How to Take Measurements
~ Follow the image examples and fill in the measurement form ~
How to Measure
When taking measurements, ensure the tape measure is parallel to the waist string and not at an angle as you see in this image.
When measuring, do not pull the tape too tightly. The tape should be snug just before it would indent and wrinkle the skin.
The illustrations below show the important lines to be measured: bust, waist, hip and underarm. In making these measurements, draw the tape measure firmly around the body and send us the exact measurements. We will allow for lacing, etc.
Every Woman May be Comfortable Corseted
Please review our styles, some of them are intended for you. Read the description with each illustration. Note the instructions for self measurement. And when you write us, please state what type of corset you have been wearing: where the satisfaction or dissatisfaction lies; whether you are long or short-waisted in proportion to your height; whether you are a full figure, average, stout or slender; whether the bust is out of proportion with the hip measurement or vice-versa. We want to know your figure defects and figure advantages. Then the skilled corsetieres in our employ, whose sole occupation is to attend to the individual needs of our customers, will advise you as to the corset you should wear; or if you prefer, they will make a selection for you.
Tie a piece of string around your waist to provide you with a point to use for measuring. For women, this is approximately 1” above your bellybutton. For men, if a female waist is desired, tie the string approximately 1.5” – 2” above your bellybutton. It is extremely important that the string is tied at the narrowest part of the waist below the rib cage and above the pelvic bone; this area provides the most in waist reduction.
Custom Corsets Measurements Form
~ Provide us with your body measurements so we can start developing your custom corset ~
Circumference of your bust at the widest point (bust point)
2. Breast Measure
Measure vertically across your right breast from the inside of the breast over the bust point to the outside of the breast. This point is across your breast, from one end of where your underwire would end to the other. Repeat for the left breast.
3. Under Bust/ Rib cage
Circumference of your rib cage just below your bust, usually at the bottom elastic of your bra.
4. Over Bust
Circumference of your upper chest with the tape measure directly under your arm pits.
5. Waist and Waist Reduction
Circumference of your waist at the narrowest point, around the bellybutton. For desired waist reduction: the waist measurement of the corset when laced completely closed, usually 4”-6” smaller than your natural waist measure.
Circumference of your hip 5″ below the waist string.
7. Widest Hip
Circumference of your hip at it’s widest point. For women, this is usually parallel to the crotch. For men, this is usually 5” below the waist string.
Center Front Vertical
8. Center Front Waist to Top of Corset
Measure from the waist tape up to where you want the corset to come between your breasts.
9. Center Front Waist to Bottom of Corset
Measure from the waist tape down to where you want your corset to end. With this same measurement, sit down and use a ruler to measure to cover the tummy and end just above the pubic bone, be sure the corset will not interfere with leg bending and sitting posture. For women this can be as low as the bikini line. For men, this measure is usually 4” or less.
Side Front Vertical
10. Side Front Waist to Under Bust
Measure from your side body waist string up to the point under your bust; do not measure into the breast tissue, but below it.
11. Side Front Waist to Nipple
Measure from your side body waist string up to your nipple.
12. Nipple to Top of Corset
Measure from your nipple up to where you want your corset to end.
13. Nipple to Under Bust
Measure from your nipple to the bottom of your breast.
14. Side Body Waist to Top of Corset
Measure from the side body waist tape up to where you want the corset to end beside or below your breast.
For Over Bust corsets – measure from your side body waist string up to the outside edge of the underwire on your bra.
15. Waist to Top of Corset
Measure from your side waist tape up to where you want the corset to end under your arm. This is usually to the top of the bra.
16. Waist to Bottom of Corset
Measure from your side waist tape down to where you want the corset to end. For a Victorian corset, this is normally 3-4”. For an Edwardian corset, this measurement is normally 5-6”.
Center Back Vertical
17. Waist to Top of Corset
Measure from the back waist tape up to where you want the corset to end.
18. Waist to Bottom of Corset
Measure from the back waist tape down to where you want the corset to end.
Use this form to provide us your measurements. You can send this form and order your custom corset in our online store. Please make sure that you fill in all fields, so we can make a corset that will fit perfect around your body. If you need help with taking measurements, please contact us or visit our shop.
The numbers refer to the example images.
We Utilize the Highest Skill Known to the Art of Corset Making
Each Lace Embrace corset begins with an inspiration from an antique corset. All patterns are verified with a sample product to ensure the correct historical shape is achieved. Upon attaining an authentic shape, a graded pattern is created to your measurements.
Extra care is taken to ensure the corset moulds your figure. All construction and placement of boning corresponds with the original corset. This precise method provides you with a corset made to support and shape your body in the same manner as the original.