What is a “lacing bone”?
A "lacing bone" is a flat strip of steel with
rounded ends and several evenly spaced holes down the
length of the strip. (See above.)
What is it used for?
A "lacing bone" is used in the center back
of corsets to support the laces that tie the corset up.
Why would you want to use "lacing bones"?
By using lacing bones you will eliminate the problem
of "popped" eyelets/grommets. The grommets/eyelets
are set in the steel giving them a very firm foundation
and solid grip on the surrounding fabric. There is no
better way to support the center back of a corset for
long term lacing or for "tight lacing".
How is a "lacing bone" used? How do I put it into a corset?
You will no longer need the two bones on either side
of the grommets.
- Finish the center back seam as usual (you need two
layers of fabric for the lacing bone to eventually
go in between). Having first adjusted the back length
to accommodate the lacing bones.
- With right sides out, lay the "lacing bone" on
top of the corset back. You can use it as a template
to mark your hole placement. Mark holes. Remove "lacing
- Punch holes as usual.
- Slide the "lacing bone" inside the corset
so all holes line up.
- Place a grommet or eyelet into the first hole going
neatly through the outer layer of fabric, the lacing
bone and the lining layer of fabric.
- Set the eyelet or grommet as usual. Note: if using
eyelets do not use a washer.
Lacing Bones come in three lengths, 7 ¾ inches
(20cm) with 12 holes, 11 ¾ inches (30cm) with
19 holes and 14 1/8 inches (36cm) with 23 holes. They
cannot be cut! They are made of chrome steel and are
very hard; they will flex but not bend out of shape.
The holes are only about 7/32 inch (6mm) in diameter.
Our eyelets (series 50-8600-) and our #00 grommets fit
these lacing bones. Purchase a set and test the fit with