Personal Shopper: A White and Red Corset for Ann

Ann wrote: "Hi guys! Long-time OB lurker, first time writing ... So here goes. I LOVE the corset in this photo (, 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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Posted on 04.18.11 at 12:40 PM

Also... give Etsy a search! I needed a corset last Hallowe'en and there are some gorgeous handmade ones there. xo


Posted on 04.18.11 at 3:10 PM

Not exactly what Ann asked for, but Hips and Curves makes quite lovely corsets for plus ladies. Unfortunately most are sweetheart rather than overbust, but I think the quality for the price is worth considering.

The Peds

Posted on 04.18.11 at 6:50 PM

I'd also recommend Trashy Diva's custom corsets, they're built to last and you can get them with all different types of boning so they can be as hard or as pliable as you'd like. I'd call them since their website is partly under construction, but here's some of their stuff


Posted on 04.19.11 at 6:32 AM

Apparently my last comment didn't post.

Do not buy these crappy made corsets that sell for $8 whole sale, (No joke I have bought #2 for that back when I didn't know any better)

These corsets are not made for people with a body or any curves what-so-ever. They bend and fold and over all hurt.

I only buy from Damsel in this Dress because she understands the curvy and the stick thin, and Michelle works hard with her customers to get them exactly what they want. Also she charges loads less for a simple corset that laces up with steel reinforced grommets and will alter your corset if you lose or gain weight for just the shipping fee back to her.

Just take a look at her Artfire or Etsy and you can like her page on Facebook. She's amazing and will customize with any fabric she has.


Posted on 04.19.11 at 9:33 AM

Hi Alex, thanks for your input. While it's a shame you've had a bad experience with companies similar to Isabella Corsetry, there are many others out there on the interwebz that sing this specific company's praises, including fantasy photographers who go so far as to say it's the best corset maker out there in their opinions. Thank you, too, for recommending Damsel in This Dress, which also has amazing reviews. The reason it wasn't included in this PS is, while she may customize fabric choices, her incredible corsets just aren't the style Ann was looking for, and Ann was very specific about the type of corset she wanted, not just the fabric/embroidery on it. This excluded a lot of fantastic makers, unfortunately, although they are out there! I do think your recommendation may be beneficial to some of our other readers, though!

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