Most helpful positive review
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
from someone who knows corsets well
on October 25, 2014
The measurement of the XL when laced as tight a it will go is 29 1/2 inches. I needed it to go smaller than that so I will be buying another in a smaller size and keeping this one for wearing over costumes.
As far as I can tell, without cutting into it, it seems to really be spiral steel boning. I don't think the other reviewers know what they're talking about. Spiral steel boning is SUPPOSED to bend. It bends in ALL directions, which is how I know it is spiral steel and not plastic (which would only bend two ways). You can also feel the ridges of the spirals (upon close inspection only).
The boning in ANY corset is not meant to do anything other than keep the fabric from crumpling and riding up. It is the fabric itself that holds you in. People should do a little research before giving bad reviews. I will totally recommend this exact corset (and seller) to friends. It is very good quality for a RTW item. I've done a lot of research on corsets and this one is exactly what it claims to be. I do suggest replacing the lacing, the ribbion is just for looks, not durability. I also wish they would give the exact measurements of the corsets when laced all the way, I could have avoided getting the wrong size. I strongly suggest buyers research instructions for owning a corset (lacing, tying, breaking in, care...) Corsets are not the average clothing item, they require a little more responsibility on the owners part.