The first time I saw a mesh corset, it triggered a long-term obsession. What a wonderful idea! Conventional corsets can be hot and sweaty during summertime or in warmer climates. The oldest tulle corset I’ve seen is estimated to be from 1875 (featured left) and throughout the 1890’s it seems that linen mesh became more popular for corsetry, so the idea is not new! Fast forward to today; there has been a huge resurgence of summer corsetry, and they’re as strong as ever with the creation of new fibers and creative engineering. Mesh and net corsets are made with all different types of materials: cross-stitch canvas, linen mesh, Aida cloth, nylon mesh, polyester tulle, horsehair, and lace itself. In this article I’ll highlight some corsetieres and brands that offer modern mesh corsets.
*Please note that MANY corsetieres now create summer mesh corsets, and if I were to add them all, this post would be maddeningly long. Corsetieres, if your mesh corset does not appear in this list and you have one to submit, please send me an email here.
OTR Mesh Corsets
Open Net and Sports Mesh Corsets
Cotton (Lace, Aida Cloth, or Net) Corsets
Fine Woven (Sheer) Corsets
Elastic /Powermesh Corsets
Super Strong Mesh Training Corsets
OTR/ RTW Corsets:
For those who love some whimsy along with staying cool in the summer: Timeless Trends has brought back mesh corsets to their corset line! Made from a fine-weave synthetic corsetry mesh, this corset will lend a curvy silhouette and it’s still covered under the lifetime warranty. Full disclosure, I am a retailer for TT, so you can find this corset in my shop!
True Corset stocks some budget “Playgirl” corsets in open-weave fishnet fabric, but have more recently released some more structurally-sound fine-weave mesh corsets, as shown above in the Artemis.
Orchard Corset offers the least expensive OTR mesh corsets today, and in the widest range of corsets (CS-201 from $69, CS-411 from $74, the CS-426 mesh from $76, and the CS-511 mesh from $85) and most of them available in two different colors (tan and black). Orchard has also responded to the demand for more bones in the larger size corsets, so the number of bones increase with the size of the corset. See my reviews for the 411 mesh, the 201 mesh, the CS-426 longline mesh, and the CS-511 overbust mesh corsets.
Glamorous Corset also carries several fishnet styles, including the Bella cincher, Emma underbust, Lara curvy underbust, and this Jolie longline corset (from $89), in black (shown here) and also white mesh. See my review for the Jolie corset here. Use my coupon code LUCY15 to save 15% off your order!
Open Net and Sports Mesh Corsets
Morgana Designs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the first in a long list of South American brands that know that having a cool, breathable mesh corset in the summertime (or in warmer clients) is absolutely paramount. This simple-yet effective sports jersey mesh corset has cotton trim and boning channels, a zipper front closure, and an external waist tape for a comfy interior.
Do Balakobako Corsets from Brazil/Florida makes some of the most beautiful colored mesh pieces starting from only $90 USD, and her prolific work is very quickly gaining admirers on Facebook! See her photo album of summer corsets here.
Brazil-based Madame Sher has a collection of simple and beautiful mesh corsets in her Tight Comfort section, ranging from $130 – $300 for a custom-fit design. They’re made with cotton net and cotton twill in various neutral shades. See my review of the Madame Sher black mesh cincher here.
Sophisticated Tulle Corsets:
Barbara of Royal Black (Austria) has created the penultimate sheer overbust – a supportive cupped basque with molded bra cups, a breathable and incredibly soft tulle corset base, and decorative hand-laid wrought-iron inspired embellishment, including a horizontal motif to act as a waist tape instead of a distracting twill band at the waistline. You can learn how this corset was made step-by-step on Barbara’s Patreon.
V-couture makes a single-layer tulle overbust called “Nyx”, heavily decorated with beautiful corded lace, beads and sequins. Although it has no waist tape, V-couture ensures that Nyx is capable of giving up to 4 inches reduction.
Entre-Nous by Beata Sievi (Now Beata Sievi Corset Artist) introduced embroidered tulle corsets in early 2014, such as this astonishingly gorgeous white piece with delicate pastel floral embroidery.
Cotton Bobbinet Corsets:
This plunge overbust, part of Karolina’s Un|Seelie collection, is an opulent combination of brightly colored jacquard, soft cotton bobbinet, lace appliqué and real 24k gold leaf. Karolina holds several fashion degrees in lingerie design and is comfortable working very precisely with sheer, fiddly delicate fabrics, whether you’re looking to commission a corset or an undergarment ensemble. When Karolina is not designing heartbreakingly beautiful corsets, you can find her running The Underpinnings Museum, on Patreon, or writing for The Lingerie Addict.
