Curvy cinchers and waspies under $200

Waist cinchers (at least, how the term is used here) are short corsets, usually cut high over the hip and in some cases stop a couple inches below the underbust line. I usually measure cinchers by the height of the side seam – if it’s 8″ or less on the side, it may fall into the “cincher” range, and most cinchers are 6-7″ high (although I have seen cinchers or waspies as short as 4″ on the side!).

Those with shorter waists (or who are short of stature) may wear a cincher and have it fit like a full-length corset. Petite corseters may be able to save money on waist training by purchasing a made-to-measure cincher so it fits their body perfectly. For those with longer torsos, a cincher can accentuate outfits as a wide belt. There is one caveat though; many companies don’t make cinchers in larger sizes as they don’t provide much support for soft and low-hanging tummies.

The following corsetieres and brands deliver curves in teeny packages.

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Cinchers/ waspies under $200
If you can stretch your budget a little over $200
Curvy cincher and waspie patterns and sewing tutorials

Timeless Trends iridescent purple hourglass cincher, $104. Other colors and fabrics available in my shop!

Back in 2015, Timeless Trends hired me to design their Hourglass Silhouette corsets, including the curvier waist cincher, now called their “Hourglass Short”. Just 6.5 inches at the side seam – and every one comes with a lifetime manufacturing warranty. Priced from $104, these corsets are now offered in sizes 18″ – 42″ in most styles. I’m extremely proud to have personally worked with TT on the redesign of these corsets, and you can find them in my corset shop here.

 

Rebel Madness Waspie (Poland), $115 USD

Rebel Madness is one of the “Polish trifecta” (along with Restyle and Papercats) who create incredibly curvy, comfy, and affordable corsets. RM corsets are incredibly light and soft, while still being strong enough to create a curvaceous silhouette and somehow always managing to keep their corsets at affordable prices. This waspie is just 7 inches high, and comes in gorgeous limited edition colorways every season.

 

Glamorous Corset “Jolie” Waspie Underbust Corset, $89

The Jolie waspie by Glamorous Corset is a more recent addition, offering a bit more “oomph” for those who’d like more curve in their cincher – the Jolie is only 6.5 inches long at the princess seam, but extends lower on the side for a dramatic hip contour. This corset offers a hip spring of 9 inches, a low price tag, and a 30-day return window. They can be found on GC’s website here, or in my shop here. 

 

Brittney models the CS-201 mesh waspie. Photo: Orchard Corset.

Since the last time I updated this gallery (about 7 years ago), Orchard Corset has since exploded in the OTR corset industry due to their curviness and affordability. Their CS-201 waspie boasts an 8-inch rib spring and 10-inch hip spring, making it one of the curviest OTR corsets available and at an unbeatable pricepoint. It’s available in waist sizes 18″ up to 40″ in most styles.

 

Isabella Corsetry Octopus classic cincher, $199 USD

Isabella Corsetry offers incredibly curvy ready-to-wear cinchers made in the USA. She offers novelty prints like the Octopus Classic Cincher above, or more conventional designs like floral and pinstripe in sizes up to 36″ (for waists up to 41″). Her starting prices for these cinchers are around $150, but Iabella holds constant sales where you can sometimes catch cinchers for as low as $65. (Due to health issues, Isabella Corsetry was recently on hiatus for a few months – shipments are now resuming but she asks for time and patience as she catches up on orders)

 

Mystic City Corsets MCC20 Sport Mesh Brocade Underbust Corset, $99

Mystic City has definitely made a name for themselves in the past several years, moving from a small Ebay shop to taking the corset community by storm with their curvy options under $100. They have made dozens upon dozens of different patterns to fit different body types, but not all are in stock at the same time, or in the same size. Checking both their main website and their Etsy shop is highly recommended as they stock different styles on each platform.

Morgana Femme Couture MF1329 cincher, £130

Morgana Femme Couture makes a beautiful and simple made-to-order silk dupion cincher for £95 (about $185). It’s only 6″ on the side seam and is offered in 19 different colours of silk. The only caveat is that they’re only offered in sizes 18-30 as a default – however, alternative sizes can be custom ordered via email.

 

Madame Sher mesh ribbon-style cincher, $220
Madame Sher mesh ribbon-style cincher R$1100 (approx. $194 USD)

Madame Sher offers this breezy mesh cincher for about $194 USD. This custom-fit cincher is perfect for summer days and hot climates, and with a side seam of a bit over 8″, it should fit most body types. As Madame Sher’s corsets are made-to-measure, the range of sizes is unknown.

