Featured Corset: Dita Black Leather Corset, Leather double steel boned underbust corset
Hi everybody. Today I’m going to be reviewing the Leather Dita Underbust Corset made by Glamorous Corset. So here’s the front, the side, the back, and the other side. When I took the measurements straight out of the box, the length was a touch longer than the measurements on the website. So what I got was the center front was 12 and ¾ inches. At the princess seam it’s 10 and ½ inches. About five and ½ inches is from the waist up, and five inches from the waist down. At the side seam here it’s ten inches as well, and in the center back it’s quite long at 13 inches. For the circumferential measurements, today I’m wearing the size 22, so it would be 22 inches laced closed. The underbust measured 29 inches, and the high hip also measured 29 inches. So because my high hip is closer to 32 inches, I am wearing it with a bit of a gap in the back, and I tried to keep that gap pretty much parallel all the way up as much as possible. It is a little bit loose on my ribcage currently, because my ribcage is a little bit smaller than that. But I still find it pretty much comfortable. The hip here actually goes above the iliac crest. It’s quite high over the hip here.
I would recommend this corset for somebody who has a ribcage and hips that are pretty much the same size. Say if you are an athletic person, and you have a very low amount of body fat, if you have a more narrow pelvis, and more developed lats for instance, this is the type of corset that might fit you, as opposed to trying to fit into corsets that are much bigger in the hip and smaller in the ribcage. So if you’re the type of person who is built relatively straight up and down, your ribcage and your high hips are pretty much the same size. This would be one of the few corsets out there that might fit you.
In terms of the silhouette, it has a tiny big of cupping over the ribs, but I don’t know if that’s just because I’ve been wearing this corset in for a while, and the leather is just kind of molding to my ribcage. The very first time I put on this corset it was very smooth and sweeping. Some people call that a U shaped silhouette, or parenthesis. Because this corset is pretty snug over my hips, and the busk itself is a little less flexible than some other standard flexible busks out there, I find that the center front is fairly flat on me. So let’s go to the tabletop portion of this review and I can show you the other details of this corset close up.
So here’s the Dita Corset laid flat. For the materials, the fashion fabric in this one is leather. If you’re opposed to leather, you can also get this in cotton or satin. It also has a lining of cotton on the inside here. This is what the Glamorous Corset label looks like. This other label here shows the fabric content, and the cleaning instructions. As well, there is the size 22 here, and the size label is on both halves of the corset. This corset has a six panel pattern, one, two, three, four, five, six. Oftentimes I see that the first three panels makes the front, and the second three panels makes the back, but in this particular corset I noticed that the fourth panel here sits closer to my side. It is shaped to more accurately fit over my hip here. I notice that the first three panels are not sufficient to fit over my hip.
So this might be a style of corset that might have been intended, actually drafted to always have a gap in the back of this corset, so you might want to keep that in mind. If you close this corset, then the hips might actually sit a tiny bit too far back on your body. But I find that when I wear this with a gap, the fourth panel fits comfortably over my hip, and it’s more comfortable that way. You can see how the first three panels here converge slightly down to the bottom of the center front here. You can also see panels four, five, and a bit of six, they give more room, more ease over the back here. This comes down. So as it’s giving more ease and also coming down, I find that it curves pretty well over my tailbone here. But if you have exaggerated lumbar lordosis, or if you have a shelf bone, you might need to just gently flex or bend the bones in the back here so that it curves with your natural curve in the back.
This corset was constructed using the welt seam method. So instead of the fashion fabric all being assembled together, and then the lining all being assembled together, and then putting them [? rung or wrong] sides together. Instead in this corset they assembled all the layers of panel one, and then all the layers of panel two, and then all the layers of panel three, until they got to the center back of the corset. While the panels were being assembled together, all the seam allowances were pressed towards the back of this corset. You can see that they have stitched a sturdy top stitch along each one here. Since this corset is double boned on the seams, and all the seam allowances are pressed towards one side of the seam, you’ll notice that the bone that’s in the channel with all the seam allowances, is a little bit bulkier than the boning channel that has no seam allowances in it. So just keep that in mind. It’s because of the construction method. It’s not really a flaw per se, it’s just the way that this corset was assembled.
