Monday, July 30, 2012

Spooky Basket: My Louise Black Corset Purchase


At one point or another, we've all seen these... these devastatingly gorgeous, totally covetable under bust corsets. And if you haven't, well go check out Louise Black on etsy quickly and gawk at her original cameo corsets.

Hell I've been yearning and saving for about a year, until I finally made my purchase back in Jan to Feb. Some people have warned me that their customer service is less than helpful... but this wasn't the case when I got up the gal to press "checkout".

They were very helpful and my request was processed and shipped very quickly and timely! I was happily surprised.
Proud owner!
In the beginning of January I had requested a custom fit faux leather ribcage cameo corset before this passed May when I would be attending the Rammstein concert in Glendale (which by the way, blew my mind beyond the zenith). Sure enough it came before the expected arrival in mid February.
It's one my single best purchases, and I did not regret a single penny of it.





 The construction is immaculate, and the fit is beyond comfortable; it would feel like a second skin if the steel boning didn't stop me from bending over all the way, hehe!
However, these corsets are not constructed with a busk or with a modesty panel; it makes putting them on and lacing them yourself a little bit of a hassle if you haven't done it as much, as was the case with me (I usually get my husband to do it, but for the pictures I had to do everything myself).

Many corsets will come with busks making them a hell of a lot easier to put on; here is a video demonstrating the process with the average constructed corset:

 But for corsets like Louise Black's, there is a little trick (somewhat obvious, but doesn't dawn very quickly) that I wish someone had told me or I had found during my research before getting my first corset. If you're like me, you hate lacing anything up, it's time consuming and exhausting. So to prevent any unwanted unlacing while I shuffle my way into my corset from the top, I tie the tips of the four laces by pairs in a simple firm. but loose enough knot

Another little tidbit is that if you're going to purchase a corset, you should purchase a tube top along with it if you plan on wearing nothing underneath it (maybe for a burlesque show, I don't know). Corsets are never fully washable, as many well finished ones have steel boning that could rust and bleed through fabrics. Having a tube top will help prevent a lot of that sweat and B.O. coming off on your corset. I spray a cloth with a bit of fabric freshener and gently go over the inside of the corset to keep it smelling nice.


 I love Louise Black and her corsets so much, I am beginning to save for two more, maybe even three! And I know just the ones I am going to get...




Here is the choker I made, which I am wearing in the full body shot.

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful corset *_* you can see its quality from the picture. Among the ones you posted as a "wishlist", my favourite is the third, even though I like the skull better than the skeleton (but that may be just because I've seen a lot of x-ray patterns around ^^)
    That necklace is awesome, do you happen to have a shop or something :)? Because if you did I'd love to have a look around!

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    1. I *had* a shop, but it just wasn't grabbing enough attention to keep it around.
      I'm thinking it was my approach and the name that ultimately made it fail miserably-- hoping that I can bounce back from it... but for now it's still just an idea and nothing more.

      These corsets are really well worth the money spent on them-- I can't recommend them more!

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    2. I'm sorry it didn't work out :/! Because you really are good; even the last choker you posted was something you could find in stores and pay good money for.
      I hope someday you will re-open it, your works definitely deserve attention :)!

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  2. Really pretty! I've been drooling over Louise Black corsets for quite some while, but I'm not sure if the curve would suit my body. But it sure works well on you! :)

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    1. I felt quite the same, I assure you; I have an abnormally large set of ribs for my physique (gives the impression I am thicker than I really weigh)-- if it wasn't for my abnormally large butt (lol) it'd be hard to tell any curves of my body lol

      But I took a dive, and it really paid off-- they are very good with fitting! From what I've seen of your physique in your posts, you have a far more proportionate body than my own and I bet you'd look really really good in one with the length of your legs!

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  3. I love the corset and necklace, in fact I love your whole outfit! I also get my husband to help me into a corset.

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    1. Thank you =)

      That's what husbands are for ;) lol

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  4. I love those corsets. I think the panels are really beautiful...and your choker is lovely too :-)

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  5. I want one of these so bad! The video is helpful, thanks.

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    1. I was hoping someone may get some use out of that; I didn't make the video, of course, but I found it to be the most helpful as well.

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  6. Please, don't get me wrong, but I've seen these corsets on the wishlists of so many people, and I've always been wondering if I'm really the only one that doesn't like them...:/

    Your outfit is still fabulous, of course and I do love how the ribcage print and the cameo match! ^^

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    1. The ribcage appeals to a great many, and that's ok
      And it's perfectly ok not like them-- it's what makes reading fashion blogs fun, no two people are ever the same, but there's a chance you'll make a discovery you may like =)

      Thank you! I was hoping someone would notice, hehe XD

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  7. I really love that choker you made! Last year, I purchased one of these corsets from Louise Black (red silk dupioni with ribcage) and it took forever to get shipped! The corset is extremely well made and I actually don't like modesty panels that much (I don't care if you can see my skin all bunched up in the back, lol!) so I was very happy with it.

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