Before you begin to don your new corset you will want to put on whatever undergarments, as well as stockings, shoes or boots that you want to wear. It will be quite difficult to get your stockings on when you can’t bend at the waist, even if you have help! It is really best if you have help getting into your corset; imperative if you are wearing an overbust corset! Waist cinchers do not have the weight that full corsets have and you can learn to get into them by yourself over time. Start by unhooking the front busk and unlacing the back as much as possible, or until you can comfortably wrap the corset around you. Start by placing the corset behind you, centering the back modesty panel in the center of your back with the waist of the corset situated at your waistline. Bring the corset around to the front and hook up the front busk. Some people start hooking at the bottom, however I prefer to start at the top and work my way down. This seems to help the corset position to stay in place better. Holding a finger on the top hook also helps to keep it attached at this point. Once the busk is hooked, you will now start the lacing in the back. Holding on to the corset with a flat hand on the front panel, draw up the “loops” that are located at the waist where the long tab for holding the lacing on the modesty panel is. Give this a good tug, pulling out a lot of the lacing. This holds the corset at the waistline for proper placement. If you desire to add bust enhancement pads, this is the time to put them in! Now go to the top and begin to draw up the lacing, working your way down to the waist. At the waist, draw up the excess by pulling it out through the “loops”. Now go to the bottom of the corset and draw up the excess towards the waist. When you have achieved the maximum amount of cinching that you desire, tie off the “loops” as you would tie a shoe. NEVER wrap the ties around to the front. This not only looks tacky but can ruin the fabric and the embellishments on the corset very quickly.
Some of the many websites that make custom corsets do bridal corsets and the accompanying pieces as well. Whereas I have the ability to do so, having had a previous business of custom bridal gowns, formal wear and tuxedos, I do not wish to specialize in this at this time. That is not to say that I will turn down a job of a custom bridal corset if it is a unique request that I can have the fun of designing. It would have to be something that I can create (with your input of course) without boundaries on my imagination, and with ample amount of time to design and construct the garment. Any finished product would be something you would approve of, but would also be something ‘uniquely you’.
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Please stay in communication with us as we will with you, by answering phone calls, texts and emails within 48 hours! We try to stay in touch by emails or text so that we can attend to all clients fairly, however if we just have a quick question or need to speak more in depth we may phone you. If you cannot respond right then, we understand. However, if you do not get back to us within 48 hours it may impede the production of another garment and yours may be put “at the back of the line”. Texting is a very convenient form of communication for us, and does not interrupt a conversation so we use it on a regular basis to keep in touch. If this is not something that is agreeable to you please let us know. If we do not hear from you within 2 weeks your order will be cancelled and your deposits forfeited. We will then have the right to sell the garment to another client or destroy it at will.
If and when you have an appointment with us at our place of business, you must be on time. When someone fails to make their scheduled appointment on time it can throw off an entire weeks’ worth of work. To be 15-30 minutes (or more) late for your appointment would be like us taking a phone call during your appointment and making you wait for half an hour while we talked to someone else! Your time is valuable, so is ours. Our penalties may seem harsh but we have learned from experience that fairness to everyone means consideration by everyone as well. We would prefer you cancel or reschedule an appointment instead of coming late and expecting the same consideration you would get if you were on time. Missed appointments will be charged at a fee of $75, added to your account if you are more than 15 minutes late; another fee of $75 for the second time. The third time your order will be canceled, and all money and deposits paid up until then AND your corset will be forfeited. If you are unable to make your appointment and need to reschedule, please do so as soon as possible! If you reschedule at least a week in advance we will not penalize you with a fee. Life happens. If you must reschedule 3-5 days prior to your appointment a $50 fee will be added to your account. The second time you must reschedule, the fee will be doubled. On the third time your order will be canceled and all money and deposits paid up to then AND your corset will be relinquished. You will lose your corset as we do not want anyone else to complete our work.