Madame Sher Mesh underbust corset Review

This post is a summary of the Madame Sher black mesh cincher Review, which you can watch on Youtube if you prefer:

Fit, length Front is about 11 inches long, from the shortest part (close to the side seam) is 8.5 inches long. The top and bottom edges in front and back are slightly pointed, as many ribbon cincher styles seem to be. I consider this a “modern” hourglass shape (cupped ribs and cupped hips) although some may consider it a wasp waist silhouette. I submitted my measurements to Madame Sher, so this corset was custom made for my figure.
Material 1 main layer: it’s mostly a black soft mesh, which feels like cotton (it feels similar to cross-stich canvas). It has a small amount of stretch, but still strong. Vertical panels (in front, side and back) is black cotton twill.
Construction 13 literal panels, but technically you can consider it a 5 panel pattern. The horizontal “ribbon” panels are assembled with a flat-felled seam, then are sandwiched between the twill vertical panels (which are also double-stitched).
Binding Black binding made from bias strips of matching black twill. Machine stitched on outside and inside (Madame Sher mentions that it’s stronger this way).
Waist tape Most ribbon cinchers don’t incorporate a waist tape usually, but the center “ribbon” panels closest to the waist are also lined in black twill, which helps reinforce this area. Although it might stretch a little bit, the corset itself still gives me a great silhouette.
Modesty panel Interesting modesty panel – fully boned (the bones going vertically) and covered in black twill. My corset came with 2 panels (one was 6″ wide, one was 8″ wide) and they are removable/ interchangeable using small ribbons and grommets. Also, this has an unstiffened modesty placket under the busk.
Busk Sturdy special busk, about 3/4″ wide about 10.5″ long (5 pins). The busk is cut on an angle, and te binding is sewn only a couple of millimeters away from the end of the busk! Madame Sher commissions a local jeweller to make her busks, which are easily recognisable from the square loops!
Boning 8 total bones not including busk. On each side there are two 1/2″ wide heavy spiral steel bones. On the back by the grommets there are two pairs  On each side they are double boned on the seams (1/4″ wide), 2 sturdier flat-steel bones sandwiching the grommets which are closer to 1/4″ wide.
Grommets 24 grommets total, size #00 two-part grommets with small flange; set equidistantly, no wear/fraying/pulling out of grommets, but many splits. However they don’t seem to catch on the laces much.
Laces Very thin (less than 1/8″ wide) nylon rat-tail laces, very strong, glides through the grommets quite well.
Price At the time that I’m writing, it is $220 USD on Madame Sher’s website in the Tight Comfort section.

Final Thoughts:

I adore this corset. It is one of my least expensive custom fit corsets that I own, yet it is one of the most comfortable. When I’m having a “lazy” or comfortable day, or if it feels too hot to wear a full cotton corset, then I’ll wear this mesh piece. It feels breezy and looks wonderful under dresses as well.

There is only one small thing to note about wearing this corset under clothing – because the cincher has horizontal “ribbon” panels, then the lines or bulges under a dress is not vertical (as would be usual, due to boning channels, mostly) but rather in this case the cincher creates horizontal bulges. Depending on who you are and what your BMI is, you may find that it looks a little bit like a ribcage under your dress. However, I do find that this corset is MUCH less conspicuous under clothing compared to some other corsets! Another perk is that this corset is so soft and lightweight that it’s one of the few that I feel comfortable directly next to my skin, if I want to wear stealth on hot days. Because it came with two modesty panels that can be quickly and easily switched out, it means I can have one in the wash and one to wear.

I was intrigues with Madame Sher’s corsets because of her unique construction and materials: I have never had a soft summer mesh corset like this before (I had owned the Contour Corsets summer mesh corset, but that one is very heavy duty!), and also have relatively little experience with ribbon cinchers. The modesty panel’s full horizontal boning and attachment are also unique, as is the special square busk, and even the rat-tail lacing! This is a beautiful example of ingenuity, and it goes to show that not all corsets have to be created the same way.

If I were to go back and order another mesh corset from Madame Sher, I would likely spend the $50 more to try out the full mesh underbust (both to try something different, and also because I think it would be more sturdy due to more boning and satin waist tape). I have no complaints about the cincher, but I think I might prefer the full underbust in the future. Although this corset is so unique that I cannot really compare it to anything else, I would say it’s excellent for the value.

You can find the summer mesh cincher and other styles on Madame Sher’s website here.

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7 comments on “Madame Sher Mesh underbust corset Review

  1. Mahogany on said:

    Hi Lucy,
    I am deciding between the Madame Sher Mesh corset and the WKD baby corset. Which one is the most comfortable corset? I wear my corset sporadically depending on my outfit. I want a corset that feels and looks invisible under a full-skirt.

    • Hello Mahogany, I consider the Madame Sher mesh corset more comfortable but it’s a bit subjective. Also the Madame Sher corset was custom made to my measurements, and it’s a bit longer through the torso, and the silhouette is completely different so each of them has a different effect when worn under clothing.

  2. Hey lucy , do you think madam sher corsets are suitable for waist training 23 / 7? ..
    If not what custom made corset do you recommend for under 300 dollars

  3. Romina on said:

    Hey Lucy how much was the shipping for this? Her mesh corsets are so pretty, plus they’re quite cheap. I’m deciding between Madame Sher and Do Balakobako (do you have an opinion about them?), since they’re both from Brazil and I’m from Uruguay 🙂 I’d love supporting some South American corset makers, plus they totally get the “it’s REALLY humid and hot to wear a corset” thing. The corset I own is a heavy duty cotton one (a Mystic City), so there’s no way I can use it past winter… In summer it’s easily 36°C and 100% humidity. Thanks for your help <3

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Romina, unfortunately I’ve never tried a Do Balakobako corset – I love the look of her work but I don’t know anything about the quality or strength of it! Shipping of 2 corsets (an overbust and underbust) from Brazil to Canada cost about $60 if I remember correctly. 🙂 Rather expensive, but it arrived in just a few days!

  4. I am a male but want to purchase a corset. do you sell to large males, I’m 220 pounds and 6’1

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Daniel, yes I have sold corsets to men before. If you check my Silver line of corsets, these are new, standard-sized corsets. There are two men’s versions, but many men have also purchased the standard and longline underbusts marketed for women (they just choose a more subtle fabric if necessary).

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