Please measure yourself carefully, if possible in
centi-meters (those are the small numbers on your
tape - don't convert inches into metric), wearing
a well fitting (new) bra. Choose a corset style
available in your size or let me pick the one I
think would fit best. Most customers choose
to let me pick, and as we ship over 200
corsets a year and get only about 6 back, we must
be doing a fairly decent job. The base size
of a corset is determined by the underbust measurement
(just as with bras) and then the style depends on
your 'cup size' and whether you are medium or long
waisted. See measuring sheet for more information.
fabric used for standard corsets depends on availability.
Currently the best fabric I can find for mid 19th
century corsets is a double faced 100% cotton sateen.
It is pearl gray - wish it was white, but this is
what I can get. If you require a specific
color, please let me know at the time of ordering.
Most corsets are stitched in white, except black
or cerise corsets - black ones will be stitched
in red, and cerise corsets will be stitched in black.
Ordering a Corset :
If you want to order a corset but are not sure about which style is right for you, just leave the style question open and we will pick the style best suited to your measurements.
100% cotton herringbone coutil** $20 /corset
100% silk duchesse $80/corset
Additional topstiching in heavier 100% cotton thread
Hand buttonhole stitching at base of gussets $20
Hand scalloping at top edge $15 per foot
** A Note on Coutil:
Coutil is the French name for "jean" or "twill",
and does not mean "herringbone coutil" which is
a fabric that was not used for corsets in the 1860's.
The "herringbone Coutil upgrade" offered is a modern
style coutil. Standard corrsets are made from 100%
cotton jean (twill)
enquire about any additional time needed for your
chosen hand detailing.