43 thoughts on “Corset Consultation

  1. Thanks so much! This really helps. I definitely prefer a more sturdy corset, and trouble lacing could be a real issue as a beginner. I contacted Isabella corsetry to see if an OTR style will work or if I should order the Josephine to my measurements. I’ll keep check on your site to see if/when you start consultations again. I would very much like one a few months down the road when I begin to choose a custom piece. Thanks again!

  2. What do you think of heavy-duty latex fajas/shapers such as squeem, vedette, etc?

    When post-partum I found myself (obviously) unable to fit into my custom corset. I’m no longer post-partum, but it seems like its going to take a loooooong while for me to get there as well. I also developed a slight prolapse during pregnancy and/or labor. Because I can’t afford to buy multiple corsets to meet my rapidly changing waist, I’ve been using latex shapers. I obviously don’t get the waist reduction that a corset gives but one thing I do like is that I can put it on upside down! What I mean is, I do a “glute bridge” position, which tends to shift all of the pelvic organs upward and do a little abdominal massage to move them up. Then when I put on the shaper, I do it in that (awkward) posiiion. It tends to hold everything up where it should be and (I think) is helping me heal faster.

    I have a two fold question: 1) Is the shaper actually doing anything even though I don’t see any reduction (to be fair, there must be some, because my measurements when wearing two (I layer them to get the low, low belly hold I’m after) are the same as without one on) 2) Is there anyway to get the “hold up” effect with a corset? I certainly can’t put it on the same way!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi So Shy,
      Personally, I haven’t had much experience with the Vedette shapers, although I do own a couple of them I never wear them. The elastic material in them gives me a rash on my skin. I would say that these shapers are probably doing *something* but they don’t have the same effect as a corset. While you may not be able to put on a back-lacing corset while doing a glute bridge, it’s possible that you may be able to with a front-lacing corset (like my old Bezerk one, who is now married to Bound by Obsession). Cheers!

      1. Hi Lucy,
        Your videos and the information on your site has been such a huge help to me. I’m looking to begin waist training, and I’m trying to choose the best first corset for me. I would be more than happy to pay for a consultation because I feel your information is so valuable, but I see that you aren’t taking any now. I am looking for an OTR corset to use for a few months to make sure I am comfortable corseting, and then I plan to commission a custom corset and use the OTR corset for night training. I’ve been watching your reviews to try to make a smart choice. I am looking for an extreme curve, a conical rib shape (as much as possible), and a corset that is reasonably easy to wear under clothing without being overly obvious. I am considering the Isabella “Josephine” or the Heavenly Corsets training version. $250 is the top of my budget for my first corset since it’s for an initial trial. I’d like to spend less, but I want to make sure I don’t spend too little and have a very uncomfortable first experience. Would you recommend one of those two corsets or another? I have a fairly straight figure, I’m not very hippy, and my torso is on the shorter side. I am decently squishy but have a fair amount of muscle, which I expect to slow my progress. I greatly appreciate if you take the time to respond. All the information and options can be quite overwhelming for a beginner! Thanks again!

        1. Hi Mrs. Poodles,
          I personally prefer the construction of the Isabella corset to the Heavenly corset, as it feels a bit more sturdy and the lacing in the back is easier to deal with. However if you have a shorter torso and slim hips, the Josephine may not fit you properly (it has a hip spring of 12-14 inches, and is quite longline so you might not be able to sit down comfortably in it). For that reason, if you have to go with the Heavenly corset for its custom sizing, then I’d go with that one. I would however recommend you change the lacing in the back so you have an easier time tightening the corset, as it has a tendency bow outward at the waist like ( ).

  3. I have lots of dress up corsets with very little binkng, etc. I tend to like the tie in front kind. I’m a natural hourglass and easily get into a 30″ underbust. My actual measurements are 45″-35″-45″ at this weight. Even the 30″s seem too big some days, but I would love to get an overbust. Are there any out there that might work that aren’t custom? Price isn’t an issue so much but I am cheap, even if I have it. I do a lot of lifting (people) at work and am considering wearing the timeless trends underbusts to start out with and see how working in one and dealing with self lacing the back at 5a is before I go with a custom underbust. Looking for a reasonably priced overbust to play with before deciding.

