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CorsetDeal Blue Sweetheart Overbust (“Oiseau” style, chiffon hips) Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Blue Sweetheart ‘Oiseau’ overbust (with chiffon hips) Review”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Center front is 11″, from peak of the bust to the bottom is 14″ and the sides are about 15.5 inches. I’d recommend this corset for someone with a very short torso, or 5’2” or under. The silhouette is a very gentle hourglass – it does cinch me in a couple of inches, and the chiffon on the hips creates the illusion of wider hips which may be great for those who are looking to fill out any boyish figure.
Material Blue areas are 2 layers – the outer brocade and the inner cotton twill. On the hips, there are three layers – black satin covered in the gathered chiffon, and once again lined in the black cotton twill.
Construction 6 panel pattern. Panels are top-stitched at the seams, and then internal boning channels laid down, made of black twill.
Binding Binding at top and bottom are made from commercial black satin bias cut ribbon. It’s machine stitched on both sides, folded under nicely on the front and then topstitched to catch the rest of the binding on the underside. Also has 6 garter tabs.
Waist tape Internal waist tape made from 1” wide single-faced satin ribbon. It’s secured down at the boning channels. Far too high to actually be useful for me.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel, 8 inches wide made from polyester pinstripe on the outside and black twill on the underside. No placket beneath the busk.
Busk Slightly heavy duty, almost 1″ on each side. Stiffer than a standard flexible busk. 14″ long with 6 pins.
Boning 14 steel bones in this corset not including the busk. Single boned on the seams. The two bones that curve over the bust are made of spiral steel; all the other bones in this corset are spring steel. The bones on the sides stop well above the hip, so this style may be comfortable for those who don’t like the feeling of bones over the hips in longline corsets.
Grommets There are 24, 2-part size #00 grommets (12 on each side), finished in nickel. The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around, there is no fraying around the material, they’re not pulling out.
Laces Black flat nylon braided shoe-lace style. Very strong, grips fairly well. It has a little bit of spring. They are resistant to fraying and catching.
Price Currently $164 USD (£105 in UK).

 

Final Thoughts:
I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I bought this. It looked amazing on the website. I thought that the chiffon would simply accentuate the waist-hip ratio, but I wasn’t anticipating that the chiffon pieces would come up so high on the torso – in profile, the fluffy chiffon pieces actually make my abdomen look as if it’s protruding. It also doesn’t help that, in order to keep everything PG, I have to hike the corset up so that its waist tape is 2-3 inches above my natural waist. This is both uncomfortable and it looks terrible with my figure. On a person with a smaller bust and much shorter torso, I think this corset would sit better.

For those interested in trying a corset from CorsetDeal, I’ve found a coupon for 20% off anything on the CorsetDeal site here (aff link).

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CorsetDeal Silver/Black Gothic Overbust Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “CorsetDeal/Corsets-UK Gothic Overbust Review”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Gently curved, gives a slim silhouette without a lot of cinch. The center front is 14”. From the apex of the bust to the bottom is not quite 15″, and the longest part (the side, where the hips peak) is 15.5″. Good coverage in the bust.
Material Two layers; the outside has alternating panels of smocked shiny black PVC and flocked black and silver floral polyester brocade. The inside cotton twill.
Construction 6 panel pattern. Panels are top-stitched at the seams, with seam allowances always pressed toward the brocade side. Internal boning channels laid down made of black twill.
Binding The binding at top and bottom are black shiny PVC. Also has 6 garter tabs.
Waist tape Waist tape running through the corset, seen on the inside, made of 1” wide single-faced satin ribbon.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel, 7.5 inches wide made from silver/black brocade on the outside and black twill on the underside. Also has a 3″ wide placket beneath the front closure, made from PVC on the outside and twill on the underside.
Swing Hooks 5 large silver swing hooks riveted to half-inch-wide bones in the center front. The bones in front are 12.5″ long. Very strong, no sign of breaking or falling out. I like that there were 5 swing hooks used – the extra hook a the waist prevents bowing of the bones in this area.
Boning 14 steel bones in this corset not including the busk. Single boned on the seams. The two bones that curve over the bust are made of spiral steel; all the other bones in this corset are spring steel.
Grommets There are 24, 2-part size #0 grommets (12 on each side), finished in nickel. The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around, there is absolutely no fraying around the material, they’re not pulling out.
Laces Black flat nylon braided shoe-lace style. Very strong, grips fairly well. It has a little bit of spring. They are resistant to fraying and catching.
Price Currently around $164 USD or £105 GBP.

