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Availability date: 02/17/2016
It's a cosplayer's dream come true! Our dyeable corset opens the door to so many different possibilities. Our busks are powder coated with plastic tips, our spiral boning is galvanized, and our grommets are plated so rust will never be an issue.
Please see our tabs on "Prepping", "Dyeing Instructions", and "Finishing and Redyeing" for complete details and instructions on how to get the best look for your corset. Our dyeable corset comes with our lifetime guarantee and will not shrink or rust if our instructions are followed correctly.
WARNING!!!: To prevent shrinkage please dry immediately in a well ventilated area, like a kitchen instead of a bathroom. Be sure to hang corsets with outer layer facing in and dry laces separately.
Corset pattern designed in 2015 in collaboration with Lucy's Corsetry!
Constructed with 20 flexible spiral steel stays for added comfort and better form
6 spring steel stays supporting the grommets and busk
½ inch wide flexible steel busk front closure
Matching front modesty placket under the busk
3 layers of fabric:
2 inner layers constructed from high quality cotton twill
Outer layer of fabric constructed from cotton
Middle layer laminated to outer layer of fabric for added strength and a smooth finish
Waist tape for added support at the waist line
6 garter loops (garter straps sold separately)
Laced with white ribbon
Lucy is a corset designer, educator, writer, vlogger and consultant based near Toronto, Canada. An ambassador between corset wearers and brands, she is dedicated to raising the bar of quality, safety, comfort, aesthetics, and accessibility in the corset industry. Lucy is also a science nerd, musician, nutritionist and dog mom. Learn more about Lucy's work on her Facebook page.
Lucy worked closely with Timeless Trends to develop our top-selling Hourglass Silhouette corsets. Her experience and taste for experimentation was critical in creating this elegant and very popular shape. Lucy provides a wealth of information on corsetry, and is our "go to" expert when we need guidance, encouragement, and a little extra love.
Rib Spring: 6.5" (measured 5" up from the bottom edge of waist tape)
Hip Spring: 10" (measured 4" down from the bottom edge of waist tape)
Center front: 11.75" with a 10" busk
Side length: 9.5" - 9.75"
Center back: 12.75"
Under bust to lap: 10.25" - 10.5"
You are an "apple" or "ruler" shape, with a fairly balanced ribcage and hip. Men can wear this style with ease as well, sometimes upside-down if it's more comfortable. People with average-to-longer torso lengths should fit this cut.
You have a torso shorter than 9" in height. If you have a dramatic "pear" shape or your hip measurement (iliac crest) is 10+ inches larger than your natural waist, you may be more comfortable in the long cut under bust instead.
You will need:
1: Timeless Trends dyeable corset
2: Large plastic or metal container for dyeing (stainless steal sinks work well)
3: Towels (1-3 for clean up)
4: Measuring cup
5: Table Spoon
7: Dye (for natural fabrics...cotton, silk and wool)
8: Gloves.....unless you want purple fingers
9: Decorations (stenciles, paints, crystals, flowers.... anything your heart desires)
10: Netflix...or cable...something to entertain you while you work ;)
Rit, Dylon and iDye are the most common dyes you will find in your craft stores. We prefer Dylon for its color intensity.
DO NOT do this on carpet or use your best towels..... we recommend kitchen or bathroom floors
WE DO NOT recommend the washing machine dyeing process that Rit and Dylon provide.... it doesn't give you much control over the intensity of the color.
Having a couple of other plastic tubs around helps to set a corset aside while changing dyes...towels work too.
Fill your large container with warm-hot water... (~10quarts.... or two full pasta-pots of water)
Unwrap your corset and remove the laces*
Soak both halves of your corset in the clean hot water. Remove corset and set aside...don't dry.
Tips: *The laces are a cotton-polyester blend, and do not hold the dye well....I recommend re-lacing with silk ribbons which are prettier and plentiful at your local craft store :)
No need to wash your corset before dyeing.
Now you have to pick your dyes.
You can mix dyes (mix the wonders or liquids together) to get the desired color.....or you can layer the dye (dye the corset one color, then dye it another color afterwards.
To make a color look "vintage", you can use iDye "Ecru" or "Brown" to town down the intensity of a color.
You can follow the "basin" or "sink" dyeing protocols on the Dye package.
Here I will detail the Dylon procedures:
1: Measure out 4 cups of hot water
2: Add your Dye package
3: Add 4 TBSP of salt
4: Mix well
5: Add this mixture to your tub of water....
Tip: If you want very dark colors use two dye packs in 4 cups of water.
Please read over the Preparation Instructions first.
Put on your gloves and add the corset to the dye.
Fully submerge the corset and swish it around in the dye.
After 5 min in the dye, you will see a light color.
After 10 min it will darken...leave in for 45min to 1 hour for full color
Tip: The corset will dry 2 shades lighter than the final damp color. So dye the corset darker than you want the final color to be.
Use a white cotton t-shirt to test the end color. Allow the corset to dry to make sure you like the color before you throw out your dye.
WARNING!!! Avoid contact with the dye....it is an eye and skin irritant and can cause allergic reactions (itching and rash) in sensitive people.
To get a vintage ombre color. I first dyed the corset in iDye "Ecru", then dyed the corset in Dylon "Intense Violet".
To make the ombre look, I keep the lower half of the corset in the dye longer. This makes the ombre coloring
You really need to keep track of the color progression, and keep hands on the corset to make sure it doesn't completely submerge.
Remember the corset will dye lighter, so dye darker than the final color you want.
Once finished dyeing. Rinse the corset in the shower to remove excess dye, and allow to dry overnight.
Tip: The "Ecru" color will "antique" the violet dye as you can see in the picture of the corset compared to the cotton skirt with only the violet dye.
Just like with the ombre dyeing, you start the two tone corset bye dyeing just the lower half of the corset.
You don't need to wait for the corset to dry, you can simply add it to the new dye
Tip: Remember the corset will dry lighter!
Once you have the color you want, rinse the corset in clean water until there is no more dye comes off. Then add a little detergent to the clear water and rinse again..... Then dump out the soapy water and rinse again with clean water.
You can dry your corset by letting it drip dry, or use a hair dryer (preferable).
Tip: When using a hair dryer be careful not to expose the corset to excessive heat.
Another great feature of these corsets is that you can stencil and decorate them!
You can by stencils at the local craft store and used craft paints
Tape the stencil in place.
Use a craft sponge or sponge brush to dab on the paints. Do multiple layers for bolder contrasts.
Tip: Wash off your stencil between uses to avoid smudging!
Crystals: You can add jewels to your corset using heat transfers or hot glue
Tip: After you have decorated, it is best to dry-clean the corset to avoid damaging the designs to affecting the color.
After drying, if your corset comes out lighter than you wanted or you decide to change the color you can re-dye your corset. Just save the dye or make new dye and keep going until you get what you want.
More images and instructions on the process here.