Corset Supplies From the Hardware StoreUse zip ties when you can't get boning.
I was talking to a correspondent in Wisconsin recently, and we got on the subject of boning for strapless dresses. It seems she had a tight deadline for a wedding dress and was in a quandary about where to get boning in her small town. I mentioned the tip I was given about using zip ties as boning. She really was enthusiastic. The ties were something she could readily get it at a nearby building supply store, rather than having to order them from a distant or online retailer and wait for their delivery.
The tip: Use zip ties as boning
These are also called cable ties, and I heard about using them from some of my students who are into corsetry. They said the zip ties were a suitable substitute for whalebone. The zip ties come in different thicknesses, but I decided to use the heavy-duty ones.
Putting zip ties to the test
I decided to try this out and made myself a men’s-corset-as-cummerbund.
Aside from the fashion fabric (which I also lined the corset with), there’s a layer of cotton twill as interlining. The lengthwise grain of the twill is parallel to the waist, meaning it runs 90 degrees to the center lines.
These ties are shy of 3/8 inch wide, so when sewing channels for boning, you can sew true 3/8 inch parallel rows of stitching, to contain the boning.
The channels were sewn through all layers after the vertical seams were sewn, and before the binding was applied.
When cutting the ties to make the boning, snip them long enough for the ends to sit next to…