Featured Corset: Emma Black Mesh Corset, Short mesh double steel boned underbust corset
Hi everybody. Today I’m going to be reviewing the Emma Mesh Underbust corset made by Glamorous Corsets. So here is the front, the side, the back, and the other side. So I’m putting up my hair so you can see the silhouette a little bit better. Today I’m wearing the size 22. But as with many other mesh corsets, when I took this out of the box it measured a little bit large in the waist. It measured closer to 23 inches in the waist. The rib cage measures 28 inches, so it’s a six inch rib spring. Hips also measured 28 inches, so it’s a six inch hip spring as well.
So this corset was designed for somebody who has a ribcage and high hips that are relatively even. Now naturally my ribcage is about four inches smaller than my iliac crest. But because I squish upwards, then when I cinch down in a corset my flesh displaces a little bit upwards, and makes my rib cage about an inch to an inch and a half bigger than what it would normally be naturally. So if my natural rib cage outside of a corset is only 29 inches, when it’s in a corset it might be 30 or 31 inches. So that’s why it’s fitting a little bit better around the ribcage. Also because this is made out of mesh, it is slowly expanding to fit my hips. Although to tell you the truth, if I were to wear this comfortably it would be closer to an A shaped gap in the back.
But moving on. For the length it is ten and a half inches in the center front, ten inches along the princess seam, ten inches again along the side, and the back is a little bit longer at 11.5 inches. You can see it’s cut more or less straight across along the top and the bottom, which is one of the things I mentioned in my stealing video is good for hiding underneath clothing. This corset has a relatively slim, or gentle silhouette. Right now it’s giving my waist about a two inch reduction.
Here’s the Emma Corset laid flat. For the materials, like all other mesh corsets, it’s just a single layer of the mesh here. But the boning channels and all the other trims in places are more of a double layer, because it has external and internal strips of fabric laid down. This is what the Glamorous Corset label looks like. It’s in the back by the modesty panel. This is the fabric content and cleaning instructions. The size label is here at the top binding. The sizing label is on both sides of the corset.
This corset has a five panel pattern; one, two, three, four, five. All of them are fairly very even, straight, parallel. For the construction, it’s pretty standard, once again, of all other mesh corsets. The mesh here is just a single layer, and they are assembled at the seams. The strips of fabric for the boning channels are laid down, and they straddle the seam so that the seams here can strengthen the seams of the corset. The mesh is sandwiched in between two layers of twill here for the bones to go into.
There’s a full waist tape in this corset, stretching from the center front to the center back here. It’s one inch wide, made from single faced satin ribbon, finished in black here. You can see that it’s on the inside of the corset. The binding is made from bias strips of matching black cotton twill, and it is machine stitched on the outside and inside. You can see on the outside there’s no top stitch because it was stitched in the ditch right there. On the back obviously there is a top stitch. This corset also has four garter tabs, two on each side.
The modesty panel in this corset is about five and a half inches live, so it will cover a gap up to about four inches wide. It’s unstiffened, finished in black cotton twill here. It is attached to the corset using this line of stitching. You can just take your seam ripper and remove this. You can also remove the labels if you wish, if you don’t like modesty panels, or if you don’t want the labels to show through the mesh. Also there is a modesty placket extending up from the knob side of the busk here, unstiffened, finished in black cotton twill. It’s about a quarter inch wide.
The busk in this corset is nine inches long, and it has five loops and pins equidistantly spaced. It is a bit more of a heavy duty busk. It’s about one inch on each side. It is fairly stiff as well. This corset has a total of 22 bones, 11 on each side, not including the center front busk here. So double boned on the seams; two, four, six, eight. These are quarter inch wide spiral steel bones. They very strongly attract the magnet here. There is also a spiral steel bone adjacent to the busk here, which also attracts the magnet. Now the busk itself does not attract my magnet super strongly, so I’m guessing that it might be a form of stainless steel. As well as the center back bones here do not attract my magnet very strongly either. So these flap steels in the back might also be stainless steel.
There are a total of 24 grommets in the back of this corset, 12 on each side. Size double zero, with a small to medium flange around them. Finished in silver. All of them are held in quite well. Here’s the underside. All of them contain a washer. Very few splits in these. You can see they’re equidistantly spaced. I don’t put a lot of stress on this corset because, as I said, it does not fit me perfectly. So I’m not putting a huge amount of tension on it, because I’m not doing very dramatic reductions in this corset. We can see that they’re all holding in.
The laces that come with this corset are very industry standard. They are your black nylon flat lacing. They have a little bit of spring to them, but it’s very difficult to snap or break. They glide well through the laces, and they’re definitely long enough. They hold knots and bows securely.
The Emma Corset in the black mesh, like I’m reviewing today, is available in closed waist sizes 18 inches up to 40 inches. It’s also available in white mesh, and four different shades of satin. For the mesh version, the price is $79 US for sizes 18 up to 28, and five dollars more than that $84 US for sizes 30 up to 40. For the satin versions I believe it’s a little bit less than this.
This concludes my review of the Emma Mesh Corset made by Glamorous Corsets. So I hope you enjoyed this video, and you learned something new. If you did please remember to click that like button as it helps support this channel. If you have this corset, let us know what you think of it, and how you like it in a comment down below. If you have any questions about this corset or Glamorous Corsets in general, feel free to leave your question, and I’ll be happy to get back to you.
Thank you guys so much for watching, I’ll see you 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…