Last updated on March 26th, 2021 at 12:22 pm
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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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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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‘ 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‘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″).
Brands without available pictures
- Skeletons in the Closet Clothing and Corsetry has a silk waspie for 95 GBP (approx $130 USD)
If you can stretch your budget a bit more…
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 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.
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.
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 (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.
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.