Katie's Corset Journey

I first discovered corsets when I worked at Skin Two Clothing in 1995. I loved the way they immediately changed the figure and emphasized the waist. Today I wear a corset nearly every day and love the accentuated shape it gives me. Watch the movie to find out more about my corset journey.

For a lot of us, investing in your first corset is a big step, and you need to take some time to research and decide what corset is best for you.

You should find everything you need to know on this page, but if something is missing please let me know.

About Our Corsets

I developed the first corset line for What Katie Did in 2004, and over the years, have refined our designs into a capsule collection that is designed to suit a wide range of different figure shapes, torso lengths and sizes.

Unique to What Katie Did is our range of standard and extreme underbust corsets. You can start with the standard version of one of our corsets then move on to the extreme version if you want to take your waist training further.

If you are looking for a waist training corset then you need to be looking at an underbust corset. Underbust corsets start just beneath the bust and finish at various points on the hip, so only cinch your mid-section. Generally it's far easier to get a dramatic hourglass shape with an underbust corset, plus they're easier to stealth under clothing, and allow your body to move more freely. While we don't recommend our corsets for 23/7 waist training, they are suitable for day training, where you wear your corset for between 8 and 12 hours a day.

How to Measure Yourself for a Corset

Corset Sizing

Our Corsets are sized by 'reduced waist size'. This means the size of the corset when fully closed. For example, a size 24" corset will measure 24" when fully closed. To determine your corset size you need to measure your waist firmly and deduct a number of inches.

Please note that your jean size is not your waist measurement! You need to measure the narrowest part of your torso which is a lot higher up. The amount of inches you take off will depend on a variety of factors, including the corset style and your build, but is generally between 3 and 5 inches (precise details are included for by corset style).

Please be aware that you need to check your measurements before ordering. For our Underbust Corsets we supply both the vertical lengths and circumference . Please compare your measurements to ours to determine which corset will be right for your figure type.

Finally, be aware that the top and bottom corset measurement we provide are for the corset being entirely closed at the back. It is pretty standard to aim for a gap of 2".

Your Squishability!

Our corsets come in reduced waist sizes 18" to 34" which roughly equals UK dress sizes 8-18, US dress sizes 4 to 14.

If you are a UK dress size 8 (US 4) you will have less body fat than if you are a UK dress size 18 (US 14), so it will be harder for you to immediately get a dramatic corseted shape. We recommend you stick with the sizing recommendations for each of our corsets, which can be seen by clicking the sizing tab at the top of each product description.

If you are a UK dress size 12-14 (US 8-10) you should be able to get a great corseted shape, without too much effort and without worrying too much about flub at the top and bottom of the corset. Again, you need to go by our sizing recommendations. The only thing that might cause you difficultly is if you are very athletic and have a high muscle to fat ratio. Then, like your more slender friends, you will find it harder to waist train as muscle is far less squishy than fat.

If you are a UK dress size 16 (US 12) or above, then you're in luck as fat is squishy and you'll be able to quickly tight lace yourself to create hourglass curves. You might want to go for a size smaller than stated as it's common for curvier girls to be able to reduce their waist by 6 or even 7 inches with one of our curvier corsets! However, please check the rib and hip measurements of our corsets before doing this as if they are too small for you, they will result in what can only be called, rather unglamorously, flub.  

Putting on Your Corset

Putting on a corset does take a little practice but gets easier each time.

Remember to allow 10-15 minutes to put on your corset the first few times so you have plenty of time and dont get stressed out.

You are ideally looking for an even gap at the back of your laces: so two parallel lines, not a V (or upside down V) which would imply that the corset is too small for you on your ribcage or hip.

There is no hard rule as to how big the gap at the back of your corset should be, but I like to aim for a 2" gap once I've worn my corset in.

Do I Need A Modesty Panel?

Putting on a corset does take a little practice but gets easier each time.

Remember to allow 10-15 minutes to put on your corset the first few times so you have plenty of time and dont get stressed out.

You are ideally looking for an even gap at the back of your laces: so two parallel lines, not a V (or upside down V) which would imply that the corset is too small for you on your ribcage or hip.

There is no hard rule as to how big the gap at the back of your corset should be, but I like to aim for a 2" gap once I've worn my corset in.

Is My Corset Upside Down?

How to Hide Your Corset Laces

Keeping Your Corset Fresh

1. Wear a liner. If you plan to wear your corset frequently then you can prolong it’s life by wearing a corset liner. We advise wearing a close fitting stretch cotton camisole with little spaghetti straps that can be tucked inside the corset or snipped off if required. We don't sell corset liners as cotton camisoles are so cheap and easy to pick up.

2. Hang up to air over the back of a chair or draped over a clothes hanger. Always air your corset before storing.

3. Although we advise professional dry cleaning it is possible to sponge clean (check lighter colours as this might result in water marks). If you air your corset and use a corset liner then you should be able to go a long time without full cleaning. 

Corset Tips

What to Wear With Your Corset

Travelling in Your Corset

Further Reading

Check out Lucy's Corsetry for reviews and indepth corset and waist training information. Lucy is also the author of corset book SoLaced which I highly recommend reading as it has so many interesting real life stories from people who wear corsets.

Check out Staylace particularly for medical and Ethel Granger's story.

Find out more about Dita Von Teese and her love of corsets in her book: Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese which is packed with fabulous pictures and advice.

For more serious reading check out The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele. There might not be as many pretty pictures as in Dita's book, but you'll find out everything you ever wanted to know about corsets.

Lucy and Katie

  Below: chatting with Lucy. Note, this video dates to 2015 and since filming we have moved our corset production to Thailand.

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