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Corset SNAFU!! How to Repair (Most) Corset Damage | Lucy’s Corsetry

November 21, 2019


[theme music] Hey, everybody. Some of you liked my previous video on whether you should alter your corset to make it fit you better, or just cut your losses. So I decided to make a part 2 on this where we talk about mending and repair. So let’s go into what you should do if your corset gets damaged. Let’s start with a ripped seam in the corset because that is the one that people tend to panic over. If it’s just the threads that have snapped and not the fabric itself that has torn or disintegrated, it’s very fixable. The quick and dirty way is just to whip stitch that seam back together by hand, and if you wish, you can cover that mending job by covering it in lace and you can make it symmetric on the other side to make it look deliberate. The mending process might take, say, 20 minutes, But give yourself extra time if you’ll be embellishing the corset afterwards. Another thing that you could probably do is add an external boning channel over that seam and, again, make it symmetric on the other side, or you can add external boning channels all around the corset if you want. That might take a couple of hours because you’ll have to be cutting the strips of the external boning channels and, you know, pressing them and then sewing them into place And, you know, taking the bones out and putting the back in in the entire corset. So give yourself a few hours for that. Now, if you want to mend the seam in a way that makes it look like the damage never happened in the first place, in a multiple layer corset, this is definitely more difficult because you’ll have to remove the binding, pretty much take apart the corset in that area, and put it back together. And whenever you are picking apart seams or removing seams there is a chance that the corset fabric can get damaged and not go back together the way exactly it was before. Especially if you are dealing with a non self-healing material like leather or vinyl. So if you have a bad tear in a corset, sometimes it is just easier to make a new one half of that corset as opposed to completely taking apart that damaged half of the corset and putting it back together again. The second corset damage we’re going to talk about are broken steel bones. This is like an easy peasy repair. You could just remove the binding on one end of the corset, remove that broken bone, measure the length of the entire bone, order a new one online, and then when it comes back in the mail, you know, replace that bone back into its boning channel, and sew the binding back on. That will take you just an hour tops, plus, you know, give yourself a few days or a couple of weeks waiting for that bone to arrive in the mail. Sometimes a steel bone doesn’t completely break, but it becomes really warped or bendy and sometimes you just don’t like the bones that came in a corset because they’re too flexible for you, or maybe not flexible enough. Well, in my previous video, I did talk about how you can curve the steel bones in the back of a corset if they’re not flexible enough for you. But if you would actually rather just completely replace those bones, you can absolutely replace them with you know stiffer ones, or more flexible ones depending on your preference. What you can also do for a really bendy back is that you can add more grommets in between the pre-existing grommets. Especially at the waistline where there’s the most tension. So that will definitely help, as well as tightening the boning channels if they’re too loose because if boning channels are really really too wide for the bones that they hold, it can sometimes allow the bones to just twist or completely twirl in the channel, which is not allowing it to do its job properly. So I have a video on replacing bones and a big article on what to do with the back of your corset is too bendy, so I’ll link those below. Now, it’s a little bit more complicated if you have a broken busk, and the most common busk damage is probably a knob or the pin popping off. That knob is basically a rivet that has been hammered into a tiny hole within the steel bone And so therefore it is possible to get a rivet setter and hammer that back in. I do have a tutorial on this but if you lost the knob or it’s just not staying in properly, you can try and get a little screw that somewhat matches the size of the other pins on your busk and you can screw it back into place and use that instead. So that is a pretty easy fix. You know, give yourself about an hour for it if you already have a rivet setter. Now, the corset that I had attempted this repair on was leather, so any pinprick leftover in the material would have just stayed there and would have been really visible. If this were a woven fabric, though, I could technically replace the busk. So what I would do for that situation is I would remove the binding and the anchoring seam, I would take out the broken busk, and I would replace it with a new busk. And I did not show this specific type of repair but I did show how I removed the busk in my “Cutting Down Your Corset” video. If you want to make your corset shorter, I actually show how to remove the busk and put the busk back in without taking