 

Final Thoughts:
This is such a fun corset. If I ever had tea at H.R. Giger’s house, this is probably what I would wear. It’s an interesting combination of elegance and edginess.
Of all the overbusts I’ve reviewed made by CorsetDeal/Corsets-UK/Punk69, this is the one that fit me the best. It’s also the corset that I was most impressed with in regards to workmanship/stitching – I know from personal experience that PVC is not easy to work with! I might have kept it in my collection if I had any place or reason to wear it, but unfortunately it’s not a style I often wear, and I don’t go out that often. This corset would be great for clubbing/performances, and for attracting some attention when going out on the town.

For those interested in trying a corset from CorsetDeal, I’ve found a coupon for 20% off anything on the CorsetDeal site here (aff link).

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CorsetDeal Waspie Underbust Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Longline Overbust Review (CorsetDeal/Corsets-UK)”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Has very little curve; gives me a more tubular/cylindrical shape than an hourglass. The center front is 11”. The shortest part at the side is 6.5″. Very short, does not come over the hips at all. Even so, I wouldn’t recommend this for people with wide hips.
Material Two layers; the outside heavy polyester satin fabric, and the inside cotton twill.
Construction 6 panel pattern. Panels are top-stitched at the seams, and then internal boning channels laid down, made of black twill.
Binding The binding at top and bottom are black polyester bias tape. Also has 6 garter tabs, but I advise not wearing garters with this corset as it’s so short.
Waist tape Waist tape running through the corset, seen on the inside, made of 1” wide single-faced satin ribbon.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel, 6.5 inches wide made from polyester pinstripe on the outside and black twill on the underside. No placket beneath the busk.
Busk Slightly heavy duty, almost 1″ on each side. Stiffer than a standard flexible busk. 10″ long with 5 pins.
Boning 14 steel bones in this corset not including the busk. Single boned on the seams; all the other bones in this corset are spring steel.
Grommets There are 16, 2-part size grommets (8 on each side), finished in nickel. The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around, there is some pulling away of the fabric on the grommets around the bunny ears at the waist.
Laces Black round nylon braided cord style. Very strong, although fairly slippery. It has no spring. They are resistant to fraying and catching.
Price Currently ranges from $40 USD – 70 USD (£25 to £45 in UK).

 

Final Thoughts:
Many moons ago, I bought an underbust corset (“Candy” style) from Corsets-UK. I think I tried it on perhaps twice before selling it, because I felt that my solar plexus was being crushed and my hips lost all circulation. I decided to give this company the benefit of the doubt by trying their Waspie underbust a bit more than a year later, to see if their pattern had improved – maybe this one would be curvier, or more comfortable since it’s cut higher on the hips. I was disappointed. I know that many customers are very happy with this company’s corsets, and if you have the body to pull off this style, then that’s great. However I have to say that this corset did not suit my body type. It didn’t flatter me, and when I had altered it to make it more flattering to my body type, the grommets gave out soon after. I’m sad to say that I doubt that I’ll order from this company again. 

For those interested in trying a corset from CorsetDeal, I’ve found a coupon for 20% off anything on the CorsetDeal site here (aff link).