Lyris Design (Australia) is run by Carly Van Groeningen, corsetiere and costume designer extraordinaire. With one and a half decades of experience under her corset, her larger creative projects are a step above most others. You can see how Carly creates a different bobbinet corset step-by-step in her project blog for her Mirabel creation here.
Morúa Designs of Chicago (and London) was the first known corsetiere to experiment with breathable, lightweight cotton bobbinet for corsetry. It is slightly stretchy which allows it to flow beautifully over curves for a smooth finish under clothing. The waist tape, binding, and other optional structured areas will prevent stretch and add extra support where you desire.
Lotte of Unartig Boutique (Germany) offers this unique juxtaposition of soft, diaphanous cotton bobbinet with darker contrast boning channels and heavy black guipure lace embellishment for a stunning final effect. In this style especially, one can see how the bobbinet immediately shapes to the wearer, giving a rounded rib and comfortable rounded hip.
Ampersand Creations is a partnership made up of Erin and Tim from Colorado, USA. They don’t exclusively make corsets, but are heavily in the Cosplay scene and they are constantly experimenting with different art media, from fabric and textiles, to woodworking, 3D printed plastics, and so much more. The above sheer corset dress was a submission to Foundations Revealed corset contest, and was said to be inspired by the signature architecture style of Santiago Calatrava.
This exquisite underbust from Lady Ardzesz Corsets (Poland) is layers upon layers – first a base of black bobbinet over a contrasting white waist tape, overlaid with lace along the bottom half and embellished with pearls. Soft blush boning channels and with black flossing on the upper edges and black hardware and contrast stitching make for a breathtaking final piece.
La Belle Fairy from British Columbia, Canada makes beautiful corsetry from vintage patterns, with modern fabrics. This Victorian demibust corset is made with a delicate looking peach bobbinet (and bobbinet covered boning channels) but is strong enough to cinch you in.
Chesebro Corsetry is an underrated historical reproduction business, run by one person (Alexander Chesebro) out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Their finishing right down to every thread of flossing is immaculate in nature, and this cotton bobbinet / silk satin 1890s piece (a commission for a client who works in a Victorian museum) is no exception.
This corset is bubbly, fun and light, and so is aptly named “champagne” after a custom cosplay created by Crimson Rose Corsetry. It features brocade front and back panels, with breezy bobbinet on the sides. The (sparkly!) waist tape holds firm to give you a dramatic cinch in the waist while keeping your ribs and hips comfortable.
Julia Bremble of Sew Curvy Couture (Now JB Corsets) not only creates corsets from bobbinet (like this wedding corset sample with satin cups and lace embellishment), but also sells bobbinet in her corset supply store, in case you’d like to try making a corset from bobbinet on your own!
Ivy Rose Designs in Alberta, Canada, created this lovely “something blue” sheer bridal corset and covered it in corded lace with pearls for a bridal client. She also documented the process for Foundations Revealed to create a tutorial on exactly how to work with bobbinet for corsets, and what to expect.
Kitty of Crimson Rose Corsetry created this double-layer bobbinet overbust after an intense training with the one and only Lowana of Vanyanis – the final effect is a semi-transparent (but still very light) and incredibly smooth, virtually wrinkle-free overbust. The cotton bobbinet was lightly dyed with an opalescent effect, with crystals and lace embellishment, for a truly one-of-a-kind corset to be used as a base for a bridal ensemble.
Cotton (Lace, Aida Cloth, or Net) Corsets
Lace Embrace Atelier (BC, Canada) has created a summer version of their Edwardian “Alyce” underbust pattern, aptly named the “Cupcake Corset”. While this isn’t the same kind of gossamer lace as the others in this section, it is indeed still lace – a more cottagecore cotton eyelet lace with sweet dainty daisies, making for a surprisingly strong, breathable single-layer corset.
Izabela is the face and corsetiere of Prior Attire, an immensely popular historical reproduction brand in the UK. Here Isabela models a Victorian summer corset made entirely from three different types of cotton: open cotton canvas, cotton tulle, and cotton cambric for the boning channels and hardware panels. Izabela wears her corsets hard (including performing sports and horseback riding in her corsets) and definitely put this one to the test.
Nemuro Corsets (Moscow, Russia) has made a name for herself by offering a wide range of both historical reproduction corsets (like this Edwardian ventilated overbust), and modern corsets, including sheer corsetry, at fair prices. She’s incredibly active on Instagram, and has an Etsy shop here.