out that center front seam So I do show that process. It’s just that you would be you know replacing it with a new, undamaged busk. I will say though is be careful because you can’t just buy any busk that’s the same length online. Your new busk has to be identical in length but also would be a number of loops and pins and the distribution of those loops and pins like the space between them otherwise they will not fit the holes and the seams that were originally put into the corset. And that is a bummer… and I know that from personal experience. If you cannot source a busk or it’s too expensive, – say you live in another country and you have to import it in – another thing that you can do is just get rid of the busk all together and you can either make a closed front corset or you can replace it with front lacing instead. So if you’re going to be completely getting rid of the busk, you know give yourself about I don’t know an hour. If you’re going to be replacing it with lacing, then give yourself probably about two hours because it takes a long time to put in the grommets. Now, what can you do with bones that have worn through a boning channel? Or they’re maybe they’re just starting to? If you just start to notice a tiny bit of wearing along the fabric, then you can floss the ends of the boning channel and that will prevent it from sliding around and can prevent further damage. And it’s also really pretty and you can you know add flossing to all the boning channels in your corset and make it look more deliberate. So give yourself, you know, say, I don’t know, between 5 and 15 minutes per flossing motif depending on your experience level and depending on how complicated the motif you choose If the bone has already worn a hole completely through the fabric, then you might need to add a patch or add external bloating channels to cover it up. Once again, you can add external boning channels throughout the entire corset to make it look more deliberate, but give yourself a couple hours to do that. So if you are going to be adding external boning channels to the entire corset to make it look more deliberate, and you know reinforce that material, then you will have to remove the binding on the top of bottom of the corset and remove all the bones anyways. So this is a good opportunity to take a look at the bones and make sure that they were tipped properly or they’re not sharp. And if they were incorrectly prepared, then you will have to spend some time you know grinding down to make sure the bones are smooth, and tip them properly, and then put them back in. So you would you know that would probably take another hour or so And the last damage we’re going to talk about is a grommet that has popped or fallen out. So if the grommet was just not set properly, and you can like you know pinch it and, you know, make it tighter, then that’s a super easy fix. But once the fabric around the grommet has become so frayed and damaged that the grommets are just falling out because the hole is too big, and you know it’s too loose, it’s not going to stay in no matter how tight you you press on it. And at that point, you have no choice but to reinforce the fabric of the grommet panel and/or use different grommets that are larger in the hole and have a wider flange. So if your corset originally had a size 00 hole, you’ll have to search for grommets that have a size 0 hole. If you have a corset that has size 0 grommets, you’ll probably have to replace it with a size 1 grommet, et cetera. The hardest part about this is sourcing your grommets and making sure that your grommet setter matches the grommet so that you know it sets them properly and doesn’t crush them. If you already have , you know, grommets and a setter on hand you don’t care about the grommets all being the same size, you just want to place that one or two grommets in the back that are falling out, then it’ll be like a 10 minute repair. Doesn’t really take a long time. But if you prefer to change all of the grommets in the back of your corset so that they all match, and reinforce the fabric within the grommet panel, give yourself a couple hours. You know, it’ll take about an hour to take pliers and remove all those grommets and another hour for putting your new grommets back in. Okay, so I think I’ve covered most or all of the most commons SNAFUs that can happen regarding damaging your corset and what you can do to fix it. If I have missed any, then leave a comment down below. If you have any questions or need clarification on any of these, leave a comment down below and I’d be happy to get back to you. I have linked appropriate videos and articles in the description below this video and you can see my playlist on corset modifications and alterations and repairs In the near future, I’ll be attempting probably the most complicated repair I’ve ever tried. It’s probably the most extensively damaged corset I have ever seen. I don’t know if you can see that because it’s a very stark white but it’s a huge rip in the fabric itself – of the fashion fabric. This is what my friend’s sample corset. It’s probably about 20 years old, so wish me luck on that! I will let you know how I get on. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you all in the next video. Bye. [Lucy smoochies]

