Measuring For a Corset
Before or during your online private consultation, you will need to measure yourself. While it can be helpful to have someone to measure you, it’s pretty easy to do it yourself.
We’ll also need some photos of you, because measurements alone won’t tell us about your proportions and the way your tissues are distributed. Here’s how to take accurate measurements and helpful photos.
Taking Fitting Photos
- Put on your best bra and something fitted that shows the shape of your lower body, like fitted jeans or leggings. Avoid baggy sweats or skirts as that conceals your shape too much. You can put on a leotard or tight top if you don’t feel comfortable in just a bra.
- You can take your own photo in a full-length mirror if you don’t have someone to take it for you, but do ensure that the final picture looks like you, not foreshortened or distorted.
- Take a full-length photo that shows you from the front, the side, and the back. Your face doesn’t have to be in it if you don’t want, but we need your shoulders in the shot.
- Put on your best bra and undies. If possible, measure with nothing else on; if you need more coverage, wear something fitted and non-bulky, like a thin tight T-shirt or leotard and leggings or lightweight pants that won’t affect the measurements.
- Find a tape measure. You can get them at Safeway, Walmart, dollar stores or fabric stores, among others. Grab a pen and some paper, and wrote down your measurements as you go.
- If you have someone to measure you, great. Otherwise, stand in front of a mirror so you can see what you’re doing.
- For each circumference measurement, you will wrap the tape measure around your body, and pull it snug (enough so it won’t slide down or move at all) but not so tightly that it digs into your skin. Hold the tape measure so it remains level all the way around, parallel to the floor, not tilted up or down.
- Full Bust: Measure around the largest part of your breasts over your bra.
- Rib Cage: Now measure around your body where your bra band sits.
- Waist: Measure around your body where your waist indents the most. If your waist doesn’t indent, measure around your belly button level.
- High Hip: Measure around your body about three inches or so down from waist level from the last step. Don’t worry about getting the position of this measurement too exact; we need it more for extra reference than anything.
- Full Hip: Measure around your body about seven inches down from waist level. You don’t need to worry about getting this one too exact either.
- Height: Stand barefoot with your back to a wall or in a doorway. Put a tissue or cereal box on top of your head and against the wall (so the box is square against the wall). Make a mark on the wall where the bottom of the box touches the wall and measure from the floor to that mark.
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Weight Changes and Corsets
Think you should wait to buy a corset until you’ve lost some weight? Afraid you might grow or shrink out of your corset?
Fear not! A properly fitted corset can accommodate a shocking amount of weight fluctuation, and can actually be a very useful way of measuring changes to your body. You really don’t need to wait until you’re at a certain weight before you invest in one, or worry that you can’t wear a corset if you gain or lose weight after you buy one.
Here’s why: a corset fits your basic bone structure and length proportions, not your soft squishy parts. As you grow or shrink, your size will change, but your underlying structure will not.
This is why we always recommend that you buy a corset with a gap in the back lacing – 1 to 3 inches if you’re very skinny (because you can’t shrink much anyway) or very stable in weight, 4 to 6 inches if you’re normal. But if you’re seriously planning on losing a lot of weight, you can start with as much gap in the back as you’re comfortable with. Or if you know you’ll be putting on some weight, start with a smaller gap than normal.
As a rule of thumb, allow in inch of gap in the back for every 10 pounds you lose or gain. Kitty has successfully fitted people who wanted to lose 80 or 90 pounds, who wore their corsets the whole time, just taking the back in tighter as they lost weight. This obviously required a big gap in the back, more than you might be comfortable with having. But 30 or 40 pounds? No problem.
If you don’t like showing so much skin in the back, you have the additional option of requesting a modesty panel put in, so everything’s covered.