Dainty Lace Corsets:
What happens when you forgo the lace appliqué and just use the uncut lace itself as the panels in a corset? You get a breathtaking sheer effect, as seen in the piece above made by Wyte Phantom. Jennifer is constantly experimenting with different fabrics and styles, and has a wide range of corset styles and colors in her Etsy shop.
Bone & Busk Couture by Katharina Mior also featured some limited edition sheer cinchers this year, priced to sell. The strong mesh panels with full Chantilly lace overlay combine with super-strong spot broche to make an enchanting statement piece that can be worn over any outfit, or next to the skin.
Vanyanis (Australia/ New Zealand) added her fourth style to her ready-to-wear collection – after the Ruby pointed underbust, Lillian mid-hip underbust, and Andrea cincher, came “Nadja”, a beautifully lace-covered sheer corset made from strong corsetry mesh, and embellished with Swarovski crystals for a strong-yet-airy finish.
Valkyrie Corsets (UK) is one corsetiere who seemingly does it all, and has been featured extensively in these resource galleries. Here Geraldine has created a grogeous sheer, pointed bridal overbust overlaid with delicate lace.
Nocturnal Garden Atelier (Milan, Italy) offers quite a lot of sheer, lace embellished corsets in their shop! In fact, as a brand with such a gothic flair, this white plunge overbust is rather a divergence from their typical aesthetic, but it was too lovely to pass up. See their Etsy shop for a variety of mesh cinchers, corset belts, collars, gauntlets, headdresses, capes, and more.
Dianna DiNoble of Starkers Corsetry (Toronto, Canada) has been in the corset biz for a long, long time, and has done it all. I had an immensely difficult time choosing just one sheer corset to feature here, but finally opted for this flawless yet simple piece with sweet 3D floral lace and single-boning channels with the smallest seam allowance I’ve ever seen.
Fine Woven (Sheer) Mesh Corsets:
PureOne Corset Works (PCW), run by Yoneyama Junichi (a previous first-prize winner of Foundations Revealed corsetry contest) is one of just three corset brands that hail from Japan. Shown here is a simple white sheer summer corset, but PCW can make sheer corsets longer or shorter, with standard lacing or fan lacing, and other customizations and considerations.
Ferrer Corsets is also a Brazilian corset maker – and it seems that tropical Brazil is taking the summer corset industry by storm as they understand the need to feel cool while training in any climate! Ferrer offers a variety of mesh and net corsets, including the corset above which costs only R$790 (converts to $245 USD).
Urszula (the Emerald Queen and corsetiere behind Emerald Queen Art) is best known for her incredibly light and affordable ribbon cinchers, but she also has experience with sheer corsets as shown here with a fine-mesh underbust with emerald contrast trim and lace.
Jasmine of Sin & Satin LLC (NYC) has looked extensively for a wider range of skintone shades for both her sheer and satin corsets — here you see one of her butterscotch-colored custom underbust corsets for a client.
Woman’s Armor Workshop is a one-woman business run by Alexandra, based in Russia. No stranger to mesh corsets, here is a sweet baby-pink underbust with pearly accents. Alexandra shares fun pics and videos on her Instagram, and in addition to commissioning corsets, you can also support her projects and learn her techniques by supporting her Patreon.
Waisted Creations (Norway) created this impressively plunge overbust with a beautiful color theme of black sheer panels, deep forest green silk, and silver floral motifs and hardware, for an end result that reminds me of melting frost and the first peep of snowdrop flowers on the forest undergrowth.
Alisha (aka Madame Button) of The Bad Button Corsets (Kentucky, USA) is able to source strong corsetry mesh in almost any color you can think of (this one is BLUE!), and loves to combine the sheer panels with fun contrasting boning channels and trim. Check out the full range here! If your aesthetic is unapologetically bold and bright, look no further.
Kirsteen Wythe (formerly Boom Boom Baby Boutique) shows two very different “moods” created with sheer corsetry; first with an ethereal white sheer overbust overlaid with sparkle organza, and second with a bold black overbust with ribbon lattice (can be made in a contrasting color) and black lace trim.
Julianne of Retrofolie (Quebec, Canada) may be better known for her pattern matched corsets, but she can also combine these classical art pieces with sheer panels and lace for clients who live in warmer clients, or simply prefer something more lightweight in the summer months. Julianne is on maternity leave as of 2021 but will be taking commissions again in early 2022!
Sanni, the corsetiere behind Skeletons in the Closet Corsetry (Netherlands), pairs her sheer underbust corset (with decorative Jacquard ribbon boning channels and embellishment) with a lightweight white cotton summer dress.
