Corset flossing was first created by the Victorians, but what exactly is it and how can you floss your corsets yourself? Read on to find out everything you need to know about corset flossing...
Not a dance or movement performed by millenials, corset flossing is a unique method of embroidery used both for decorative and functional purposes. Flossing can be used to add interest, to enhance the hourglass shape, and to reduce the corset bones’ movements to improve comfort.
Flossing is used in a variety of corsets, and can even be added yourself to customise your corset and make it completely unique. Here’s everything you need to know about corset flossing…
What is Corset Flossing
Corset flossing was first introduced by the Victorians, and was designed to preserve the life of their corsets by strengthening the ends of the boning channels. At the time, flossing was used to stop the bones poking through, which could happen through general everyday wear.
During this time period, there was a lot of focus on aesthetics as well as function. Everything had to look beautiful, and so flossing was specifically created not only to strengthen corsets but also to add delicate detail. Victorain flossed corsets were beautiful - at the time Victorains had special machines which would floss factory made corsets to make them unique and longer lasting.
Today corsets are generally flossed by hand, and flossing is used in a number of ways on modern day corsets. Not only can flossing be used to strengthen the corset or add extra detail, it can also increase the comfort of the corset. At the end of the bone, the fabric of the corset is under more stress - by strengthening this area, you can also minimise the bones’ movement, which will stop chafing against the body.
Corset flossing can also be used to enhance the hourglass shape. By tracing the shape of the corset using flossing to highlight the tuck of the waist you can draw further attention to the narrowest part of the body. It’s all about drawing the eye, using flossing to trace the shape and increasing the detail at the waist to highlight this section.
Generally speaking, corsets are engineered garments, perfectly balancing function with aesthetics. Flossing fits this concept perfectly, as it can be used both for reinforcement, as well as for decorative purposes. With flossing, it’s basically a win-win, so you can see why the Victorians first introduced it.
Learning to floss
Flossing can be done by hand, and is a brilliant way to make your corsets completely unique to you. While our corsets are made to be unique anyway and feature beautiful detailing, as well as strong enough to not require additional flossing, you still might prefer to add flossing at some point or other.
When learning to floss a corset, the best place to turn to is YouTube. With various video tutorials on how to floss a corset, you’re sure to find one that’s easy to follow and teaches you what you need to achieve the result you want.
For inspiration, the likes of Pinterest will provide you with lots of ideas for customising corsets using flossing. Flossing is extremely versatile and there are a million different options to create a unique design, so start by looking into what kind of styles you like and seeing what others have achieved.
Flossing is a practice that is hundreds of years old, but that’s still going strong today. For further advice when it comes to finding your perfect corset, with or without flossing, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org