Plastic Boning for Sewing
Plastic bones/synthetic whalebone is sold by the meter and are of excellent quality. German plastic bones are far superior, in our opinion, to Rigilene and other plastic bones found at North American retailers. They come in four different widths, can be sewn through and are easily cut with scissors. The cut ends do not fray and any rough bit can easily be removed with a swipe of an emery board. They are unaffected by water which allows them to be used in swim wear or hand washable garments. German plastic bones come packaged in 100 metre spools and coil up naturally due to this. When sliding these bones into a bone casing, alternate the direction of the arc/curve. If you slide all pieces into their channels with the curve going in the same direction you will get a "warped" garment, to avoid this effect alternate the direction of the curve of each bone. These are perfectly adequate for most corsets are a great multipurpose product to have on hand as they can also be used for millinery and childrens costumes...including wings!
You really need to try these bones to believe how versatile they are. Scroll down the page to see selection.
Plastic whale bone which is also know as "Synthetic Whale Bone" is meant to be a reproduction of the original thing, however, an authority on the subject feels it falls short of the mark. Despite this it does have it's uses. It cannot be sewn through although it can be cut with scissors, it is more rigid than the German Plastic bones and like the German Plastic bones it comes on spools and should be slid into casings alternating the curve. It makes for a light weight, hand washable stiff garment and the plastic does not twist with the application of heat. Several customers have used these with great satisfaction for re-enactment projects.
Woven boning like Rigelen is not a good boning for corsets but it is a remarkable product for creating 3 dimensional shapes like "cages" and it is stronger than many of the woven bones on the market. It's appropriate for childrens costumes and bodices and one of it's great characteristics is that it can be sewn through easily.
If you're not making hoops with it be sure to order the "caps" so you can tip the ends easily - otherwise the boning does fray and leaves a prickly end. The cap that fits will have the same product number but includes a "C" in it.
You need to order in full meter lengths. The system will not accept anything like 4.5
Note: 1 meter is 3 inches longer than 1 yard
Our tips and tricks section includes
how to's on working with plastic boning. The background grids consists of 1/4" (6mm) squares