FAQ & Contact

Let me preface this by saying, YES – when you email me or send me a message, it is really me (Lucy) who is answering you! I have no customer service employees. I am a one woman show wearing 17 different hats, and there are limited hours in a day.

I would love to continue spending 12+ hours a day answering emails, messages and Youtube comments, but it’s unfortunately gotten to the point that I’m so busy answering individual questions that I am finding it difficult to make keep up with producing videos or get enough sleep.

This blog and my Youtube channel is my passion, and I don’t want to shut it all down from exhaustion – but I also don’t want to ignore those individuals who truly need the help.

I have over 700 helpful videos, and there is a 95% chance that you will at said find the answer to your question in one of them – please consider typing your question into the search bar of this site or on Youtube, and watch the video before contacting me.

If you have a question that is better suited to the customer service desk of a specific corset brand (e.g. pricing, sizes, return policies, shipping times), please contact that brand’s customer service, as I am not a paid employee of any other brand and I do not earn a commission on any sales except those that are purchased directly from my shop here.

If you need a comparison between brands that look to be of similar quality and price, you are more than welcome to use my research area which is available for free.

Frequently Asked Questions

(and where the answers are hiding):


Hair growth/ hair health/ hair related anything

I have a playlist called “Hair Videos”. If you want natural (nutrition and lifestyle) tips on hair growth, see my video “Hair Growth Crash Course“. If you want to know what products I use, see my video “Updated Hair Regimen.” If you want me to donate my hair, watch this video on why I refuse to do so. Please note that I do not personally use, nor recommend any hair growth serum or growth product whatsoever.


I’m a total beginner to corseting, where do I start?

Here is my playlist on General Information about corseting. I discuss everything from corseting goals to regimens, from how to buy a corset to how to care for it. Any lifestyle questions that remain unanswered here (like how to sleep or go to the toilet while wearing a corset), you will find in my “Physical Effects” playlist.


What happens to the body when you corset? Is it dangerous?

On the condition that you’re already in good health before corseting, you wear a well-fitting corset responsibly and lace down slowly, and you have realistic goals, corseting is not dangerous. The corset has been blamed for many diseases and ailments for which it was not responsible at all – however, in some cases (like high blood pressure or uterine prolapse) corseting can exacerbate pre-existing conditions so I always recommend speaking with your doctor about any concerns before trying a corset. That said, I have also heard hundreds of stories of how corsets have helped people with pre-existing medical issues! I outline both the risks and benefits to wearing corsets in my playlist “Physical Effects of Corseting.” Most of the videos are organized based on the system of concern, although there is understandably some overlap as the body works as one. This list also includes tips on going to the bathroom and sleeping in your corset. If you have very specific questions of a medical nature, I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to diagnose you – I recommend you direct your questions to your trusted physician.


I don’t know how to lace my corset!/ I would like to try a different form of lacing. Can you help me?

There are dozens upon dozens of helpful video tutorials on lacing up your corset on Youtube, but if you would like to see how I officially lace my own corsets, do check out my Lacing Techniques playlist here. More often than not, I prefer the “inverted bunny ears” method of lacing.


What do you think of (insert corset brand)? Is it any good? Which corsets have you reviewed already?

I’ve reviewed over 70 different corsets from over 40 different brands, and have tried on/ tested over 100 corsets, so there is a good chance that I’ve tried the corset brand you’re interested in! I have three different playlists for corset reviews: underbust OTR corsets, overbust OTR corsets, and custom/ bespoke corsets. I make objective reviews, stating the facts wherever possible (unless I’m commenting on the fit/ comfort) – to get the most from these reviews, you need a fair understanding of the parts of a corset and where you would be willing to sacrifice quality for your budget or time constraints. If you have no prior knowledge, please see my playlist for beginners.


What is the BEST corset on the market, or the BEST one I can find for (insert budget)?

There is no one best corset that will fit every person. That would be like saying there’s one shoe to fit (and flatter) every foot. You are welcome to look at this page which tells you whether the OTR corsets I’ve tried will hold up to waist training/daily wear (in my opinion). Also have a look through my corset reviews (see the question above this) and decide for yourself which corset you like best for the price, silhouette, quality and construction. I have organized the brands I’ve tried by budget as well, if that is your your highest priority. If your highest priority is buying local, consulting in person with a professional and having someone take your measurements, you might be able to find a corsetiere who lives near you. If you know your specific measurements and want to buy a corset based on its curviness/ silhouette, see my Corset Dimensions Directory (Lace Base) here.  Or if you would like to bypass the reviews and have me hand-pick several corsets based on your needs and preferences, please see my consultation service.


I have a special case and I’m looking for a very specific type of corset. Where can I find a corset for scoliosis/ a mesh summer corset/ a plus size corset/ a men’s corset?