17 Comments

  • Reply Charlea September 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I have an underbust where one of the bones seems to be just slightly too short for its channel. This makes it stick out at awkwardly at my hip. I just need the bone to sit further down in that channel. Is there anything I could do to easily fix that? If I pushed the bone down a bit in it's channel and sewed across the top would that be enough to hold the bone in place?

  • Reply Alexa Faie September 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Love all the suggestions for fixing up a corset. The timings it might take are a great idea, but make me a little sad as I'm far slower than most people at doing anything so can't imagine any of those tasks taking that little time to complete. I did a bit of decorative flossing (simple x pattern) on a couple of boning channels on a corset and that took me maybe 4hrs? Dunno if it's an ASD thing or just me, but if you are like me and slow at most things, don't worry if you start any of these corset fixing tasks and find it takes you double, triple or even quadruple (or more) the time quoted to complete. If you know that you are a slow writer (always feeling like you need extra time on test just to get the words down on the paper) then maybe consider giving yourself extra time to complete any corset fixes you need to do. ☺

  • Reply Leave it to Tegan September 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    would you ever consider making a video on how exactly to make a corset closed fronted instead of having a busk?

  • Reply Sarah Krol September 6, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Couldn't you also Put a Heavy duty Zipper in the front of a corset where the busk is broken?

  • Reply Casey Cronan September 6, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Good luck fixing the fashion fabric!

  • Reply honishugababibop September 6, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I love your videos. If you don't already have one, could you do a video on how to chose your first corset?

  • Reply Debbie Collington September 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    A really useful video. Thanks so much.

  • Reply MrsPhylpie September 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Are you losing more weight? Do you have a video on your weight loss?

  • Reply manjin Esp September 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Lucy as im seasoning my gemini, and it closes all the way comfertablly. What should i do

  • Reply Andrea Hidalgo Lujan September 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I loved the video! Lucy you are great, you manage to be educational and entertaining and it is greatly apreciated. Thank you for all the effort you put in.

  • Reply ellaisplotting September 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    This came at the perfect time! Me and my mum are just about to attempt to patch over the top of two back bones on my OC 426 which have worn straight through the fabric 🙂 any particular advice about repairing the fabric on the edge of the busk? That's worn through too in a small area and we weren't exactly sure on how to approach it.

  • Reply HappyHygienist September 13, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I literally just cannibalized a corset the other day because I didn't want to fix the 2 popped seams it came with and I never wear it. Also wanted a busk for a new corset I'm making and didn't feel like placing an order right now ; )

  • Reply Relic Raider September 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I have two questions what if you get a corset that doesn't come with a modestly panel how can you make one to work with it or with other corsets?
    And my last question my first corset was pretty cheap I bought it (from china yeah I know) I felt as if I paid for the steal boning rather than the corset itself. So my next question is although it didn't take long for it to get damaged I took it apart and kept the parts can I use the parts to make a new one? My best friend thought it was a good idea but I just wanted your opinion before I attempt making my first corset myself.

  • Reply Panya V. September 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Do you think it's possible to tighten the back boning channels [they're very wide and the bones are twisting and I'm getting ()] in my cotton corset without a sewing machine, i.e. sewing them by hand? Or would I just be setting myself up for bloody fingers?

  • Reply Heather Young October 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I have two corsets that I love but are too long. Is there any way to shorten the bottom or should I just sell them and get new ones?

  • Reply Dawn Tavares September 19, 2018 at 3:50 am

    My first and most comfortable corset fell prey to a teething puppy who managed to snag a dangling lace and pulled the entire body out of its safe storage place. When she had shredded the laces she discovered that she loved the taste of the leather right at the ends of the loop busk, probably because that's where Mommy's scent collects most. She nibbled off about two inches of binding and fabric off each horizontal edge.

    I'll use the damaged piece as a teaching tool in beginning corsetry classes, but I'd love to find a way to fix the damage so I can wear this corset again. I suspect it will be cheaper and ultimately faster to just wait until Orchard has a sale on this particular model and order a replacement. I'm just not ready to unpick all the seams and salvage the parts yet.

  • Reply angaweenie11 January 6, 2019 at 2:14 am

    I’m trying to repair my latex waist trimmer on one part it split can I fix it if yes how or am I sol and have to buy a brand new one

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