Corset Q & A Series,  Corsets

Corset Q & A Episode 22: An alternative way to measure torso length!

In our Corset Q & A series we’ll be giving you quick answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding steel boned corsets, waist training and corseting here at Orchard Corset.

A few weeks ago we published a Corset Q & A blog about how to measure your torso length.  The most common reason that many of our customers need their torso length is that they want to know if they can wear our CS 426 underbust corset. It’s a longline corset and requires a seated torso length of at least 11 inches to be able to sit comfortably while wearing it. One of our very clever YouTube fans pointed out that a very quick and easy way of determining if you have the length for a CS 426 is to use a magazine! They aren’t quite a full 11 inches in length (most of the time), but it’s close. Magazines are pretty stiff, so if you can sit down with the magazine between your underbust and upper thigh and the magazine doesn’t buckle, you’ve likely got enough torso length for the CS 426. How’s that for a corseting life hack?! Many thanks to Sherri our very clever YouTube commenter whose name I FINALLY found (but not before I finished the video).

Thanks for joining us for another Corset Q & A and please let us know in the comments if you have any questions that you’d like to see in a future Corset Q & A.

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  • Jeanne yazinski

    I love your corsets and have one for every day of the week! However, I hate the stomach pouch it gives me. I just assumed all corsets did that. When I was first purchasing, I was advised to get the 426 short in 28 or 201 mesh in 26. I asked about the 411 and was told was too hippy for that. So recently I purchased a leather corset in the 401 by mistake. It fits perfect with no tummy pouch! I then bought another because I loved it, but now I have 6 or 7 other corsets that I bought over the last 2 months that I will never wear again because they make my somach bulge. It’s too bad the fit expert didn’t tell me to try one of each, because I’ve spent a lot of money on corsets I will probably never wear again.

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Jeanne, sizing is much more of an art than a science. People with very similar, even identical, measurements can still have a great variation of actual body type. Someone that is very ‘squishy’ can often wear a corset that is 2 or even 3 sizes different from a very firm person with the same measurements. We really do try our very best for each and every customer that we size online, but occasionally we miss the mark! I’m very happy that you did find a style that works well for you though! I know that many people have good luck selling their corsets online when they’ve sized down, so you may want to look into that for the corsets that do not suit you. Also, be sure to have a look at our return policy, as if you did not season the corsets and they are still in ‘new’ condition, they may be eligible for return.

  • Sabrina

    I’m looking to buy a corset specifically for waist training and supporting my back. There are so many corsets to choose from I don’t know which corset(s) would work for me. I’m hippy as well. I’m hoping the CS 426 will work. And I don’t know which size I should get.

    Under bust: 30″
    Waist: 30″
    Upper hip: 40″
    Torso: 10″

    Thank You

  • Megan

    Thanks for this. I tested this out and don’t think I’m long enough for the 426. I’m not sure whether I should get the 345 or the 426 short now, or what size I should get. My measurements are as follows:
    Underbust- about 35
    Waist- 34″ although the other day I thought it was 33″ so right in that range
    Upper Hip: 41″
    I’m 5’2 BTW. I want to waist train to obviously trim my waist, help with my “love handles” and also to help train my floating ribs on my left side that bug me. Can anybody help? Thanks!

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