Longline Corsets for Shorter Waists

Aesthetically speaking, I love the look of a longline corset more than any other cut – and I know that many others would agree! It’s unfortunate though that most OTR or ready-to-wear longline corsets are designed with longer waists in mind; someone with a shorter torso may find that sitting down in a too-long corset will cause the top edge of the corset to push up their bust, or cause the bottom edge of the corset to dig into their lap.

A few OTR corset companies have responded to this by releasing “short longline corsets” – basically, corsets that extend low on the hip and provide some lower-tummy control, yet their underbust-to-lap (princess seam) length is still short enough to allow those of shorter stature or shorter torsos to sit while wearing them.

The following longline corsets have a princess seam length of 10 inches or less, some with options to have them cut even shorter.

If you know of any OTR or ready-to-wear longline corsets suitable for short waists, do send an email and let me know!

Vamp underbust by What Katie Did, $275

What Katie Did‘s Vamp underbust served as my inspiration for this gallery, so I’m listing it first. It is said to be the shorter, curvier version of their famous Morticia corset (which is featured in the other longline gallery). The Vamp corset has a center front length of 11.5″ and a princess seam length of 10″. WKD also has a “design your own corset” app, where it’s possible to order a corset style that’s an inch shorter at the top, the bottom, or both (2″ smaller total) – so we will see if it’s possible to special-order a Vamp underbust that could have a princess seam length of 8 inches in the future! The Vamp is available for $275 in the US or £159.50 in the UK.

Gemini corset in both silhouettes (Timeless Trends / Lucia Corsetti label). $99 USD.

In 2016, my very own design, the Gemini corset, was finally released under Timeless Trends! The Gemini corset is a touch shorter than their regular length corsets (accommodates a 9 inch torso) and boasts a number of unique features – including 32 steel bones (a few extra bones in the middle of the panels for a smooth effect, especially in the larger sizes), gently rounded top and bottom edges for a smooth finish under clothing, high back to help prevent “muffin top”, a generous hip spring of 16 inches, and – most importantly – two different silhouette options: rounded rib or conical rib! The Gemini corset is the first of its kind in OTR. The Gemini corset is only $99 USD. Learn more here!

Petite Josephine corset by Isabella Corsetry
Petite Josephine corset by Isabella Corsetry, $166

Isabella Corsetry also released a Petite version of her most famous Josephine corset, explaining that it’s at least an inch shorter than her standard Josephine. The length varies based on the size, but the smaller sizes (waist sizes 20 through 28) are said to have a center front length of 11″ and a princess seam length of 9″. The Petite Josephine is also the same price as the regular Josephine, at $166 USD. If you purchase a “Made to Order” Josephine corset, you also have the option of requesting a shorter length. Note that Isabella Corsetry groups her regular and petite Josephine corsets on the same page, so choose carefully before ordering!

Black Brocade longline underbust by Restyle, $52
Black Brocade longline underbust by Restyle, $52

Restyle, a Polish clothing business, has become immensely popular for their corsets in 2014 – their Matte Cotton wide hip corset and their black brocade version (seen above) can barely be kept in stock! Perfect for people with short torsos and generous hips, this corset boasts a 12-inch hip spring at the iliac crest. The length of this corset in the center front is 12 inches, and the length along the princess seam is only 9 inches. The most surprising part: this corset is only $52 USD. No wonder they sell out so quickly!

CS-426 Short underbust ($75) compared to the original longline ($79)

Orchard Corset has recently released the short version of their popular CS-426 longline corset. The 426-short is about 2.5 inches shorter in the front compared to the original (10.5″ in the center front and just over 8″ along the princess seam), but it retains the high back to help control for muffin top. This allows people with shorter waists to experience a similar “curve” to the original 426 corset, but still have the ability to sit down easily. The short version is also less expensive than the original CS-426 corset, starting at $75.

Gibson Girl underbust by Pop Antique, from $375
Gibson Girl underbust by Pop Antique, from $375

Pop Antique is a much higher calibre of ready-to-wear, as all corsets are hand-made to order by the individual Corsetrix, Marianne Faulkner – but her Gibson Girl corset (an Edwardian-inspired, short-ish longline underbust) is too adorable to leave out – and according to the Pop Antique site, it’s only offered for a limited time. Her staple Ingenue longline corsets are typically 11.5″ at the center front and 10″ at the princess seam (with options to make longer or shorter if desired), and her limited edition Gibson Girl corset looks to be an even shorter version with an enviable hip spring – short and curvy corset wearers rejoice!

*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company on this list. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres or businesses for more information on shorter longline corsets, including more specific measurements. Affiliate links help keep this gallery online, and free to use for everyone.

7 thoughts on “Longline Corsets for Shorter Waists

  1. I notice these are all underbust corsets. Is there any hope for people with short torsos to find an overbust corset that actually fits and is of a price that a normal person can afford?

    1. Hi Jak, all of the OTR overbust corsets I’ve tried are logged in Corset Database (this link goes to the overbusts specifically), you can put in the torso length you specifically need and it might be able to help you narrow down your search. But you’re right, there are not really overbust corsets marketed for very short torso lengths. If you can sew, it’s possible to cut down a corset to fit you better.

      1. I have discovered that I have the same problem. All OTR overbust corsets that I have tried on so far — except for one — are too long for me and dig into my thighs when sitting. (I am specifically looking into corsets as an alternative to bras…so all I’m interested in are overbust.) Interestingly enough, the one overbust corset that fits is a rather unusual one from corset-story . com

        The reason why it fits is because the angle of the front boning is at a V to the center line — basically, the boning is similar in shape to much of the boning of corsets in the 17th century, rather than purely using the usual “princess lines.”

        1. Alisa Phoenix, which corset is it? I’m in the same position – a short person with a short torso, interested in an overbust as an alternative to bras…

  2. How do u measure a torso? Being 5 ft 1 i do believe i have a short torso

    1. Hi Michelle, the toro is measured from under the breast (or pectoral muscle) down to where your lap starts. I have a video tutorial on this page. :)

      1. Mine is 8″

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