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CorsetDeal Longline Pinstripe Overbust Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Longline Overbust Review (CorsetDeal/Corsets-UK)”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Gently curved, gives a slim silhouette without a lot of cinch. The center front is 15.5”. The longest part of the corset at the apex of the bust is 18”. Sweetheart neckline. Longline corset, ending low over the hips.
Material Two layers; the outside heavy polyester pinstripe fabric, and the inside cotton twill.
Construction 6 panel pattern. Panels are top-stitched at the seams, and then internal boning channels laid down, made of black twill.
Binding The binding at top and bottom are black polyester bias tape. Also has 6 garter tabs
Waist tape Waist tape running through the corset, seen on the inside, made of 1” wide single-faced satin ribbon.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel, 8 inches wide made from polyester pinstripe on the outside and black twill on the underside. No placket beneath the busk.
Busk Slightly heavy duty, almost 1″ on each side. Stiffer than a standard flexible busk. 14″ long with 6 pins.
Boning 14 steel bones in this corset not including the busk. Single boned on the seams. The two bones that curve over the bust are made of spiral steel; all the other bones in this corset are spring steel.
Grommets There are 32, 2-part size #0 grommets (16 on each side), finished in nickel. The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around, there is absolutely no fraying around the material, they’re not pulling out.
Laces Black flat nylon braided shoe-lace style. Very strong, grips fairly well. It has a little bit of spring. They are resistant to fraying and catching.
Price Currently ranges from $40 USD – 85 USD (£25 to £54 in UK).

 

Final Thoughts:

After experiencing the unflattering way the shorter Corsetdeal overbusts barely covered my girls, I opted for a longline style instead. This was a slightly better fit. I definitely felt that my bust was more secure, and the position of the waist tape was in a more reasonable place, although still not right at my waistline (it was sitting perhaps an inch above my natural waist).

The pattern for the overbust corsets have the same bust/waist/hip circumference as the pattern for the regular overbusts, so keep this in mind. It’s as if they took the original pattern and simply stretched it out vertically to elongate it (i.e. what they did not do, was theoretically take the original pattern and extrapolate the lines to longer [and wider] top and bottom edges). I hope at explanation made sense – if not I will draw a diagram for you all. How this translated to fit on me, is that it fixed the flaring issues that I had at the hips in my shorter overbust corsets, but it resulted in the appearance of a less curvy corset overall. Therefore I recommend this corset to buyers who are tall/ have a long torso, and are either slim/ruler shaped, or slightly apple shaped. If you are a pear or natural hourglass shape, there is a possibility that this corset may not be curvy enough for you.

I didn’t have any problems on my hipbones here in terms of the pattern itself, although the placement of the internal bones at the side seams was unfortunate, as the rigid spring steel bones sat right over a nerve on my iliac crest, causing some chafing and discomfort. The problem was partially resolved by simply replacing the flat bones on the sides with more flexible spiral steel boning, which was a surprisingly easy operation.

For those interested in trying a corset from CorsetDeal, I’ve found a coupon for 20% off anything on the CorsetDeal site here (aff link).

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CorsetDeal Steampunk Overbust Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “CorsetDeal Steampunk Overbust Corset Review”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Gently curved, gives a slim silhouette without a lot of cinch. The center front is 14”. The longest part of the corset at the apex of the bust is 14.5” so it’s a VERY gentle sweetheart neckline, barely any difference in height from center front to top of bust. Fits like a demi-bust on me and not a longline corset.
Material Two layers; the outside heavy polyester brocade and the inside cotton twill. The binding and decorative external channels are faux leather.
Construction 6 panel pattern. Panels are top-stitched at the seams, and then internal boning channels laid down, made of black twill. The external faux-leather boning channels are simply decorative and have no bones. The buttons and chains on the side are finished in Antique Brass and they’re set into grommets which means that it shouldn’t fall off like other sewn-on buttons do.
Binding The binding at top and bottom are faux leather. Folded under on the front, but on the inside it’s just stitched down and the raw edge is visible. This is typical of leather or PVC type binding as it reduces bulk. Will not fray.
Waist tape Waist tape running through the corset, seen on the inside, made of 1” wide single-faced satin ribbon.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel, 7 inches wide made from brocade on the outside and black twill on the underside. There is also a 2 inch wide unboned placket under the front fastener, made from the same fabrics.
Front Closure (Swing hooks) NO BUSK!  There is a flat bone 3/8” wide on either side of the opening in the center front, where these large swing hooks were fastened. I believe that they could have added 1 more set of hooks in the front and spaced them closer together, as I’m noticing that the bones at the waistline are wanting to bow out slightly. For this reason (and because of the mild curves of the corset) I recommend getting this corset only 2-4 inches smaller than your natural waist even if you are able to cinch down more than that.
Boning 14 steel bones in this corset not including the center front. Single boned on the seams. The two bones that curve over the bust are made of spiral steel; all the other bones in this corset are spring steel.
Grommets There are 24, 2-part size #0 grommets (12 on each side), finished in antique brass. The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around, there is absolutely no fraying around the material, they’re not pulling out like a couple of them were in the taffeta corset.
Laces Brown flat nylon braided shoe-lace style. Very strong, grips fairly well. I find it nice that all the colours in this corset blend well together.
Price Currently £105 in the UK ($165 in the USA).

