If you’ve worn a corset you know it….
THAT LINE! That horrible, awful line. That ridge that sticks out in front of you like a power boat pushing through the water creating a wall of water around its bow. It’s nearly as bad as obvious hoop lines.
So what can you do next time to avoid this from happening? Try these 3 tips.
1. The Corset is Too Tall
One primary cause of a corset ridge around the bust line is because the corset is too tall for the person wearing it. The top is cut straight around and is generally a good cut, but that edge comes too much up past the bust apex and doesn’t curve back around the curvature of the flesh.
Now, we see loads of original corsets, and even have modern reproduction patterns, that allow for the front of the corset to come up over the bust – higher than the apex. And this is ok.
But if that corset is made to cover some of the top of the bust then it better curve close to the body. If it doesn’t – Corset Ridge City!
The solution here is 1) to make sure that curve at the very top is in fact a curve to hug the bust, or 2) cut the top of the corset down to where it ends *at* apex level. (This may be adjusted slightly higher or lower depending on how your particular body is shaped.)
2. The Corset is Too Big
Toothpaste. That’s what happens when a corset is worn. Your body becomes like toothpaste in a rigid tube. If that tube is too tight the paste (flesh) gets pushed out the end (top and bottom of corset). This, within reason of course, is what we want as it helps give the hourglass silhouette.
However, if the corset is too big around the top of the figure the flesh merely sits in the binding with no tightness to help give that lift. The bust falls down into the corset instead of being held up in place.
This is the second major cause of a corset ridge. To fix this, the corset panels need to be smaller around the entire corset. Keep them small enough to hold the flesh in place, but large enough to not produce “spillage” (a whole other issue!).
3. Wear a Corset Cover
A final solution if you simply cannot alter your corset just yet is to wear a corset cover. Depending on your time period, they can be plain like a simple under bodice, or fancy with ruffles and trim to support the silhouette.
This isn’t the end-all solution but will assist enough that you don’t feel like that power boat on the lake.
Have you discovered other solutions to hiding a corset ridge line? Or perhaps you’ve utilized these tips before and noticed a difference. Tell us your experience below.