You might be able to see the faint outline of the waist tape here. It’s one inch wide, and it’s invisibly stitched between the layers. I can see that it starts at the very center front here by the busk, and it goes all the way back to the end of panel five here. Here’s a closeup of the binding made from bias strips of matching black leather. It’s machine stitched on the outside and the inside. You can see on the outside it has a really small top stitch. On the inside you can see that it has been left raw. Because leather does not fray, it can be left raw like this. It has six garter tabs, three on each side.
The modesty panel in the back of this corset is six inches wide, and is unstiffened, and attached to one side of the corset using this row of stitching here. It’s also finished in leather on the outside, and cotton on the inside. Now if you don’t like the modesty panel, you can remove this row of stitching. You can also remove the labels of this corset. But do keep in mind that because this corset is leather, when you remove that stitching, it might not heal. You might see a little line of pinpricks going down here. In the front there is a very narrow, quarter inch wide modesty placket, extending out from the knob side of the busk. This is not boned, but it is very, very slightly stiffened. This is finished in black cotton twill.
The busk in this corset is pretty long. It’s 11 and ½ inches long. It has five loops and pins, with the last two a little bit closer together. It is a tiny bit wider than half an inch on each side, and it is slightly more rigid, compared to some other standard flexible busks that I have tried in other corsets. There are a total of 24 bones in this corset, 12 on each side, not including the center front busk here. So it’s double boned on the seams with quarter inch wide spiral steel bones. You can see that they all attract my magnet here. In the center back here there are two flat steel bones. You’ll notice that they attract my magnet much less. This is because when I opened up some of the earlier Glamorous Corsets that I’ve had before, they are actually made from stainless steel, as opposed to the white coated steel. So stainless steel often has a lower iron content to prevent rusting, so it’s not quite as ferrous. So it would be expected that it would not really strongly attract the magnet compared to steel that has a higher iron content. Same with the center front busk here. You can see that it doesn’t really attract my magnet as strongly as the bones in the middle here, because the center front busk is stainless as well I believe.
This corset has a total of 24 grommets, 12 on each side. They are size double zero with a small to medium flange around them, and finished in silver. They’re equidistantly spaced. They all seem to be holding well at this point. Here is the underside of the grommets. You can see big washers present, which is a good sign. Most of these have rolled really nicely. There’s a couple splits here and there, but they don’t catch on the laces. I don’t see any damage around the grommets here. The laces in the back of this corset are your standard workhorse, quarter inch wide, black nylon, shoelace style lacing. They do have some spring to them, but that stretches out over time. These are very difficult to snap or break, the way that some cotton laces might, for instance. They go through the grommets pretty well. They hold the [? nos] and bows pretty securely, and they’re definitely long enough.
The Dita Underbust Corset is available from 18 inches closed waist, up to 40 inches closed waist. From 18 inches up to 30 inches, I believe it’s $89 US. From 32 inches up to 40 inches it is five dollars more at $94 US. Now if you don’t like leather, or you’re opposed to wearing leather, the Dita Corset is also available in cotton and satin, and this starts at $69 US, so it’s actually a little bit less expensive.
This concludes my review of the Dita Underbust Corset made by Glamorous Corsets. I hope you enjoyed it, and you learned something new. If you did, please remember to click that like button down there, as it helps support this channel. If you have any comments about this corset, or Glamorous Corsets in general, feel free to leave a comment down below. I’d be happy to answer your questions, or forward your questions over to Rachel of Glamorous Corsets. If you own the Dita Corset, or a different corset from Glamorous Corsets, feel free to leave a comment down below, and let us know what you think of it. Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you all next week for another video. Bye.
My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…