Steel Boning Upgrade


(1 customer review)

What is the difference between synthetic whalebone and steel boning?

Synthetic whalebone is a plastic boning made to mimic the qualities of whalebone or baleen, which was historically used in corsets for hundreds of years. Steel boning is made of steel and is commonly used in corsets today. It was first used in corsets during the Victorian era, when the Industrial Revolution made steel a less expensive alternative to whalebone. Now that synthetic whalebone has become readily available, many costume historians prefer it over steel.

There is a common misconception that steel boning is better than plastic or synthetic whalebone boning for use in corsets. I prefer using synthetic whalebone over steel boning because whalebone is lighter, more flexible, and actually molds to the shape of the body over time as it is warmed by body heat. Steel boning is heavier, stiffer, and will never change shape to adjust to your body over time. That being said, if you prefer steel boning anyway, this listing is for you 🙂

This listing upgrades any standard corset to steel boning. This item must be purchased in addition to a made-to-order corset.

If you are purchasing tudor stays, you must select the “tudor stays” option at checkout, as this style has a lot more boning than all other corsets.

Please note that I only use 1/4″ steel boning in my bodices, corsets, and stays, so it may not provide the same amount of strength you are familiar with if you are familiar with steel boning. I currently do not use 1/2″ steel bones because these must be custom cut and my arthritis can no longer handle cutting through that thickness of steel. As a seamstress who already undergoes a lot of stress on my hands and wrists, I have to protect myself against further damage. Thank you for understanding 🙂

Est. Ship Date 06/11/2023 - 06/15/2023

1 review for Steel Boning Upgrade

  1. Natahlia

    Fantastic! Very happy I chose the upgrade to steel boning.

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