I have many different pages dedicated to specific types of corsetry in my Guided Galleries – whether you’re looking for a specific silhouette, or a corset for a medical condition, or with a rare aesthetic (such as fan-lacing, lattice corsets or corset-bodies), chances are you will be able to find what you’re looking for in the Guided Galleries.


I want to make my own corset. Can you help me?

If you’re stuck on a step and just need clarification on how to proceed, I can help. Unfortunately I do not offer corset making classes at this time. If you don’t know the first thing about making corsets, I invite you to check out my Corset Making playlist on Youtube. There are also plenty of corset making resources out there, including groups both on Facebook and on LiveJournal, and also instructional books and DVDs (some of which I’ve featured in my book reviews playlist here).


Is there anything I should wear with my corset?

You can wear almost anything you like with your corset! But whether you prefer to wear your corset under or over clothing, you will find some inspiration in this “Dressing with your Corset” playlist.


My corset broke!/ My corset doesn’t fit!/ Can I alter my cheap corset to be better?

If you’re looking to completely rework your cheap, too-big or worn-out corset, it’s usually easier to start a new corset from scratch than to save the old one. Sometimes it’s better worth your time and money to sell your old corset and use the money you made to put towards a new corset. But if you’re looking to do some slight alterations or repairs, then you’ll find some helpful videos here in my Corset Modifications & Repairs playlist (known unofficially as “Pimp my Corset” playlist).
Please note that I generally do not take on alteration projects, as I unfortunately don’t have as much time to sew these days, and shipping the corset back and forth to Canada (where I live) would likely be more expensive than buying a new OTR corset.


Do you make corsets too? Can I buy one from you?

Yes, I do make corsets! You can see examples of my work in my Case Studies playlist, and also in my Gallery (although neither have been updated in awhile because I haven’t had the time to sew lately). I was unfortunately in a car accident in 2014 that made it painful to sew, and I had to stop taking custom commissions, so now I outsource my designs to other manufacturers. I now have affordable, ready-to-wear corsets readily available for purchase. See my shop here (best for desktop) or here (best for mobile).


Can you send me a free corset?

Unfortunately not. I’m an individual corset enthusiast and almost everything I earn after rent and bills goes back to my channel and reviewing corsets for my viewers! “Corset Samples” mentioned in the Bronze Line are not free samples; in reality they are usually one-of-a-kind/ one-off practice pieces, which may be discounted because they might not be perfect (but they are still fully functional). However, I do corset giveaways on Youtube and Facebook when I reach new milestones, so please subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win a free corset.


Other miscellaneous questions may be answered in my “Q&A” playlist, although some answers may be slightly outdated.

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Email me here if you have exhausted all other options.

Please note that due to the huge volume of email I receive, I may only respond to serious inquiries or questions that have not been answered by my videos or blog. Please keep your emails clear, polite and concise! 

I DO NOT MAKE PERSONAL CALLS. If you prefer to communicate by voice, leave a voice message here and you may have your question featured in a future episode of Fast Foundations!

For fanmail or product samples – please note that this is ONLY a P.O. box, not a residence and I do not have a brick-and-mortar store or business office. Additionally, I do not open mail that has no return name or address. That said, I post fan art and give thanks/credit on this page:

Lucy Corsetry
17600 Yonge Street, RPO Upper Canada Mall
P.O. box 21545
Newmarket, ON, CANADA
L3Y 8J1

That’s all for now. Cheers!

75 thoughts on “FAQ & Contact

  1. Hi Lucy,

    I am still relatively new to corseting and your website and videos have been a godsend. I have a rather thick and long rib-cage (there is literally no more than 1” between the bottom of my ribs and my pelvic bone), so while I am very lean and look very thin from the side my torso looks pretty much rectangular from the front.

    Your Guided gallery has been great for helping me figure out my preferred silhouette (I am currently wearing modern slim, trying to work up to a conical corset), but I am finding that while the few corsets I have tried gave me a nice shape from the front, they make me look significantly thicker from the profile. I was wondering if you could add a section in your Gallery with a list of corsets that give a flat profile. I think it would be great for all of us who have experienced the initial thrill of seeing ourselves from the front in the mirror only to be disappointed when we turn to the side and find we look like a tube. Do you have any advice on how one could go about requesting corsets with a flat profile or if there is any way we can determine if a particular corset will create such profile?

    I also need some help finding a suitable cincher/waspie for stealthing. I would prefer one that creates a modern slim or conical silhouette, but am unsure if it would be long enough to soften the shape of my ribcage. My current underbust corset has a nice silhouette, but the busk and bottom front (the bottom edge slopes out a bit) makes it impossible to stealth with any shirt form-fitting enough to show any waist definition, as they create a noticeable outline underneath. I am starting to think I might have to look into custom made to find one that is both smooth on the surface and has the right silhouette, which is hard on my tight budget.