Final Thoughts:

This was the first style I had seen of the 2012 collection from Corsets-UK/ CorsetDeal, and I was floored. After so many years of the same classic (tired) designs, at last this was something cool, fun, affordable and usable for more situations than just “burlesque dress up” like their frillier options. And in many ways, it was fun and cool – I loved the rich chocolatey brocade, the faux leather trim and casings, the various chains and other hardware… but it was also a bit dangerous on the top edge. I’m wondering if the models the company used on the site was short-waisted (or just short stature) because wow, the corset was kind of low cut on me, and the waist tape was several inches higher than my natural waist. I’ve now seen this corset on other customers; they’re of smaller frame than I am and it looks incredible on them.

This was the first corset I owned that had the swing hooks. My goodness, I love those swing hooks! However I wish that there were 5 of them instead of just 4. I was sort of beginning to see the center front edge beginning to bow out (it could just be the fabric and not the bones) and felt that could have been avoided if the hooks were placed closer together and an additional one were added right at the waist where there was most tension.

As for any actual cinch in this corset, I didn’t experience much. Yes the corset does take me in a few inches on the inside of the corset, but this corset is so heavy and bulky that I don’t really look cinched at all on the outside – so keep this in mind when ordering. This corset is primarily for a fun addition to an outfit, and not suitable for tightlacing or waist training. This style of corset also has about an 8 inch difference between bust and waist – for example, on that 24″ corset, the bust measurement was 32″.

Update: For those interested in trying a corset from CorsetDeal, I’ve found a coupon for 20% off anything on the CorsetDeal site here (aff link).

Corset Dimensions Directory (Lace-Base)

Guide for measurements: B = bust, U = underbust, W = waist, H = high hip (iliac), L = low hip (at lap), P = Princess seam
Guide for measurements: B = bust, U = underbust, W = waist, H = high hip (iliac), L = low hip (at lap), P = Princess seam

Many corset websites talk about the curviness of their products, but I’m a bit more analytical than that; I like seeing hard numbers! This page has been created to help you compare the measurements of the standard sized, OTR and RTW corsets with your own body measurements. Ever heard of the Bratabase? Consider this the “Lace-Base”. (Thank you to a special someone for the name inspiration!).

To use these charts: Scroll down the list alphabetically OR use your word search function to find the brand you’re looking for. Ideally the corset’s bust, underbust and hip measurements should be as close as possible to your natural measurements. The waist of the corset should be 2-6 inches less than your natural waist, depending on your preference. If you wear a different corset size, scroll down further to the proportional “spring” chart to calculate if a different size would work for you.
Center front length and princess seam length are also provided for both underbusts and overbusts. For reference, see the diagram to the left. See the footnotes at the bottom of this page for more tips and information.

Why are there no corset pictures? Because it would take a very long time to load every photo of every corset on one page, and those with limited data plans or slow connections prefer a more bare-bones page. Brand names that are hyperlinked in pink will lead you to my corset review where you can get more information. 

If you don’t see the corset listed here: This means that I haven’t tried it/ owned it, AND/OR measurements are not available from another source, AND/OR the corset is not available in a standard size (the measurements of my custom-sized corsets are a bit moot since they will obviously be different for you.