SnowBlack Corsets offers this lovely corset/girdle, made with a single layer of nylon mesh, and finished in black raw silk shell and coutil lining. While this corset has a waist tape and sturdy two part grommets, SnowBlack says that it is meant to serve as more of a slimming, supportive girdle and doesn’t recommend a reduction of more than 4″ in this. However, it would be the perfect tool to smooth your figure under a retro dress! This corset also features four garter clips, and two additional hidden garter tabs for additional hold of stockings if desired.
Rebecca Balfour of Wild Rose Atelier (Ottawa, Canada) made this incredibly romantic “Amora” corset featuring a tulip hip contour, a base of fine-weave synthetic corsetry mesh, ivory satin boning channels, a narrow crocheted lace trim, and the piece de resistance: a sweetheart wooden busk with custom pyrography by the corsetiere, lovingly hand-sewn between the layers of sheer mesh, on display for all the world to see.
Orchid Corsetry (UK) is a high end lingerie and corsetry brand; the owner Bethan offers a number of sheer designs that fit well with the intimatewear aesthetic, including the Eirlys, a cincher made from silk bobbinet; the Perle and underbusts, made from sunthetic corsetry mesh with lace triml and (above) the Seirian, which is a sheer waspie with corded hip panels. I have a Seirian of my own, and hope to review it soon!
The Dark Garden Risqué corset is aptly named. Made from nylon mesh and silk, the Risqué is available as both a cincher and as a sweetheart overbust (above). The website provides fantastic ideas for wear, mentioning that sheer corsetry serves as a great foundation under formal gowns, or can be worn to show off tattoos.
Twilight Siren Corsetry (UK) can be considered a specialist in sheer corsets – arguably most of the corsets they sell are made from fine-woven corsetry mesh, which they can customize with any other contrasting fabric and color, as well as customize the color of hardware and whether you prefer closed front, busk, or zip.
Marianne is a well-known corsetiere for Dark Garden, but she also has her own corsetry line within Dark Garden’s brand and is a respected designer in her own right: Pop Antique‘s corsets are fun and contemporary, and the Flirt overbust is as coquettish as it gets with its peekaboo panels and little panniers (or “hip fins” as I like to call them).
Mina LaFleur of L’Atelier de LaFleur (Toronto, Canada) proves that there is elegance in simplicity with this smooth sheer overbust that combines modern bust coverage, projection and support in the front, with an Edwardian sweetheart-contoured back. The perfect alignment of grommets in the back shows Mina’s exacting standard of quality and dedication to proper fit.
This overbust corset by Mystras Corsetry (Texas, USA) is one of the most unique designs I’ve seen – a straight-cut, ruched bustline makes for relatively full and modest coverage, juxtaposed by the exhibitionist peekaboo sheer panels below. The satin and floral embellishments are a gorgeous mauve hue that compliments the model’s complexion beautifully.
Bizarre Design proves that horsehair can shape the torso with extreme efficacy given the correct engineering. This sheer overbust with halter straps is capable of giving extreme reductions even without a waist tape.
Anachronism in Action‘s sheer overbust features horsehair that had been dyed a diaphanous ice-blue hue. The beautiful lattice corset also features hundreds of Swarovski crystals over the bust.
Sian Hoffman (UK) powermesh corset-girdles are arguably one of the most recognizable designs of its kind, which combine the dramatic hourglass shape of corsets with the sleekness and mobility offered by powermesh shapewear. Her corsets offer a busk in the front or in the back (a back busk will allow the corset to be smooth in the front), with garters to keep the bottom of the girdle smooth and taut.
Morgana Femme Couture (UK) makes both ready-to-wear and made-to-measure corsets and corset-girdles. This one is particularly stunning as it’s also a cupped overbust (although it also comes in an underbust version). The rigid brocade fabric ends right below the natural waistline, while smoothing and supporting the hips with black powermesh for the best of both worlds.
in 2017, Marianne Faulkner of Pop Antique (California, USA) created this Swimming Corset to lightly cinch the waist and support her back. This corset features a sweetheart front and back (shown; likely a modified Gibson Girl pattern), made from two layers of heavy-duty powermesh, a front zip, and synthetic whalebone instead of steel. In her blog she mentioned that she opted not to add a waist tape so as to avoid any “belted pillow” silhouette and to not hinder her movement in the water. She says that the waistline can expect to expand by about 2 inches when worn, due to the nature of the mesh. Read her original post here, and her FAQ post!
Kitty Krell of Crimson Rose Corsetry (Colorado, USA) released the Power Corset earlier in 2021, having experimented with supportive powermesh corsets for years on herself for 24/7 rib and back support and stabilization for her own EDS-H. The Power Corset features a double-layer of powermesh, synthetic baleen, a molded plastic locking zipper, and stainless steel grommets for a completely washable, waterproof corset. While this corset is cut for serious curves, it also has a slightly elastic waist tape (and very elastic binding) so it can fit a variety of rib and hip springs.