    Sorry for the long post, and thank you for dedicating so much of your time to help clueless corseters like me :D

    1. Hi Vicky, the thickness of the profile depends on a few factors including the person wearing the corset! From my own experience, Sparklewren has given me the flattest profile – Electra Designs and Puimond are also not bad. Versatile corsets also gave quite a flat profile but very slim silhouette from the front, so it’s a toss-up. Corsets tend to take an oblong/ ovoid torso and make it more circular, so in some people they “take from Peter to pay Paul” and make the profile a bit thicker for the sake of creating a dramatic dip in the obliques.
      Regarding corsets for stealthing, I have an upcoming video about that. :)

  2. depends on what you are looking for. corsetdeal or orchard corset is another. That is cheap and good …However….I can hardly wait to get a corset from Lucy….saving my pennies.

  3. Hi Lucy. is there a corsetry shop here in Canada that you would highly recommend? Im eager to start waist training and been eyeing Isabella Corsetry (because of their curvy corsets which i love) but i believe they operate in the US?i just think ill be spending more on delivery and taxes if i order a corset in the US. A reply will be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hello, I have a corsetiere map which shows over a dozen corset makers in Canada! I’m not sure exactly what part of Canada you’re from, but these are the people I know about. Cheers!

  4. I went through the process of ordering a corset and used my paypal account however paypal did a currency conversion. The original total was $127 and after the conversion it came to $170! I live in Markham, ON so why is it so much for the corset? Is there any other method of payment?

    1. Hi Kareen, the corset prices are in US currency. The weak Canadian dollar is responsible for the conversion rate right now. As a distributor of Timeless Trends, I’m bound by contract to not undercut them. Many other distributors sell TT corsets for more than the RRP, but I try to keep prices as low as possible by price-matching TT. Unfortunately if I sold the TT corsets for $127 CAD with shipping, I would be in debt for every corset I sold because that’s even lower than the wholesale price.

      1. Thank you for your reply. How long does the shipping take? I need it for kid November.


        1. Hello Kareen, shipping to Canada is an estimated 2 weeks, although if you live closer to a major mail hub like Toronto then it’s often a bit faster (a little over 1 week usually, but we recommend ordering two weeks ahead of the event just to be sure, plus some extra time to break in/ season the corset properly).

  5. I did order from thefashioncorsetshop and the quality is not bad at all, and I looked on the site and they have both of the corsets you are looking for. although im not sure if it is real leather or pleather. the sizes run a little small side, so I had to return mine. make sure if you order from there you DO NOT remove the tag unless your sure you are going to keep it. Their return policy is very specific, tags must be on the item, if they are not attached (even if you still have the tags) they will deduct a 25% restocking fee. Luckiy I have a garment tag attacher, because I did remove the tags to try it on, but just reattached them. Good luck with your weight loss journey

  6. hi Lucy
    I was just going to pop you a note and see if you have tried anything from the fashioncorsetshop.com I have been looking for a smaller…yes smaller corset budget friendly because I am still loosing weight…yaaaa..I am presently looking for a navy or blue corset and a black leather corset.
    .I have looked at of course your shop plus orchard corset and the corset deal. Just wondering also after looking at all these sites i have found if you do abit of searching you can find the exact same cheaper at another site…but…you never know if it is the same or not till you get it. Would you also please do more from North America. We as people have to keep us as in north americans working.
    happy camping as a truck driver

    1. Hi Lisa,
      If you see the exact same picture being used on two different sites and the price is varying significantly (i.e. more than 10% or so), I would practice caution. For instance, there is one company that has stolen photos of Timeless Trends’ corsets, and TT contacted them and asked to remove the photos from their site because this is clear photo theft – TT has their own factory and the garments that come out of them are unique, so it’s impossible that this other site had access to the same garments. The other company refused and said that there was nothing TT could do about it. A friend purchased what looked like the TT corset from the thief’s site, and cheaper too, but what she received in the mail was a completely different garment – not the same shape, not the same quality materials, not suitable for the same function.
      I’ve logged a ton of North American corset makers in the map here, but do be aware that US-made corsets do tend to be more expensive than corsets made overseas and then imported. I’d love to review more corsets from North America but I’m quite limited with my budget – I don’t earn very much myself, and I’m often selling other corsets to afford to review new ones.

  7. ​​Dear Lucy,

    First, I have to thank you for your videos. I admire you for doing them. You are articulate, and your presentations are conveyed with such delicacy and modesty that I believe you, more than any one person, have opened up a new vista for women by kindling interest in corset wearing. Myself included.

    ​I was all set to buy your hourglass corset. ​After taking my measurements I knew I needed help​: my​ a natural waist circumference ​i​s 2″ ​​bigger than my underbust​ circumference​. ​Aren’t most corsets made at least ~4″ wider in the underbust than the natural waist circumference? How does that even work – I have such a pooch-y belly?