Contribute measurements! If you’re a corset maker who has a standard size chart or an owner of a standard-sized corset, you’re welcome to submit measurements of your corsets if it’s not yet present in the table (or if your corset’s measurements vary wildly from what’s shown in the table). If you don’t know how to measure your corsets precisely, see my video guide hereBrand names in blue are guest submissions or came from sizing charts from the seller’s website.

All measurements are in inches (to convert to cm, multiply by 2.54).

 

 

 

 

 

Corset Dimensions Chart - Proportional "Spring" Measurements

This chart shows you the circumferential measurements as compared to the waist, so corset size matters less here as many corsets are scaled up to have the same amount of "spring". An example of "spring" is if a corset has a waist of 30", underbust of 36" and hips of 40". The waist would be set to zero, the underbust would be 6" (since it's 6 inches larger than the waist) and the hips would be 10" (since the hips are 10" larger than the waist).
Corset BrandBust
(OB only)
Underbust
(UB only)
High hip
(iliac)
Low hip
(longline only)
Length:
Center Front
Length:
Princess/ Lap
Corset BrandBust
(OB only)
Underbust
(UB only)
High hip
(iliac)
Low hip
(longline only)
Length:
Center Front
Length:
Princess/ Lap
Amazon (Muka overbust) size small7 —61415
Atelier de LaFleur
Longline underbust
6911129
Axfords C112 overbust10 —1012.513
Axfords C242 underbust6121111
Azrael's Accomplice Curvy Girl101112.510
Bad Attitude Boutique "Lady Jane"8813.515.5
Boom Boom Baby Boutique
Lace overbust
9914.516
Boom Boom Baby Boutique
Short underbust
4810.7510.5
Boom Boom Baby Boutique
Longline underbust
7101312
Burleska Athena underbust681214.512
Burleska steel-boned Longline underbust68111310.5
Camellia's Waspie / Short Torso / Cincher2.569.58.5
Corsets Blvd Global overbust11101316.516
Corset Connection Flora underbust —4811.510
Corset Connection Sadie underbust —349.58
Corsets-UK WT overbust8101415
Corsets-UK Candy WT underbust4614.512
Corset-Story MY waspie45116.5 (side seam)
Corset Story "Instant Shape" overbust8281415.5
Corset Story "Instant Shape" underbust38109
Corset Story "Waist Taming" overbust9491416
Dark Garden Cincher610119.5
Dark Garden Corselette4
(low rib)
6115.5 (side seam)
Dark Garden Risqué overbust104121516.5
Dark Garden Valentine overbust104121516.5
Electra Designs
Sweetheart overbust 22T
127101315.517
Electra Designs Longline Underbust
(new pattern) size 22T
711119
Electra Designs Pointed Cincher
(old pattern) Size 20T
4
(low rib)
12116.5 (side seam)
Eternal Spirits Audrey OB
Size 10
106101412
Gallery Serpentine UBVic3.57138.5 (side seam)
Glamorous Corset "Bella" cincher4586.5 (side seam)
Glamorous Corset "Dita" underbust7712.510.5
Glamorous Corset "Emma" underbust6610.510
Glamorous Corset "Jenna" overbust791515.5
Glamorous Corset "Jolie" longline8101213.510
Glamorous Corset "Lara" underbust71012.59.5
Isabella Corsetry
Bat Cincher
791211.510
Isabella Corsetry
Josephine Underbust *
711141310.5
Isabella Corsetry
Petite Josephine
711119
Isabella Corsetry
Katherine
811151310.5
Isabella Corsetry
Victorian Underbust
7911.59
JC Creations Men's corset78119 (side seam)
Love of Corsets
Long Brocade underbust
681310.5
Love of Corsets
Black Satin Waist Trainer
481310
Meschantes training underbust581110
Morgana Femme Couture longline681213.511.5
Ms. Martha's CorsetVest
Size Medium
111214.519
Ms. Martha's Geometric Cincher
Size Medium
610128 (side seam)
Mystic City MCC 2081497
Mystic City MCC 35814109.5
Mystic City MCC 3881211.58 (side seam)
Mystic City MCC 3910.518-20 (hip ties)23-25 (hip ties)129
Mystic City MCC 5491315129
Mystic City MCC 5781215139
Mystic City MCC 6081412.58.5 (side seam)
Mystic City MCC 6381214119
Mystic City MCC 64101214-18 (hip ties)12.510
Mystic City MCC 68812-14 (hip ties)14-18 (hip ties)12.510.5
Mystic City MCC 69 Long8101212.510.5
Mystic City MCC 7281010.758.5 (side seam)
Mystic City MCC 90 (masculine)12101214.513
Mystic City MCC 95 (masculine)12121311
Mystic City MCC 104 (anti-muffin)81417139.5
Orchard Corset CS-201
Mesh Waspie
