Poly Satin Ribbon scortch cut edge2: If you change your lacing or need to add to it, do a search online and find out how to properly lace up your corset. This is my favorite How To Lace a Corset post (I found this after I realized I was lacing mine wrong). If you decide to go with some additional satin ribbon to lace up your corset, use a match or lighter and scorch the end of the ribbon so that the ribbon doesn’t fray on you.

Mariah realized the corset lacing was wrong
Oops, while re-lacing the corset with extra satin ribbon, I realized I had it all wrong. And to top it off, this is as far as I could get lacing it as my hands and arms are bad.

3: If you don’t have help cinching up the corset, look online for some nice videos that show you how to self cinch the corset. There are some great instructions that you will find online

I love the fact that this Corset has nice flexible boning in it. When I tried it on (without the laces done up correctly), I didn’t notice the boning coming out of any seams (like some not well made corsets may have), nor did the boning poke at me anywhere. The boning is flexible yet strong enough to help hold you beautifully when you cinch the Corset up.

When ordering a Corset through Tmart, I do recommend that you go up a size, if your measurements are on the upper side of the measurement table, as the items are made a bit small. This way you may actually wear this beautiful Corset as a ready to wear item, without changes.

I am so sorry that I cannot model this for you, as it doesn’t fit… and saddened that I cannot currently wear the corset.

Would I recommend Tmarts Corsets?

Yes I would! What I love about many of their offerings is that they could easily go above or under your clothing! The quality of the corset is much better than I expected for a product that is so reasonably priced!

My only disappointment, is a big one for me, but a lesson learned that I can pass on to you… It was just the wrong size, so please listen to my advice as to measuring for the corset, if you are at the upper part of the measurement chart for your sizing, please just go up one size and I bet your corset will arrive ready to wear right out of the mailbox! 🙂

I thank Tmart for being so patient and for intrusting me with the review of their corset.

 

 

Disclaimer:  I, Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a corset for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Tmart and me.

 

 

2 thoughts on “National Corset Day – Corset Review”

  1. Very nicely done Mariah, your review of the Tmart corset was very informative. Since we moved I need to see if there are any Renfestivals local to this area! We always had a wonderful time seeing all of the traditional wear and something from Tmart might go well. 🙂

    1. I too love to dress up for the Renfest, this is why I chose this item from Tmart to review. Now if only I knew it ran small, even with the rib cage measurement, now I know and I will invest in another one, in time, to dress in and review! 🙂

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