Q.1. Should I come to be measured in person?
A. It depends.
Ann has measured and read the measurements
of over 8000 customers since starting the business in
1990. She can generally tell if you have made an error
in your measurements and advise you to re-measure.
is especially true if you send digital images by email
(or snapshots by snailmail, or make a Skype appointment
with us to watch you measure). Images should show your
torso while wearing a ribbon at the waistline and tape
help up and around your torso,
from a front, side, and back view. These are
of course, confidential, and used only to view your torso
shape to verify that you have positioned the waistline
ribbon in a correct position. If you come to
San Francisco, you
are welcome to make a
private measuring appointment.
For overbust styles this is desirable; for underbust
styles this is not necessary, but always enjoyable.
Q.2. How do I start?
A. Tie a ribbon or string around your waistline, ensuring
that it is not too high or too low.
Examine the photos
measurement page. It is preferable
to have someone
assist you in taking measurements since it is extremely
difficult to do an accurate job yourself. If you have
no one to assist, then you must with certainty send
images of what you have done.
Q.3. I've purchased corsets before and they squish out
flesh over the top and under the bottom edges.
How can a custom corset avoid that?
A. This is a common problem with
store-bought "OTC" or readymade corsets, or even with a
custom corset made from incorrect measurements.
The simple answer is: Accurate measurements are the
key to ensuring the best fit possible and avoiding this
unsightly and uncomfortable problem.
For example, if you measure horizontally around your
rib cage and let the tape measure drop in back (below a
lady's bra strap, for example), then the measurement may
be too narrow for your actual rib cage and an underbust
corset may be too tight at the top edge, causing flesh
to squish out. You should always have someone
else measure you, because they can hold the tape up in
the back to get a true rib cage measurements. Also, you
should relax your shoulders and take the ribcage
measurement three times, then average those three out to
reach the best approximation.
For the top "high bust" (taken underarm) and bosom
horizontal measurements for an overbust corset, only an
interim "cotton muslin" fitting can ensure the very
best fit. For that reason we do not offer overbust styles
without this interim fitting step.
Regarding the bottom edge, if you measure the
pelvis too high on your hip and not
directly over the pelvic saddle or hip bone, or too tightly, then
then the bottom edge of your corset may be too tight and
risk pinching skin and nerves to possibly cause
numbness, or squish out flesh from under the bottom
edge. We recommend that full-figure clients ordering an
underbust style, those who have a
waistline of 40" or more, invest in an interim cotton
muslin (this process is included in the pricing for overbust
styles in order to double check how flesh will
move within the corset, and adjust the precise lower edge
shape they desire for best tummy control. This may add
approximately $60 to your corset cost.