Complete and accurate measurements are essential to the creation of a properly fitting corset that is both flattering and comfortable. If possible, please ask a trusted friend, family member, or tailor to take your measurements for you, as they will be more accurate than measurements you take yourself.
Please be honest with your measurements. No one will see them except me, and to me they are only numbers. Submitting vanity measurements will result in fitting problems, delays, and possibly fees. Please submit your current measurements. Do not guess at what size you think you might be after you lose weight. If you are not confident in your measurements, I recommend you purchase mockup service with remote fitting. The mockup will help me spot any measurement mistakes and fit imperfections before your final corset is made. There are no returns, exchanges or refunds if your corset doesn't fit due to incorrect measurements or improper size selection. If you need help with your measurements, please email me.
Optional: Please provide me with clear pictures of your body, wearing close fitting clothing. Pictures will help me better understand your build, which will aid in the pattern drafting process. You don’t have to show your face. All photos and measurements are kept confidential.
Please email me at alexis(at)electradesigns(dot)net if you have any questions.
When to measure: I recommend you take your measurements after a light meal or on an empty stomach. if you plan to wear your corset during the day, take your measurements during the day. If you plan to wear it in the evening, take your measurements in the evening. Our bodies change throughout the day. For example, we are shorter at the end of the day than we are when we wake up in the morning, so take your measurements when your body is most like it will be when you plan to wear your corset most often.
What You Will Need:
What to Wear: Please wear a comfortable, supportive, unpadded bra (a snug sports bra works best). If you are a cross dresser, please wear your bra, breast forms and any padding you plan to wear under your corset. Wear modest underwear, or take measurements over bare skin in ensure accurate results. If you plan to wear high heels with your corset, wear heels of the same height while you take your measurements and when you take your pictures. Heels affect the posture and curve of the spine.
How to Locate Your Waist: Before you take your measurements, tie a string around your natural waistline. To locate your natural waist, wrap a belt around the part that can tolerate the most reduction above the shelf of your hips. Tighten the belt to be sure you are in the right spot. Your natural waist line is at the bottom edge of the belt. Draw a line on your skin, at the side of your body and at center front, right at the bottom edge of the belt. Remove your belt and tie the string in the same place as the mark on your skin. Make sure the string stays in that place during your entire measuring session. The string will act as a point of reference to indicate where your natural waist line is.
How to Measure: Stand up straight with feet hipbone width apart. Face a full length mirror if possible so you can make sure you are measuring correctly. Do not stand unnaturally erect or slouch. Ask your assistant to take all measurements snugly against the body, but do not suck it in or pull the measuring tape too tight (unless specified). Take care not to measure over thumb or fingers and be sure to use the correct end of the tape measure. Take all circumference measurements parallel to the floor, and all vertical measurements straight up and down. It is wise to measure twice for accuracy. You may use inches or centimeters.