Rebecca Balfour of Wild Rose Atelier (Ottawa, Canada) created the Sirena bathing corset, quoting her inspiration by both Marianne and Kitty. Like the other waterproof corsets, this has a base of powermesh and is boned with synthetic baleen, and features a front zip instead of a metal busk. However because these corsets are completely custom and not ready-to-wear, they can be made in a variety of colors and can also be customized in silhouette, length etc. You can see one of Rebecca’s modified bathing corsets in this Youtube video from one of her clients, who uses a longline version of corset to prevent EDS-related dislocations and injuries in the bath, especially through the hips.
More of an honorable mention than anything else, here is a (farrrrr) throwback to 2012 when I experimented with a single layer of powermesh, enforced by black satin coutil front and back panels, and a diamond waistband. It looks a bit rough around the edges; at the time I opted to serge the top and bottom edges to avoid fixed springs, as well as reduce bulk when worn under clothing.
Super Strong (Upholstery-weight mesh) Training Corsets
Delicate Facade Corsetry has made this summer corset made with “heavy duty, industrial grade, tightlacing quality mesh”, for a special client who requires a surgery support corset 24/7 after a horrendous accident. DF Corsetry has prettied up this breezy piece with highly decorative latticework. You can learn more about Delicate Facade, and read more about Sasha’s story here.
(Honorable Mention) Contour Corsets used to make arguably the strongest modern mesh corsets in the world. Fran incorporates space-age materials into her corsets, capable of withstanding 23/7 use and cinching the waistline by over 25%. Fran likens her mesh corsets to a glider – strong, yet light. The synthetic mesh and the construction of the corset are both so strong that the addition of a waist tape would be superfluous. My review of the summer Contour Corset can be found here. As Fran has retired from the corset business, this listing is a transition between the corsets above, and the other honorable mentions below.
Sparklewren also offered some sheer corsetry, from cinchers to full cupped overbust corsets. Natural sheer mesh sees layers upon layers of French lace appliqué in true Sparklewren fashion to create an ethereal one-of-a-kind design. Sparklewren no longer takes custom commissions, but does sporadically create small corset collections that are primarily sold through her Instagram.
Atelier Sylphe has created a beautiful sheer pointed overbust from poly horsehair and twill, also giving an impressive silhouette without a waist tape. While Atelier Sylphe is still active as a corsetiere, she only makes samples and no longer takes custom commissions.
Fairy GothMother also offered a standard-sized mesh cincher for £215, in tulle and black lace. They recommend this for light wear (2-4 inches reduction). If you prefer a more plain mesh, they had mesh cinchers in black and (relatively rare) all-red cincher for only £165. You can still catch one or two more mesh cinchers in their outlet on clearance here!
Contessa Gothique Design makes semi-mesh corsets with alternating panels of poly netting and cotton coutil – the one shown above is the one I own. The net is soft like tulle, but the double-layer makes for a strong piece. Embellished with lace appliqué and Swarovski crystals, this pretty piece holds up very well to tightlacing and accentuates any summer outfit while still keeping me cool – but if you prefer, the corset can be made more plain as well. See my review of this Contessa Gothique corset here.
What Katie Did previously offered a few mesh styles in the Demi-Couture section of their website. The Cabaret Sophia, Cabaret Laurie and Cabaret Morticia corsets featured panels of a double layer of soft organza in either soft peach or sultry black, and maintain as curvy a silhouette as ever. See my review of the Cabaret two-tone Laurie here.
JL Corsets offered some fun-yet-tough sports mesh corset in any combination of colors – you can order a corset in just one shade, but why not have ALL the colors?!
The Heart and the Half Moon is a collaboration between April of Tighter Corsets, and Cat of Madame LeMieux Corsetry (both in Washington state, USA). Together they made gorgeous lightweight corsets made from ultra-breathable bobbinet and super-strong cotton-backed satin. This project has been on hiatus due to studies, but we love their creations all the same.
Angela Stringer Corsetry has a continual theme on floral prints. In the above corset, she combines the sophistication of sheer panels with floral femininity to create a unique piece that’s both playful and smoldering. This is available in both overbust and underbust versions.
I wouldn’t feel right without mentioning the late Velda Lauder’s sheer underbust, as she designed this years ago before any of the other corsetieres in this section had discovered corset-suitable sheer fabric. Ms Lauder forged a path all her own, and will be fondly remembered for her beautiful designs.
*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.