51097.5 (side seam)
Orchard Corset CS-301
Waspie/ mini-corset
4686.5 (side seam)
Orchard Corset CS-34568139
Orchard Corset CS-411
(standard) underbust
48-9108.5 (side seam)
Orchard Corset CS-411 Longline6101211
Orchard Corset CS-426 Longline610131310.5
Orchard Corset CS-426 Longline (with hip ties)610-14 (hip ties)13-20 (hip ties)1310.5
Orchard Corset CS-426 Standard (previously "short") 510108.5
Orchard Corset CS-426 Standard (previously "short") with hip ties612-20 (hip ties)108.5
Orchard Corset CS-511
Overbust
88131516
Orchard Corset CS-530 overbust10681516
Papercats Overbust1010121416.5
Papercats Cherry Underbust —61112.510
Pop Antique14912.514
Puimond Plunge overbust11791214
Puimond Wicked Plunge OB11710121317
Rebel Madness underbust5911
Rebel Madness new Training Underbust
Rebel Madness
Rebel Madness overbust10101718.5
Restyle CU underbust9.51410.5
Restyle Wide Hip (WH) underbust7.51213.5129
RetroFolie Alyssum (shorter) underbust —810119.5
RetroFolie Azalea (longline) underbust —8121310
Romantasy
"Simple Pleasures" cincher
46106.5
Serindë overbust910121414.5
Serindë longline underbust51113128.5
Serindë short underbust510108.5 (side seam)
Snobz Banquet Overbust10121715
Stormy Leather Lombard
size Small
64101516
Sugarkitty Corsets overbust1011
Sweet Carousel overbust811
Timeless Trends GEMINI (Lucia Corsetti)81216119.5
Timeless Trends underbust **47129.5
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS underbust **6.51011.59
Timeless Trends cincher **238.56.5
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS cincher **478.256.5
Timeless Trends longline **2-38-10+10-16+ (hip ties)1311
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS longline **6.57-12+12-20+ (hip ties)1311
Timeless Trends overbust
Size 24L
88-10+10-16+ (hip ties)1415
True Corset Dragon cincher5799
True Corset Long WT cincher66-7138.5
True Corset Mesh cincher589.59
True Corset Overbust828111516
Valkyrie Corsets Bellecurve underbust6131613 (regular)
12 (short)
11 (regular)
10 (short)
Valkyrie Corsets Contoured underbust7111313 (regular)
12 (short)
11 (regular)
10 (short)
Valkyrie Corsets Longline underbust8111413 (regular)
12 (short)
10.5 (regular)
9.5 (short)
Vanyanis Alecto (& Lilian) Underbust612161110
Vanyanis Andrea Cincher6886 (side seam)
Vanyanis Ruby Underbust612128.5
Velda Lauder Bridal overbust6101316
Versatile Dita underbust68129
Versatile Foxglove underbust67-11+12-18+ (hip ties)13.512.5
Versatile Lotus overbust9121618
Versatile Mimosa overbust
Size 22D
124813.515.5
Versatile Scarlett overbust6101416
Versatile Snapdragon cincher681010
Versatile Valerian overbust910-16+ (hip ties)1617.5
Vollers Aida underbust (#1916)469.57
Vollers Nicole underbust661012.512.5
Vollers Paradise overbust (#1808)8813.517
WKD Luna Cincher36.586.5
WKD Luna Extreme Cincher58.586.5
WKD Morticia Nouveau underbust610131110
WKD Morticia Nouveau Extreme underbust812151110
WKD Zita underbust48101110
WKD Zita Extreme underbust410121110
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WKD Baby underbust
61277
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WKD Elsa underbust
71513.2511
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WKD Gina underbust
489.59
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WKD Lily underbust
51310.59
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WKD Mae underbust
4101212
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WKD Mae Extreme underbust
6121212
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WKD Morticia underbust
8 (6)1113 (11)1310.5
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WKD Riding Corset (waspie)
61010.256.5 (side seam)
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WKD Extreme Riding Corset (waspie)
71110.256.5 (side seam)
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WKD Vamp underbust
81311.510
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WKD Antoinette overbust
1010121415.5
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WKD Sophia overbust
85911.7515.5
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WKD Storm overbust
106101214.515.5

