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Playa corset care tips?

Postby Skyote » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:10 pm

I'm thinking about ordering my first corset, but the company says all their corsets are dry clean only. Does anyone have experience with dry cleaning playa dust out of more delicate materials? Also, sweat isn't an issue for me in loose clothes because it's so dry, but what about in something this close-fitting?

This will not be some $500 custom affair, but I'd still like to get it nice and clean when I get home if possible.
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:12 pm

Corsets aren't really "dry clean only." Did oh, all the centuries in which women and men subjected themselves to corsety have dry cleaners?

Two considerations:

the boning (metal or plastic?)
the fabric

Odds are, if you don't actually stain it, you can just brush it clean.

If you need to wash it-wash it, I'd hand wash.
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Postby Skyote » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:22 pm

Well, that's a pretty obvious and unassailable point :D

I hand wash things all the time anyhow, I just don't own the sorts of fancier fabrics these corsets are made from. But I'll give it a go--thanks!
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:28 pm

Skyote wrote:Well, that's a pretty obvious and unassailable point :D

I hand wash things all the time anyhow, I just don't own the sorts of fancier fabrics these corsets are made from. But I'll give it a go--thanks!


What do you mean by "fancier?" Silk? That's about the only fabric I can think of that would require extra care.

Make sure it's properly lined, so the outside doesn't get sweat stains.
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Postby Skyote » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:41 pm

Yep, silk or satin. The site I'm looking at has a variety of both--haven't decided which I'm going for yet. And all are lined with two layers of cotton twill, so hopefully sweat stains won't be an issue.

There is info online about hand washing silk and satin, but I didn't know if there was anything about playa dust that would affect those recommendations.
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:58 pm

I really didn't have any issues, washing anything, as far as playa dust.


Who are you ordering from? Will you get me one while you're at it? I've never had a real one (worn them many times, just not owned one).

Have you looked on Etsy? There are some excellent corset mongers there, for less money than many sites like Savage Garden, Darque, etc.

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Postby Skyote » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:09 pm

C.f.M. wrote:I really didn't have any issues, washing anything, as far as playa dust.


Oh good! This will be my second year, and in '07 I didn't bring anything nice, just lightweight cotton shirts and skirts and random thrift-store stuff...and most of the cheap costumey things were never washed :shock: heh. But this time I'm bringing some nice things that I'll have to care for when I get home. Glad to hear it shouldn't be a problem.

I'm ordering from Timeless Trends. A friend just got a corset from them and loves it, says it comfortable and high quality, and most of their designs are only $100! Also they're all in stock (not custom) so I --and you!--still have time to get one. ;)
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Postby Skyote » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:11 pm

C.f.M. wrote:Me, I pimp out my old aquaintance Psyd Delicious.


Wow, there is some really awesome stuff there! I'd unfortunately blow through my budget this time, but bookmarking this for sure.
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:31 am

Ah, yeah, I'd def not pay much more than $100 for one of those. That is a super basic design and materials, pret a port - an advantage to getting one handmade, say from at Etsy person, is that it will be of course measured to fit you.

None of them will be very hard to clean.

Short torso v. long torso, even coverage through the hips, etc.

I hope you love it, which ever one you get!
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Postby AntiM » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:55 am

I wear a 3X, hard to fit, and I found a corset on eBay for $25 and free shipping. It can be done. They aren't best quality, but would give you some idea of the fit and comfort in the heat. I've taken a good one too, it hand-washed just fine with a dash of vinegar. Vinegar takes out stains in the real world anyway!
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Postby Skyote » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:10 am

Awesome AntiM! I sheepishly admit I didn't even think to check Ebay, but I just did and there's a lot there at great prices. Thanks for the tip!
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Postby Skyote » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:25 am

C.f.M. wrote:Ah, yeah, I'd def not pay much more than $100 for one of those. That is a super basic design and materials, pret a port - an advantage to getting one handmade, say from at Etsy person, is that it will be of course measured to fit you.

None of them will be very hard to clean.

Short torso v. long torso, even coverage through the hips, etc.

I hope you love it, which ever one you get!


Yeah, I figure if I have a good "off the rack corset" experience I'll get a really nice, custom-fit one :)

Thanks so much for your advice!
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Postby MistressSybs » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:24 pm

OMG! I LOVE THIS!!! but alas only made for skinny bitches
*said with envy not hate* LOL

http://www.deliciousboutique.com/DBW/DB-JT03.html
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:28 pm

MistressSybs wrote:OMG! I LOVE THIS!!! but alas only made for skinny bitches
*said with envy not hate* LOL

http://www.deliciousboutique.com/DBW/DB-JT03.html


I'm pretty sure, given that the only size option is "medium," that just means that's the only size they have left.

He'll make anything, I'm confident of that.
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Postby Skyote » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:29 pm

MistressSybs wrote:OMG! I LOVE THIS!!! but alas only made for skinny bitches
*said with envy not hate* LOL

http://www.deliciousboutique.com/DBW/DB-JT03.html


That is one hot, badass bikini top!
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:44 pm

Go to a thrift store.

Get some assorted leather purses, pants, hats, anything else with the hardware you like.

Cut them up.

Sew them into a top.
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Postby lucky420 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:19 pm

cfm, you have inspired me to learn how to sew and to take more chances in crafting...off to the thrift store now :D
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:34 pm

I love her corsets, but PLEASE talk to her about how tightly you want to bind your corset while on playa, this will effect the corset she makes for you.

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The corsets have really nice long long lines and great construction.
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Postby MistressSybs » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:07 pm

probably right... both on the last one and the if I were clever i could make it ... hhhhhmm... =)
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Postby C.f.M. » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:15 am

Ok, I got some pants at a thrift store this weekend, and might try to make a top like that one...I mean, really, you could just take a bra that fits and sew the shit right on it.
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Re: Playa corset care tips?

Postby Kontradiction » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:58 pm

Duct-tape corsets for me all the way; I save my fine ones for the Clubs here. ; )
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