What are the types of Boning?

Corsets and boned bodices continue to be popular fashion choices, and understanding the different types of boning available can be helpful when selecting materials for your projects. Here is a guide to the various types of boning and how they can be used with sewing patterns from Mood:

  1. Rigilene: Rigilene boning is the lightest and most flexible type of boning. It is suitable when light structure is needed, making it a great option for avant-garde evening gowns and tops that require some shape. It can be easily sewn through, making application a breeze. Consider using rigilene boning in the under bodice of the Anthea Milkmaid Dress or as a supplement to the Aurora Dress.
  2. Plastic Boning/"Standard" Boning: Plastic boning, often referred to as "standard" boning, is the most commonly found type of boning in general craft or sewing supply stores. It has a light to medium weight and is versatile for a wide range of projects, including lingerie, cosplay costumes, evening dresses, and lightweight boned bodices and corsets. Plastic boning is often the first type of boning that novice sewists learn to use. You can try it out with Mood's Parker Corset or Helen Castillo's basic corset free sewing pattern.
  3. Steel Boning: Steel boning is significantly heavier than plastic or rigilene boning and is commonly used in historical or theatrical costume making. Its weight and rigidity make it ideal for stays, corsets, and other shapewear that require dramatic cinching. Consider adding steel boning to Mood's Spearmint Corset for an Elizabethan-inspired look.
  4. Spiral Boning: Spiral boning has a weight similar to steel boning but offers more flexibility, making it a great choice for those who desire the structured feel of steel boning while also needing flexibility like plastic boning. This type of boning is often used in Edwardian S-bend corsets, providing shape, structure, and a cinched appearance. It can add flair to the hips, making it a suitable choice for the Cerise Corset.

When selecting boning for your projects, consider the desired level of structure, flexibility, and weight required. Each type of boning has its own characteristics that can contribute to the overall look and functionality of your garment. Remember to refer to the specific sewing pattern instructions for guidance on the recommended type of boning to use.

If you're planning to add a corset to your wardrobe this fall, we'd love to hear about it in the comments below! Happy sewing!


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