Why DO corsets cost so much?!
"Corsetiers aren't purposely charging exorbitant fees because they want to take advantage of you. There's a TON of work and skill involved: multiple pieces that takes skill to ease together, multiple boning channels that have to be hand marked or individually cut and stitched in place, multiple stays that have to be purchased and inserted, custom cut bias tape binding for a smooth and properly executed finish and hand stitched for more historical accuracy, hand couched grommets, and the skill to properly install a busk. All of this takes time, talent, and cost. On average, the cost of supplies to create a pair of stays ranges from $95 to $100! The average hourly rate for a qualified seamstress or corsetier is $20 to $30 an hour. If I charged an hourly fee for one of my corsets/stays it would far exceed the listed price! Each corset takes no less than 72 hours of labor to construct. Multiply 72 hours by $20 and that equals $1,440 dollars in LABOR! YES, you will find stays and corsets selling cheaper, but the quality just is NOT the same. My stays are not cheap lingerie versions you purchase on Ebay for $40 that are made in a sweatshop somewhere in Taiwan. Each of these historical corsets and stays are designed and created by a passionate historian, who has devoted countless hours in research and education. A corset purchased for $150 from Russia, China, the Ukraine, Italy, India, the UK or even here in the USA, may initially appeal to your budget, but purchases outside the USA are a risk! I hear the horror stories frequently from disappointed consumers who let a cheaper price point make their decision rather than quality workmanship. Not everyone who has an Etsy store, or markets themselves as a "historical costumer," has invested the same education and research. Selling stays and corsets on the cheap does not guarantee the creator has the proper and necessary knowledge at custom fitting stays to your measures, and even though they may indeed participate as a historical reenactor, it does not guarantee they have the requisite training. Anyone with a little talent can render a pair with a commercial pattern, but the true talent lies in the alterations. This is where someone with actual training in Fashion Design will be invaluable. The corset/stays are your foundation garments; they will make or break the success of your overall silhouette. There is no substitute for quality and proper fit. Spend a little more for true quality, longevity and durability. I promise you will thank me later!"
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$304.12 (Retail) Balleen/Industrial Cable Ties (125 to 225 lb PSI) Fully Boned.
4 Monthly Payments: $76.03
8 Twice Monthly Payments: $38.02
$328.14 (Retail) Reed/Cane - Fully Boned***
4 Monthly Payments: $82..04
8 Twice Monthly Payments:$41.02
$315.12 (Retail) Reed/Cane - Half Boned***
4 Monthly Payments: $78.78
8 Twice Monthly Payments: $39.39
$328.00 (Retail) - Fully Boned with Reed or Cane
18th Century Stays:
1780s Stays. Fully boned . Available with or without double lacing. The concave neckline and straps help to support the breasts and create an alluring decolletage. The split tabs make this the most comfortable stays that you will ever wear - No pinching or chaffing. Laces in front and back for more versatility and size adjustment. Available in 100% medium weight Linen or 100% Cotton Twill - Damask.
***BE ADVISED: Natural Reed/Cane boning gives you lovely support, however, they CANNOT be washed! Stays, if left in damp and unsuitable conditions, like any natural fiber, are subject to ROT and MOLD. They are also subject to becoming brittle and breaking while you wear them, which requires your stays to be returned for repairs for additional labor of $15 an hour and additional shipping fees. Quite a lot of this cane is needed in a pair of Fully Boned Stays and therefore adds to the price
Elizabethan Effigy Corset
Triple layered, Fully boned, machined stitched channels. Elongated front helps flatten the stomach and the boned and split tabs similar to those in the 18th Century make this the most comfortable pair of bodies (corset/stays) that you will ever wear! - No pinching or chaffing at the waist as you will have with faux tabs, or tabs sewn on. Adjustable straps assist with a delectable decolletage. Handmade bias cut binding, hand stitched rather than machined, for a more historically accurate appearance; and hand couched grommets. Available in 100% Linen or Cotton Twill. Cane/Reed or Industrial cable ties with a PSI (pounds per pressure) of 125 to 225 per each tie make these lightweight, and extremely durable, but above all else comfortable. **Metal Stays are not only costly, but they are not historically accurate for Elizabethan stays. to keep costs down I do not offer them.
$298.00 (Retail) - Fully Boned - Industrial Cable Ties.
Elizabethan 3/4 Boned w/Industrial Cable Ties: $298.00
4 Monthly Payments of $74.50
8 Bi-monthly Payments (twice monthly) of $37.25
Elizabethan 3/4 Boned w/ REED or CANE boning: $328.00
4 Monthly Payments of $82.00
8 Bi-monthly Payments (twice monthly) of $41.00
18th Century Stays:
1740s - 1750s Outlander Stays. Fully boned. The concave neckline and straps help to support the breasts and create an alluring decolletage. The split tabs make this the most comfortable stays that you will ever wear - No pinching or chaffing. Laces in front and back for more versatility and size adjustment. Available in 100% Medium Weight Dupioni silk, or 100% Cotton Canvas.
COUCHED GROMMETS: Available for additional $30.
***BE ADVISED: Natural Reed/Cane boning gives you lovely support, however, they CANNOT be washed! Stays, if left in damp and unsuitable conditions, like any natural fiber, are subject to ROT and MOLD. They are also subject to becoming brittle and breaking while you wear them, which requires your stays to be returned for repairs for additional labor of $15 an hour and additional shipping fees. Quite a lot of this cane is needed in a pair of Fully Boned Stays and therefore adds to the price.
Designs From Time
Option A:1780s Damask
$304.12 (Retail) Baleen/Industrial Cable Ties (125 to 225 lb PSI) - Fully Boned
Option B: 1780s Damask
$328.14 (Retail) Reed/Cane - Fully Boned***
PLEASE NOTE: Elizabethan bodies are NOT designed for tight-lacing. They are not designed to reduce your waistline. They are used to smooth out the torso, and act as a supportive layer so as not to stress the seams on your outer garments. The must-have piece to creating your authentic Elizabethan silhouette.