Asymmetric Corsets for Scoliosis (or other skeletal issues)

Note that this post is a copy of the same one under the “Research Corset Brands –> Guided Galleries” menu. It is part of a collection of articles to help corset enthusiasts shop more wisely.

Realistically speaking, no human being is perfectly symmetric. We all have some variance in our frame or how we distribute our tissues, and more often than not, one side of our bodies is stronger (and has more muscle tone) than the other side. This all has an effect on how we are able to cinch down and what silhouette of corsets fit our bodies best, but our bodies are incredibly accommodating and most of us can get away with symmetric corsets. However, those who have scoliosis or other congenital skeletal conditions, and those who have suffered injuries (for instance, a broken bone from childhood that results in an uneven pelvis or protruding rib) may have such great asymmetry that wearing a cheap OTR corset may look crooked or twist on the body, ruining the corset. More worrying, a symmetric corset can be painful or may cause other issues from not fitting correctly.

The right kind of asymmetric corset can work with the client’s body to make it look more symmetric, and will feel more comfortable. A well-fitted asymmetric corset may relieve back pain from scoliosis or past injury, or possibly even partially correct asymmetry over time. Here are the few corsetieres I know who have created corsets for asymmetric clients in the past:

Contour Corsets asymmetric corrective corset brace for client with scoliosis

Contour Corsets is arguably the most well-known corsetiere for asymmetric corsets. Having an asymmetric figure herself, Fran learned from early on how to draft a corset for various issues like scoliosis, protruding ribs or hips, legs of different lengths, a rotated pelvis and more. Depending on the condition, she can draft a corset to simply fit well over asymmetry and make it look like a symmetric corset, or she can design the corset to apply pressure to certain parts of the body to partially correct the asymmetry. The silver corset above is designed to straighten spinal curvature over time in a patient with severe scoliosis. Fran has a page dedicated to her medical corsets here.

Totally Waisted! Corsets asymmetric overbust

Totally Waisted! Corsets asymmetric overbust

Katrina of Totally Waisted! Corsets is experienced in creating asymmetric corsets for clients with scoliosis or other issues. She takes separate measurements for each quadrant of the client, and requires an in-person mockup fitting to ensure everything fits properly and feels comfortable. She then artfully uses strategically-placed external boning channels to hide the asymmetry and create a beautifully smooth corset.

Electra Designs asymmetric high-backed underbust with posture-correcting shoulder straps

Electra Designs also has much experience creating asymmetric corsets, and she expertly hides the asymmetry in the corset shown above via artistic placement of the decorative black piping. Alexis also uses unique lacing bones in the back of all her corsets, which ensures that her 2-part eyelets never rip out. The lacing bones are not fusion-coated so they flex and hug the natural lumbar curve and don’t force an unnatural or unhealthy posture, and the bones don’t dig into the tailbone or top of the bum. Lastly, this corset has shoulder straps for correcting hunched shoulders.

Sparklewren asymmetric underbust (Model: KathTea Katastrophy)

Sparklewren has also experimented with asymmetric corsets, such as this custom underbust made for petite alternative model KathTea Katastrophy. In addition to each half  having different measurements, the deliberate diagonal embellishment draws the eye away from physical asymmetry. KathTea is very public about her scoliosis and subsequent physical asymmetry. You can read more about her adventures in tightlacing with scoliosis here.

Morua Designs bridal overbust, starts at £425

Morua Designs bridal overbust, starts at £425

Morua Designs has made asymmetric corsets in the past, like this beautiful bridal ensemble. The bride had one breast larger than the other, but through clever pattern drafting the asymmetry was expertly concealed, made even more impressive that the use of a very symmetric lace motif in the front did not draw attention to any asymmetry in the body. Gerry also travels from the US to the UK, so if you have asymmetry issues, it would be best to contact her for the possibility of an in-person fitting. Overbust corsets start at £425.

Delicate Facade Corsetry is also said to make asymmetric corsets; one client mentions that the owner of DFC herself has scoliosis and she has over 13 years experience in drafting corsets.

Although I haven’t personally seen a photo of this particular corset, Harman Hay (the owner of Foundations Revealed) has also created an asymmetric corset for a client in the past; she describes that she started with a symmetric toile and adjusted each side separately during the fitting. Some lines were curved off the body where they would normally be straight when worn, and the final piece was said to be beautiful and perfectly fitted.

*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in these guided galleries. This is for informational purposes only, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical practitioner. If you have scoliosis or other health concerns that cause your asymmetry, please talk to your doctor, orthopedic technician or chiropractor before using a corset to correct your posture (or for any other reason).

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6 comments on “Asymmetric Corsets for Scoliosis (or other skeletal issues)

  1. Marlin on said:

    I have scoliosis what corset should I wear and where can I buy it at

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Marlin, if you’re looking for a corrective-style corset brace, I would contact Contour Corsets (the first brand mentioned in this article).

  2. I just recently learned that my lower ribs (the ones right above the floating ribs) stick out more on one side than the other (this explains why my previous corsets always rub uncomfortably there and have even caused that side to bruise! I’d never realized that it was always the same side and thought it was something I just had to “get used to”). Before discovering this, I’d ordered a custom underbust corset from Romantasy and now I’m worried it’s not going to fit. I can’t be measured by them in person because I don’t live anywhere near them. Do you have any tips for how to measure/explain the issue in the hopes that the corsetiere can accommodate this anyway? (Assuming they’re not too far along in construction, sigh….)

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Some corsetieres can draft for a protruding rib, while others will say that such a rib can be eventually trained back into place over a lot of time and gentle coaxing (i.e. not going tight enough to bruise, but just snug enough to push it in the direction you want it to go). But I would HIGHLY recommend contacting your corsetieres ASAP!! The sooner the better, especially as your corset may already be in construction.

  3. Hi Lucy!

    I’ve watched a lot of your videos and they’re part of what encouraged me to take the final step and actually try corseting. I really enjoy it, and watch your latest vids to see what you’re up to.

    This doesn’t have anything to do with this particular blog post but I didn’t know how else to address it. I’ve watched the videos you’ve posted about “Why Not Just Lose Weight?” and your Genie Bra videos and um, well, there’s no way for me to say this without sounding creepy, I guess, but as a woman, I am flabbergasted by the cleavage you have when you’re wearing a corset. I guess I wanted to ask you about it, haha. Do you think corseting has increased what’s going on upstairs? I’ve heard about “fat pads” being moved around but haven’t ever been able to find any serious studies or information about it. You mentioned in the genie bra video that it’s the most comfortable you know of to wear with corsets but I notice that in that video you’re not as, erm, cleavagey as in some of your recent videos. (Sheesh, I sound so creepy. I’m sorry!) I guess I was just wondering, are there any other bras you suggest and/or use for your corset reviews? If you feel privacy-invaded by this comment I sincerely apologize and feel free to ignore or delete it from your blog. Hope I wasn’t too intrusive.

    • bishonenrancher on said:

      Hi Sue, the corset doesn’t really have anything to do with the size of my breasts. In my video “Why Don’t I just Lose Weight?”, those pictures of me spanned age 20 to about 23 if I remember correctly. My bust grew because of weight gain, also as a side effect of the medications I was on for about 5 years (it messed with my estrogen levels) and because I had what I call a “horizontal growth spurt” around age 23-24 where my metabolism changed. But next week I already have another bra review planned; it’s for the Enell Sport bra which has no underwire. I’m not too concerned about how much cleavage I have from my bra; if anything I could do with a smaller bust, which is probably why I like the minimization effect of the Genie Bra.

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