    1. I don’t know of any OTR overbust corsets that tie in front and also accommodate a large bust (with a waist to bust difference of 15″), unfortunately. The best OTR overbusts I’ve tried have been from Versatile (Mimosa) and What Katie Did (Storm) but some of those are as expensive as custom fit, so you may as well just go for custom.

  4. I ordered the cs-426 from Orchard Corsetry in size 38″ on may 3rd and it arrived may 4th, when I got it right away I realized it was too big just looking at it(i guess us women really beat ourselves up, i really thought i would be a size 38, i was even worried it might of been to small! I know i should have just bought a sewing tape measurer!)so I tried it on and it sat perfect on my waist, and of course way to big on the hips and bust. So that means my natural waist is 38″. I filled out the exchange form and am sending it back tommorow, but heres my dilema-I cant decide whether to get a size 34 or 32, so im looking for an opinion from someone who knows whats up. Im leaning towards going ahead and getting the 32″ because I will have 5″ of modesty panel to work with anyways. Im quite the indecisive libra, so I had to get a professional opinion on this :)
    P.s. I plan on doing waist traing this will be my first corset.

    Thanks/ Kaylee

    1. Hi Kaylee, I would probably lean towards a size 32 for you, but I would VERY HIGHLY recommend getting a flexible measuring tape and making sure of your waist size, and also it wouldn’t hurt to measure your hips and ribcage as well to make sure that the corset won’t be too big or too small in those areas either. Orchard has excellent customer service and will be able to tell you which size would fit your ribcage, waist and hips best when fully closed so it’s best to ask them instead – they know their own corsets best.

  5. I was just wondering, I don’t have a PayPal account, do I need one in order to pay?

    1. Hi Nubi, at this time I only accept paypal, or cheques if you live within Canada.

      1. hey lucy,
        i realize you are very busy with the fundraising for your mentor so I was wondering if you are still taking consultations. also i just wanted to make sure, when i click the buy now it has two options, one using a paypal account and another for those who don’t have a paypal account, i guess my question earlier was if I use the second option (no paypal account) do you still receive payment?

  6. Will the average person be able to find a decent overbust for around $150? I’m thinking about getting a consultation from you, but I’d like to be left with a fair amount of options. Even $150 is kind of stretching it for me. I could maybe go a little higher than that, but not by much. I’m a poor college student. :(

    1. Hi there, unfortunately there would really only be perhaps 2-3 brands you could get for under $150; if you were able to stretch it to $250 you’d have plenty more options to choose from.

  7. I was thinking about starting corset waist training and someone mentioned this one to me
    Is it something you would recommend?

    thanks fora great site!


    1. Hi Alex, I would not recommend that for training. If you would like to know about some of my recommendations please feel free to submit a request. :) Best wishes!

      1. I am new to the site and I just have a quick question: What corset are you wearing in this video? I would like to purchase one.

        it’s the “OOTD, concealing corsets 2: bubble shirts and tunic sweaters” video

        Thank you!

        1. Hi Sabrina, that is a cincher made by Sparklewren. :) For future reference, if you expand the description of each video I will write the name/ brand of each corset I’m wearing (in most situations, unless I forget). :)

  8. Not related to consultation; I just wanted to complement you on your videos and your figure. What you’ve accomplished is really impressive. Your figure is amazing, but your hair is completely off-the-charts-beautiful. Don’t know where you find the time to maintain it like that…. but nice to see that you can! Hang in there; I love what you are doing.

  9. Hi Lucy! I just filled out your consultation form and gave a donation :) I’m sure the donation worked, but then my iPad lost battery as I submitted the form so I’m not sure you got it? I don’t want to send you another if you did though. Aargh!

    1. Hi Cristy, I got the donation but not the consultation form. Would you be able to send the form again please? ^^

      1. I did and I’m so glad I did! Your knowledge and help are amazing! Thank you so much! I highly recommend your consultation service to anyone corset shopping.

  10. If anyone needs to question the value of Lucy’s consultation, It is invaluable!! Lucy’s attention to detail in her response and her wisdom on corsets are simply outstanding! Thank You Lucy.

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