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Monday
Oct042010

substitute boning

Those of you who are working on costume corsets may find this tip useful.

If you find the prospect of finding a source for boning daunting, you can do what I did with my very first corset several years ago.  Not being in proximity to a fabric store, and being unwilling to drive half an hour just to pick up boning (I wouldn't have only picked up boning, and I knew it) I cut up heavy household plastic (like the kind detergent bottles are made from) into the correct-sized lengths and widths and put it down in those boning channels like it was honest-to-goodness boning.  

If you're into authenticity or anything like that, well, forget I ever said this.  But for a costume for a child, makeshift boning works just fine.  

Best of luck!

~Erin~

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Reader Comments (3)

You can also use long, slender twigs such as privet, or stiff rushes like you'd use for basketweaving. Historically accurate too! But maybe not for a kid's costume as they're neither as flexible nor as washable as plastic. (I just ordered my first-ever corset's-worth of metal boning for a renaissance corset... we'll see how that goes!)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

My favourite substitute for boning is using cable ties. Heavy duty or sturdy ones are very inexpensive, usually fit as is down channels, easy to cut and work with, although not as cheap as cutting up waste plastic!

Great work - love it.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdlw

Yay, thank you so much for this tip!

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

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