    I’ve spent months researching corsets and have watched a number of your videos trying to figure this out on my own. Now I am just desperate for your good guidance. I feel exhausted​ and​ overwhelmed, Lucy!
    If you would, here are my measurements and goals: ​ ​I weigh 150lbs, I’m 5’1″, in my early 40’s​;​​ my underbust circumference is 34.5″; ​ my natural waist when measured according to your video’s recommendation is 36.5″. Or, when I measure my waist where it indents as I lean to my side, it is 34.5″. My upper hip circumference is 40″. ​ ​And my (seated) torso length is 10″. I have very weak stomach muscles after 4 c-sections and a few complicated surgeries. FWIW.
    I am looking for a daily wear, stealthing corset, specifically for chronic back and neck pain; achieving proper posture and to have postural support ​​as I train in English horse riding (dressage); ​I also must have help ​for controlling a significant tummy pooch!!!! (<—Would that mean I need a spoon-shaped busk? Are there any OTR spoon-shaped busks? Money is t.i.g.h.t.), ​Meanwhile I would like to have a way to adjust as I am attempting to lose more weight. 15 lbs down so far.

    Thank you for reading this through to the end!​ ​I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Until Then, Please Know I Am Sincerely Grateful.

    1. Hello J. Marie! I’m so sorry for my late response – for some reason your comment was in the spam folder. The only spoon-busk OTR corset I know of is the Spoon Busk Morticia from WKD, but that is about $300 last I checked. I would normally size you into a size 28″ hourglass silhouette underbust – and if you want something hardy for daily wear, the black cashmere and the sand beige are the two most popular styles. But you can find all the hourglass silhouette standard length corset styles here. :) Please feel free to email me if you have other questions!

  8. Hi Lucy! I love your website and all of your corsetry online media outlets! Thank you so much for creating this wonderful world of corset knowledge. I am a beginner when it comes to corsets. I saw my first corset in a store, tried it on, and fell in love with how it made me feel. Or course, I didn’t buy it but instead went home and did a lot of research which brought me to you! I just ordered a CS-426 corset from Orchard Corset. My primary goal with this corset is to waist train and to get an overall feel of wearing a corset. I am nervous about buying anything online, however I am passionately looking while reverting to your videos, suggestions, advice, and experience. Currently my problem is that I really want to meet with a corsetiere, but I live in Wisconsin and there really is no one to help around my area. I would sign up for a consolation with you, but you are currently closed. Do you know where I can go to get a consultation – in person or online? I would really want someone to help me figure out my body type and then tell me what types of OTR corsets to consider when purchasing online or the ones I should stay away from. I really don’t have any corset stores around me either :( Best of luck on your schooling!

    1. Hi Holly! Have you tried looking for local corsetieres in the corset makers map? I think there are two makers in Wisconsin – Purple Pincushion, and Sew Victorian. :) They might be able to work with you to figure out what your needs and wants are.

      1. yes, I have looked on your corset makers map. I haven’t had any luck contacting them, and I think one of the two is actually closed. Do you have any idea when you will open up your consultation page again?

  9. Hi Lucy, I have a grey cotton Orchard Corset 345, size 24, that I don’t wear. I would like to sell it to someone who would actually get some use out of it, and hopefully put the money towards a new corset. Do you have any advice for getting in contact with people shopping for gently used corsets?

    1. Hi Amy, have you tried the group “Corsets On Sale” on Facebook? Unfortunately it’s a bit of an obstacle course to get to that group, because at one point the group was set to “Secret” to prevent spammers from getting in, and Facebook won’t let them revert the group status. The easiest way to get into the group is to be part of the “Tightlacing Society” first, which is a general corseting group on Facebook.

      Jenice is a moderator of both the Tightlacing Society and also Corsets on Sale – so if you send her a private message, she will be able to let you into both. Just tell her I sent you. :)

  10. Hello Lucy, first I’d like to thank you for all the wonderful information you provide to the corseting community, especially newbies like myself. Your video on how to curve the rear boning of a corset got me thinking about the possibility of curving a corset’s front busk. My cs-345 doesn’t fit very well (my 411 & 426 are the same size and fit great), but I bought it during a holiday sale and didn’t get around to returning it in time. You mentioned the exact issue I’m having in your video review of the 345, the lower busk area sticks out in an unflattering way. I thought there might be some way to manually curve the busk to solve this problem and I’m curious if you agree. Any feedback (or perhaps a video?) would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Jessica, it is certainly possible to gently curve the busk, in a similar manner that you bend the bones in the back of the corset to support a lumbar curve! But it has to be carefully done to make sure that both sides curve exactly the same way (otherwise it’ll be difficult to do the busk up), and if you curve it too much, it might poke into your privates – so it should be a gentle process!

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