 

Other helpful notes:

  • Measurements with a large range in the hip area (e.g. 32-40″+) mean that the corset has expandable side hip ties, which can be adjusted for comfort.
  • Unless stated, the size of each corset is also the waist measurement (you will see any other size notes in the “Corset Brand” cell). Corsets that have an odd waist size may sometimes mean that I’ve owned them a long time and they’ve likely stretched, OR the corset maker simply offers unconventional standard sizes.
  • All measurements are the CLOSED corset measurements, with no gap in the back. Like I said, I prefer hard numbers. Gaps complicate things.
  • Princess/ lap length pertains to the length along the “princess seam”, which is halfway between the front and the side. If you drew a line starting from your left nipple, straight down your torso to where your left leg meets your torso, this it the line along which the length is measured. Why is this important? In an underbust, it will tell you whether a corset is too tall for you to be able to sit down. The length from under your breast to the top of your lap should be the same number or more than the length of the corset. In an overbust, this number will tell you whether the corset will cover your breasts completely. I still recommend that you watch the reviews for each corset, as measurements sometimes don’t give the whole picture either.

Footnotes:

* After speaking with many different owners of the Isabella Josephine underbust corset (as well as Isabella Corsetry), it’s been determined that the proportions of my Josephine are for some reason more curvy than the others. So the measurements of this corset are the average of those I’ve spoken with, not the proportions of my specific corset.

** Timeless Trends corsets have an old stock and their new Hourglass silhouette stock. Please be sure that you’re ordering the correct one for your measurements!

 

 

 

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Snobz Banquet Overbust Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Snobz Banquet Overbust Review” which you can watch on YouTube here:

Fit, length Center front is about 16 inches high; the highest part (from the apex of the bust) is 15 inches high. Gives a flattering moderate hourglass silhouette. Appropriate for average or shorter torso length. It is slightly longline with a low dip in the center front bottom edge. I would also recommend this for moderately-busted women (B-C cup).
Material 2 layers; fashion layer is 100% polyester satin, and the lining is polycotton twill.
Construction 5 panel pattern. Internal boning channels also made of twill.
Binding Commerical black satin bias tape machine stitched on both sides; see video for how they bound the top edge.
Waist tape 1″ wide ribbon as exposed waist tape secured under the boning channels.
Modesty panel No modesty panel; one can be ordered for £10. No placket by the busk.
Busk Wide busk (1″ wide on each side) about 15″ long (7 pins), fairly sturdy albeit quite long.
Boning 22 steel bones not including busk. 16 spirals (1/4″ wide) in external channels, 4 flats (1/4″ wide) sandwiching the grommets, also two spirals beside the busk.
Grommets 28 grommets total, size #00 one-part grommets with moderate flange; set equidistantly, no splits, no pulling out of grommets however there is no washer and the grommets are set backwards compared to what I’m used to. I’m not sure yet if this is normal grommet policy for Snobz.
Laces Fine nylon braided shoe-lace style laces; quite thin, they grip well and they are very long, no springiness and quite strong.
Price Plain satin version of this is currently £127 in the UK, or $200 USD

