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Sizing for all corsets is in inches at the waist. The general rule for finding your corset size is to measure your own waist and subtract 4-8 inches depending on your desired reduction level.
How to measure
For optimal fit we always recommend ordering custom, however for our ready to wear collection There are 4 important measurements to know: Underbust, Waist, Hip, and torso length. Take a measuring tape and wrap the full length around your body. Reduce your waist measurement and then choose the UB and hip size that most resemble yours.
VIEW SIZE CHART HERE
How can I be sure this is my size?
Some corset wearers prefer to wear their corsets fully closed and thats great! If this is your goal then order the waist size that you want to eventually lace down to. Otherwise, we advise an extra lacing gap of about 2 inches in the back. This allows for more movement, comfort, and molding to your shape.
Please read more on CORSET SAFETY for safe lacing practices!
Am I between sizes?
If you feel like you fall in between two sizes we recommend sizing down.
If either the rib or hip spring of one size is too large/ small and all other measurements match, you may be better off ordering a custom! There is nothing fun about wearing a long term corset that doesn't fit your shape. Ask us about custom pricing!
How do I clean my corset?
Corsets, like all clothing, need care and washing too! Having steel insides takes machine washing out of the question. Taking your corset to a dry cleaners is the best way to clean it. However, this is not always necessary. So what do we do in between large scale washes?
If your corset is still clean for wear but may have gotten a smudge of dirt or food on it, you will need to mix a bit of water and your choice of fabric cleaner on a clean rag or sponge. Gently dab it until the spot comes out and leave to air dry. Cotton or polyester layers will be fine to use with most fabric cleaning solutions. *Please be careful with silk and wool, they will require specific solutions and a very gentle hand.
This is a very common trick within costuming and theatrical circles so listen up if you are unfamiliar with this, it may save you a couple trips to the dry cleaners if you don't wear corsets too often!
50% distilled water
50% Vodka or Isopropyl alcohol
You will want an alcohol with 100 proof, or higher than 50% on the label. This ensures that the bacteria is killed and keeps your corset smelling fresh. The water keeps the alcohol from evaporating instantly to ensure that the cleaning happens both inside and outside the layers. This is important! Mix this solution in a spray bottle and completely saturate the fabric. Leave face open to air dry.
How do I store my corset?
Once your corset is dry to the touch, it is best to store it like you would most of your luxury items. You can wrap it in a breathable lingerie bag if you prefer keeping dust off of it, otherwise it is perfectly acceptable to hang in your closet using a coat hanger. (No clamps!)
"BREAKING IN" YOUR CORSET
Seasoning, wearing in, breaking in-- whatever you call it, is a common practice, and easy to do with patience. If you're keen to ordering custom corsets you should be able to lace down instantly and comfortably. Ready to wear sizes on the other hand involve a bit more restraint.
The general rule of thumb is to size down an inch or two weekly, at a maximum 2 hours per wear session. Once you can lace down to this level with ease, only then should you lace down further or extend your wear time. Please listen to your body. Corsets are meant for comfort and support!
Always-- and we mean ALWAYS ask a doctor if you have any concerns or conditions preventing you from safely lacing into a corset. We are not medical professionals, and although there can be many benefits to wearing one, we understand that corsets may not be for everyone.
Listen to your body.
Corseting is a very intimate practice. Wait and listen to your body whether you're putting on a corset for the first time, or you tight lace daily. Our bodies are meant to change their shape constantly. If you feel as though you can't Lace down as tightly as you had the day before, this is normal. Don't force it. You're allowed to adjust as many times as needed.
Corsets should not be painful!
If you experience pain in any form take off your corset IMMEDIATELY. This may be due to an extremely ill fitting corset or some underlying medical issue. It's better to be safe and opt out of wearing it until you can be sure.
If you are feeling pinching or pressure in a certain area chances are it is the wrong size or shape for you. Corsets should never be a "one size fits most" situation. Think of this as a good opportunity to invest in a good custom product!
be prepared to cut through the laces in case of emergency
This is one of the reasons we recommend a lacing gap of two inches. Accidents and illnesses do happen, if you need to quickly remove your corset this is the safest and quickest way.
Research. Research. Research!
Before you begin your corset journey its always good to do some homework. Search around and find what techniques and shapes work best for you, what to avoid, and how to safely practice cinching.
Can tightlacing damage my organs?
Short answer- No.
Always ask a doctor if you have any specific concerns or conditions but generally your insides are made to move around and be quite resilient! Fun fact: organs move around more being pregnant than tightlacing in any corset!
Like anything really, corsets can be dangerous if they are misused! Read the previous section about Corset safety to ensure that you are lacing responsibly.
Will wearing a corset restrict my breathing?
You Should not have breathing issues when wearing a corset. If you do find it hard to breath, you are probably wearing a corset that is the wrong size for you.
Is waist training the same as tight lacing?
No. Generally speaking waist training is a term thrown around by many different people. Some use it for exercise, some use it referring to any kind of shapeware, including elastic and stretch wear. In the corset community it simply means building a sort of "tolerance" for an amount of pressure on your abdomen over time, allowing your body to rest naturally in the shape your corset has designed for you!
Tight lacing on the other hand is the specific act of lacing down to extreme reductions for fashion, or body modification, or many other reasons. This can be for long term or short periods of time. RESPONSIBLY of course.
ORDERS & SHIPPING
Everything at Hail Satin is made to order, please allow at least 2 weeks to be made and prepared for shipment. The tracking order will be supplied at time of shipment. Please let us know if you have any Questions regarding your order to ensure that it gets out as timely as possible. If you need your order sooner than the 2 week period, please inquire about rush orders for an additional fee.
RETURNS & EXCHANGES
Hail Satin Corsetry accepts returns and exchanges of ready to wear items and accessories within 7 days of receiving your purchase. Made to order items come with a restocking fee of 10%. Please contact us as soon as possible if there are any problems with your order, or if you would like to cancel/change you order.
We do not accept returns or exchanges for custom designs, masks, or any product that has been worn, washed, or tampered with. Customer is responsible for return shipping.
Hail Satin is more than happy to work with you for whatever project you desire. We love Cosplay, Burlesque, Drag, Halloween, Faires, and even Weddings! Please inquire with us about any project to receive a quote. More details on our CUSTOM page!
Additionally most of the readily available items in our shop are customizable free of charge. Please inquire with us for more info.
In short, I will not sell your personal information, nor do I need it beyond corresponding with and shipping orders to you.
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