Corsets and boned bodices aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, they’ve definitely taken their place as the go-to accessory of the 2020’s! For many novice sewists, boning can be an intimidating notion to shop for. Luckily, we’ve compiled a guide to the various different types of boning you can buy, plus how they can be used with Mood’s free sewing patterns!
The lightest and most flexible type of boning, rigilene boning is a great option when light structure is needed. While not always suitable for corsets, it’s a great option for avant-garde evening gowns and tops that need a little extra shape. Plus, you can sew through it, so it’s very easy to apply! Try adding it to the under bodice of the Anthea Milkmaid Dress, or as a supplement to the Aurora Dress.
Plastic Boning/”Standard” Boning
We refer to plastic boning as “standard” boning, as it is the most common type of boning you will find at general craft or sewing supply stores. With a light to medium weight, it is ideal for a wide variety of projects, including lingerie, cosplay, evening dresses, or lightweight boned bodices and corsets. Typically, this is the first type of boning sewists learn to use. We suggest Mood’s Parker Corset or Helen Castillo’s basic corset free sewing pattern!
Steel boning is much heavier than plastic or rigilene boning, and is most typically seen in historical or theatrical costume making. Due to its weight and rigidity, it is ideal for stays, corsets, and other shapewear where dramatic cinching is required. Try adding it to Mood’s Spearmint Corset for an Elizabethan-inspired look!
Of a similar weight to steel boning, spiral boning is perfect for those who want the structured feel of steel boning, but need the flexibility of plastic boning. Think Edwardian S-bend corsets that give you shape, structure, and a cinched look all in one. We love this boning for the Cerise Corset, as it can help give you additional flare at the hips!
Are you looking to add a corset to your wardrobe this fall? Let us know in the comments below!