corset size guide and measurement chart

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Sizing can be a little tricky especially if you are trying to decide whether you want a ready made corset, made to measure or fully custom. Here I am including a size chart with UK, USA and European dress sizes and corset sizes along with two diagrams to help you take your measurements. There are no official, set industry standard measurement charts so they all have to be taken as a guide and most clothing manufacturers will have their own ideas on their size charts but I have taken the most commonly used measurements for this chart.

The next two diagrams are designed to help show you where to take your measurements and to show a little more about what they mean in relation to your corset. Measuring the length of your body at precise points ensures the most accurate and comfortable fit.

corset measurement diagram
Measuring around your body, holding the tape measure firmly but not too tight, it shouldn't interrupt the line of the skin or the corset may pinch. Make sure that the tape measure is even and level right the way around your body to ensure the most accurate measurement.

A - Chest - Where the top line of the corset will sit.
B - Bust - The widest part of your natural bust.
C - Underbust - Where your bra strap would sit.
D - The narrowest part of your waist, usually about 2 inches above your belly button.
E - High hip - To accurately gauge the curve from the waist to the bottom line of the corset.
F - Full hip - The widest part of you hip where the lowest points of the corset will sit.

Measuring down the side of your body, take care to be as accurate as you can, take the measurement from the same level as you took the horizontal measurements.

1 - Chest to bust.
2 - Bust to underbust.
3 - Underbust to waist.
4 - Waist to high hip.
5 - High hip to full hip.

measurement guide diagram

Of course, do feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment here, the more the better, it's so worth it to make sure that we get everything perfect!

The studio diary

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Most of you know how busy the studio is right now, for those of you who are trying to plan time lines for your weddings and big events, I've decided it would be helpful if you could see how the studio diary is looking because I am getting booked up very quickly. Please don't panic if your ideal dates are booked, we still have some room for disappointment limitation but particularly if you were planning an outfit for before the end of October this year or next summer, please let me know as soon as possible, even just a brief outline, nothing has to be set in stone right now.

I am posting it here but it will also be up permanently in the 'articles and info' section, you can click on the image below to go to the main page!

Promised pictures...

I just had THE most amazing design idea, utterly gorgeous, I really want one!! Only had time to do a quick sketch in my design diary but it's there for future reference, very 'titanic' in a way, I can't wait to give it a go!!

In the mean time, here are the pictures of the burgundy and black dress that I promised yesterday:

This is the front view of the burgundy bustle skirt and corsetLink

oblique front view of the bustle skirt and corset

left side oblique view

left side off set back view

left side view of bustle skirt and corset

off set front view of corset and bustle skirt

right side view of corset and bustle skirt

right side off set view with a bit of lacing detail

the back view of the bustle skirt and corset

This outfit is going up for sale in the shop tomorrow, you will be able to view the product page in the 'ready to ship' and the 'classic wedding dresses' sections.

I will put much more information up on the product page, I am just putting the basics up here for now but do feel free to email me if you have any questions!
The corset measures:
Bust - 36"
Waist - 26"
Hip - 36"

The skirt is adjustable, the bustling can be un hooked and the length can be let down to change the look of the outfit, so you get more value for your money!

For the moment, it's back to work for me :)

hand drawn fine art steel boned corset

This is the first picture of the hand drawn corset that I have been dying to make for ages. I have had the initial sketches in my design journal for so long. I love the idea of wearable artwork and I have so many ideas for developing fine art concepts in to my corsetry. These hand drawn elements were all inspired by the abstract and cubist work by Picasso and Dali.
Although this corset is a cross over between corsetry and fine art, it is still constructed in the historical way, made with three layers of high quality heavy cotton canvas and calico. The boning channels are the classic victorian flat felled seams, it is steel boned through out and the two part eyelets are set in double boned re enforced boning channels making it perfect for tight lacing aswell as being a sensational conversation starter!