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Corset 101 Video Blog: Inner vs Outer Corset Circumference

My Size 24 Steel Boned Corset is Fully Closed

So Why Do I Measure Almost 26 Inches?

Fully Closed size 24 CS-411 (outer measurement)

Hello OC Blog Readers! I can’t tell you how many times I get emails or phone calls that ask that question. The short answer is the corset has thickness. When a size 24 corset is fully laced shut-your waist will be at 24 inches (inside of the corset)-not the outside of the corset.

Now if you take a piece of ribbon that is 24 inches long and can wrap that around your waist completely, it will measure 24 inches, as it is a very thin piece of ribbon. Your steel boned corset from Orchard Corset, however is crafted using several layers of high quality material and from 16-24 steel bones (in our double boned models).  Each of these layers and steel bones adds size, so when you run a tape measure around the outside of your closed corset it will measure 2-3 inches more than the size of the corset. The larger the corset the more the difference due to more fabric.

Size 24 CS-411

This question comes up more often with our more petite ladies who were wanting to go from their natural 25 or 26 inch waist down to say a 22 or 23 inch. Even if they are able to completely close a size 22 corset, their net loss with the corset on will be negligible to none at all. And for very small framed ladies with very little “fluff”, your underbust measurement might even be more when corseted, as you likely aren’t receiving any reduction there and the corset will add thickness. Your overall shape will certainly be much curvier (which is what a corset is designed to do). Your natural waist line will diminish over time if waist reduction from waist training is your desired goal (with patience and diligence in your waist training efforts).

Corset 101 Video: Inner vs Outer Corset Circumference

Well, there you have it! Mystery solved! There is nothing wrong with your corset. If you still aren’t sure, measure one side (on the inside) at the smallest point and double it. So if you have a size 24 corset, the smallest part of one side should measure about 12 inches (there can be a variations of about a quarter inch either way). Let us know if there are burning questions out there we have left unanswered and we will do our best to answer them.

I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


  • Hannah

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! My natural waist is 34″ and I’ve been wearing a size 26 religiously since February but only ever measured down to 30″, despite the back being almost completely closed. I was getting so discouraged, but I feel much better now (:

  • Bree

    Thankk you so much for this! When my 30 inch 426 is laced all the way down and i measure my waist, it’s 34 inches. I was so worried I damaged it! Well I know i asthetically damaged it (the satin looks strained around the bones from me not seasoning it in long enough) but yeah~

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