Final Thoughts:
I really love the shape of this corset, and I’m able to achieve a decent reduction in it. For a 5-panel pattern, it gives a beautiful and balanced silhouette – I am so sad that the waist-to-top vertical measurement is just far too short for my torso. Since the website states that the length of the corset was 17 inches, I had expected the entire length to be shifted 3-4 inches higher. On my figure, this Banquet corset is reminiscent of other “1700’s” style neckline overbusts that I’ve tried (including the Antoinette corset by WKD and the Gothic overbust by Corsets-UK), with a further inch cut out of the center front panels which my mother has dubbed (to my horror) the “nipple shelf.” This corset would fit someone who is short waisted, high waisted or smaller busted… or if you are none of the above, strive to wear this over a blouse.

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Corsets-UK Overbust “Waist Training” Corset Review

This entry is a summary of the review video “Corsets-UK ‘Waist Training’ Overbust Review”. If you would like more complete information and side notes about the corset, you can watch the video on YouTube here:

Fit, length Gently curved. The center front is 14”. The longest part of the corset at the apex of the bust is a little over 15”. Very straight back, I wouldn’t recommend this for people with swayback.
Material Two MAIN layers, the outer red taffeta and inner black twill, but both have fusible interfacing on the inside.
Construction 6 panel pattern. The seams appear to be lock-stitched, NOT top stitched. The bones are sandwiched between the layers of fabric. The lining is attached to the other layers by stitching in the ditch.
Binding Binding at top and bottom are black taffeta. I would have preferred binding in red to match the rest of the corset. Machine stitched on both sides.
Waist tape One-inch-wide waist tape running through the corset, hidden between the layers.
Modesty panel Unboned modesty panel in the back made from red taffeta on the outside and black twill on the underside. There’s no placket under the busk.
Busk Heavy duty busk, a little less than 1” wide on each side. It’s 12.5” long with 6 pins.
Boning 24 steel bones in this corset. Double-boned on the seams, there are 10 ¼” wide spiral steels on each side, and then sandwiching the grommets are 2 spring steel bones each about 7mm wide.
Grommets There are 24, 2-part size #0 grommets (12 on each side). The grommets are sturdy with moderate size lip around and no obvious splits on the underside. There is some pulling away of the fabric from the grommets at the waist (around the “bunny ears”).
Laces Round braided nylon cords, NOT flat laces as one sees in other brands of corsets. They glide smoothly through the grommets but I find that they don’t grip well, meaning my corset tends to loosen over time. It’s extremely strong, hard to break, but I would rather replace the laces.
Price Currently £72 in the UK ($114 USD).

 

Final Thoughts

I actually ordered this corset a long time before I finally actually got around to reviewing it. This doesn’t mean that I wore it a lot, though. It was a lovely little piece and I liked how smooth the satin was around my body – prior to this corset, I experienced satin wrinkling up from stress on the corset, particularly at the waist, but it didn’t happen in this situation because it was fused to another layer. That was one thing I did like about it.

The fit of this sweetheart overbust corset is much more comfortable and more flattering than their underbust corsets. In the overbusts, the bust is 8 inches larger than the waist, and the hips are 10 inches larger in the waist. In the underbust corsets, the ribcage is only 4 inches larger than the waist, and the hips 6 inches larger than the waist. Why did they make the hips so much smaller in the underbust compared to the overbust? Anyway, for this reason a lot of people would naturally decide to use an overbust to train in. In my experience, underbust corsets are usually easier to breathe in (since they don’t extend so high up the ribcage), easier for mobility, and easier to hide under clothing. I just wish that this brand’s underbust corsets were curvier! I did try to cut this overbust down to an underbust, and failed miserably because of the way the bones were sewn into the corset and can’t be removed.

Is it theoretically possible to waist train in a Corsets-UK or CorsetDeal “waist training” corset? I have sorta seen it done in the past (there are die-hard Corsets-UK fans out there who don’t use any other brand), but I can’t guarantee that it’s going to be as safe or effective compared to a custom waist training corset. Even the owner of Corset Wholesale said that there’s no point in comparing a $40 corset with a custom made corset. Therefore, don’t expect a cheaper corset to do the same job as a custom one.