 

Meschantes Corsetry Mischief waist cincher, $130

Meschantes Corsetry offers two shorter-style corsets, both ready-to-wear: the Mischief corset (shown above) or the Etoile corset which is more pointed. They also have a closed-front brital Etoile cincher for as low as $99.

Heavenly Corsets Bébé cincher, £120

Heavenly Corsets‘ newest addition is the Bébé corset, which is less than 7″ high. For £120 (about $190) it is made-to-measure, and Elle guarantees that it will hold up to even 23/7 tightlacing/ waist training. Elle recommends a maximum natural waist of 32″ for this corset.

 

What Katie Did Luna Extreme Cincher Corset, $199.50 USD

What Katie Did‘s Luna Extreme corset (an updated version of their “Baby Corset”) boasts a hip spring of 8.5 inches and they stock their corsets in sizes 18″ up to 34″ (may fit natural waists up to ~40″).

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If you can stretch your budget a bit more…

Twilight Siren Eliza Bouquet Coutil Corset Cincher (CREAM/ BLACK), £160.00 (about $220 USD)

 

SnowBlack Corsets made-to-measure raw silk cincher, $170

SnowBlack Corsets is another underrated corsetiere, although Marta’s designs have been featured many times in Polish alt fashion magazines. She offers custom-fit cinchers with a maximum side length of 18cm (7″), starting at $234

Cincher / Waspie Patterns and Tutorials:

Aranea Black made-to-measure waspie cincher, $200 (waspie pattern FREE)

Aranea Black is a one-woman wonder from Croatia who previously offered standard sized waspies starting at only $90 (the made-to-measure upgrade, like you see above, was only $200 on Etsy). Aranea Black has since moved on to creating amazing corset making tutorials and free corset patterns. You can try your hand at making a waspie at home using the Anna pattern here.

Colette – an 18-panel waspie with bodice and bust options, from Corsets by Caroline ($11.45 USD for pattern)

Corsets by Caroline (UK) has dozens of tried, tested, graded, and trued patterns available in her Etsy shop, included this sweet waspie called Colette – but don’t let this picture fool you – it also comes with several different options for halter neck and other types of straps to make your piece one of a kind.

Pointed waist cincher PDF pattern by NZ Corsetry ($13.10 USD)

Amy of NZ Corsetry offers several different styles of corset patterns for instant download on Etsy, including this 14-panel pointed cincher which is graded for natural waists of 23″ all the way up to 42″.

Sparklewren Cincher pattern via The Underpinnings Museum ($24.30 USD)

Sparklewren (UK) was one of my favorite corset designers – Jenni created absolutely jaw-dropping pieces of wearable art, every one was absolutely unique. I mourned when she announced that she would be on indefinite hiatus. While her commissions would start more at $400 for a cincher, she has recently collaborated with the Underpinnings Museum to release her smooth and comfortable patterns for public use – a portion of proceeds goes directly toward the designer and also towards funding the museum.

Riding Cincher pattern from Sin & Satin, just $10 USD.

Last but not least, this adorable pattern by Sin & Satin (New York) is only 4 inches (10cm) along the side seam. Based off an antique Victorian equestrian corset, you can have plenty of movement and mobility while still enjoying posture support and a nip in the waistline while steering well clear of your hip bones.  This is the cheapest digital download pattern featured in this gallery, at a mere $10 USD. This cincher is offered in waist sizes 24″ up to 44″ closed waist.

*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; please email any of the above makers to learn more about their cinchers and waspies. Etsy affiliate links help the galleries remain free for everyone.

20 thoughts on “Curvy cinchers and waspies under $200

  1. I have a long torso and similar dimensions to you I was trying to find a cincher that has a similar side seam and cut to your sparklelewren 8”-8.5”. It’s seems like the closest is the cs-411 but not confident in quality. Do you have any other reconditions?

    1. Hi Olivia, thanks for your comment – the difference in quality between Sparklewren and Orchard is like night and day.
      Have you played around with the filters on Corset Database? I’d first recommend filtering the corsets by your measurements, and then tweaking from there for the rib silhouette, top and bottom contours, etc until you find one that is closest to what you envision. It might be more than $200, but when it comes to corsets there’s an overarching theme that you get what you pay for.

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