Ann wrote: "Hi guys! Long-time OB lurker, first time writing ... So here goes. I LOVE the corset in this photo (http://www.rosemortem.com/narcissebustleskirt.aspx), made by Lady Maeve's Closet, but unfortunately LMC exists no longer. I was wondering if you could find something similar with a white background? I have a few strong preferences for anything you may find: price, $300 or under if possible; an actual corset as opposed to something one would find in Hot Topic or Frederick's of Hollywood (I am on the plus-size side); I would prefer it to be an overbust style but not a sweetheart style, cover the nipples but not take away from the neckline if that makes sense. This may be a lot to ask, but I have faith in you!"
What a fun request! And we can see why it gave you a bit of trouble. Your white/red color combination, although awesome, doesn't seem to be one many corset makers use, which is a shame. We think your best bet is to purchase a custom corset so you're sure to get exactly what you want. Here are some of the makers you might want to consider with your budget! (The pictures above show the maker's work so you can decide if this is artist you'd like to work with.)
1. Jill Hoverman Victorian Overbust ($325)
2. Isabella Corsetry Custom ($430) or Made to Order ($290) - The made-to-order options come in 180 different fabric choices, so it's worth a look to see if one of them strikes your fancy before going the more expensive custom route.
3. Dark Garden Classic Victorian Corset in poplin ($325) - You can order this with contrast binding in red if you're find with just plain white/red.
4. Meschantes Victorian Overbust ($210)
Another option you have is to get a plain white corset that would undoubtedly be less expensive than a full custom, and have it embroidered or fitted with a lace overlay. A local seamstress should be able to do the job easily in just a few days. Good luck and have fun picking out your new corset!
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