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Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone in 5.5 yards
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Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone in 5.5 yards

Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone. piece 5.5 yards x 55" wide - available in black and white
Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone
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Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone

Coutil for Corsets, Herringbone - available in black and white
Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Satin
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Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Satin

Coutil for Corsets, Satin - available in black and white
Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Brocade
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Corsets - Coutil for Corsets, Brocade

Coutil for Corsets, Brocade - available in black and white

Coutil is a fabric that has been designed specifically for building corsets. It is high in cotton content, tightly woven to inhibit penetration of bones/stays and is not inclined to stretch. It has a smooth finish and is comfortable when worn close to the skin though the wearing of a chemise is always recommended.

Coutil comes in plain, satin or brocade, and we stock all types in black and white. White tends to dye beautifully. Fiber content of our coutil is either 100% cotton or a cotton viscose blend for the brocades and satins. Why use bulky twill when you can use the real thing?

Coutil can be soft, stiff or medium, and this characteristic is determined by “finishing process”. This is a starching process that the fabric goes through to change the feel of the fabric. Unfinished coutil is soft and easily dyed, the more starch the stiffer the coutil and the more likely it is to change after washing and to dye unevenly. Finishing processors in the USA and in the UK are dwindling in numbers and the quality of finishes available is also deteriorating. The fabric is still the same quality, it's just the starched finish is no longer what it was.

Washing coutil removes the starched finish and it is the starched finish that keeps the fabric from stretching and helps retain its new appearance.

All coutil is 54” wide (approx.)

 

 

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