Questions & Answers
 
1. What is a modesty panel?
A strip of fabric which is placed in the back. It covers your skin and also protects you from rope burn when tightlacing. We don’t automatically include it because some people wear their underbust corset over their dress or blouse so their skin wouldn’t show and not needed. Therefore it's offered as an option. With an overbust corset I would recommend getting the modesty panel aka back lacing protector since it'll be worn on it's own.
2. I have a belly and in some corsets, it just sticks out! Do you offer anything to control this?
An underbusk which is a very rigid piece of steel can be placed directly behind the main busk. It will flatten that area nicely. Also a properly patterned and double boned corset will prevent that from happening too. So when you are shopping around for a corset, be sure to look for this.
3. Do you ship to the United States?
Yes we ship worldwide.
4. When can I expect my order?
Manufacturing takes 4-6 weeks from date of payment. This does not include delivery time, and we are not responsible for any delays caused by acts of nature and customs in your country. Mainland UK it generally takes 1-3 days, EU 3-5 days, overseas 7-14 days. Please note delivery times cannot be guaranteed and just a guideline. We can accommodate any rush order as we are always fully stocked but it does come at a premium price. Please keep this in mind when ordering and allow plenty of time if you are planning to wear it for a specific day.
5. I’ve never worn a proper corset before. How do I select the correct size?
If you are of slender body type, I would say order a corset 3"-4" smaller. Curvier women should get a 6"-7" reduction as flesh will compress a lot easier than muscle. When in doubt just ask before ordering.
6. Can I wear corsets under my clothing?
Yes but you might see the silhouette depending on the garment. Loose fitting garments work best.
7. How are MFC’s corset different from other corsets?
I wouldn’t know as I would have to examine each and every one of them first to give you that answer. However I can tell you from just ‘visual observation?and reading their corset specs that most of the corsets I have seen are only single boned, flat felled seams, have 10-14 spiral steel boning, interlined and lined with cotton twill only instead of the sturdy English coutil which is intended for corsetry. Some do not have a front busk, which makes putting on and taking off the corset very difficult as you have to undo the laces completely each time. Also they are not true custom corsets. Most only ask for bust, waist and hip measurement (semi custom) and others just ask for the waist size! (ready to wear). These corsets will not work for you if you happen to be shorter or taller than the general public. You have to consider the torso length. If the corset is too long, you won’t be able to sit down. It will also jab and chafe you which will be very uncomfortable. If the corset is too short, you can have skin pushing out from the sides which isn't very attractive.

Many corsetmakers use the flat felled bone casing approach because it's faster, easier and cheaper for them. In order to make separate bone casing, one must cut on a bias and this results in a lot of fabric waste. Also it takes extra time to cut and sew them into place. Same reason why they omit the front busk and double boning. English coutil is a very expensive fabric and depending on where you live sometimes have to be imported, so some corsetmakers use cotton twill instead or imitation cotton coutil which cost significantly less.

MFC corsets are completely custom made, so you must submit your full measurements after order is placed in order for us to draft your pattern and construct your corset. Our corsets all have a front busk, are double boned with separate bone casings which reinforces the seams and can withstand the stresses of tightlacing. We use 20 spiral steel boning and 6 flat (spring) steel boning. MFC corsets are 3 ply interlined with English coutil and have an internal waist tape which helps strengthen the corset. Even though coloured ribbons are very pretty for the lacing up the corset back, we do not use them for they are weak and cannot withstand tightlacing. So we only use proper non-slip corset lacing.
8. What is tightlacing?
It is when the waist reduction is 4" or more and worn daily for 8+ hours.
9. I want to tightlace, do you recommend an underbust or overbust?
For tightlacing and waist training we recommend an underbust corset. It’s far more comfortable and you can get greater reduction with an underbust. Also for daily wear, you want to wear the corset over a thin liner so that the corset doesn’t actually touch your bare skin. Perspiration can weaken and damage the fiber over time.
10. I’m not into all that girly lace and bows, can I get it without?
Yes all of our corsets are 100% custom so everything can be changed to suit your taste.
11. What currency are your products in and how do I find out how much that is in US dollar?
All price shown in United Kingdom Pounds. This website will give you up to date exchange rates on world currency. http://www.xe.com/ucc/
12. Do you sell on Ebay? I have seen your designs being used several places other than your website.
No. It has been brought to our attention that there are some people using our images, duplicating our designs and claiming it theirs. Unfortunately when you offer high quality unique designs naturally others will try and copy it offering it at a discounted price to lure buyers. You know that saying "you get what you pay for."

Authentic MFC corsets are only sold directly through us.
13. I am not a huge fan of waspies so I was wondering if I could have it made the same only longer like a regular underbust?
Yes we can make custom changes to any of our corsets at additional cost.
14. What is a Waspie?
A Waspie is another name for waist cincher. Waspie/Cinchers are shorter in length than regular underbust corsets and act more like a corset belt which you wear over your clothes for that cinched look. Best suited for natural waist 30" and under because it doesn’t give enough support for the tummy.
15. What is coutil?
Coutil is usually 100% cotton fabric which has been designed specifically for corsetry. It is very durable with no stretch. There are 3 types of Coutil. English, German and French. We obviously use English. Coutil is a very expensive fabric but should be used to interline all corsets. Many corsetmakers use Cotton twill, Cotton Drill, Duck, and Cotton Coutil which are inferior to the English, German or French Coutil but they cost significantly less per meter/yard. To make up for this they instead use 4 or 5 layers to make their corsets thicker. Thicker is not always better. MFC corsets are only made with 3 layers (fashion fabric, interlining and lining) because we don’t believe in adding unnecessary bulk and therefore our corsets don't feel as thick or heavy compared to other corsets but at the same time our corsets are very sturdy. The corsets of the Victorian and Edwardian era were only made up of 1-2 layers and still successfully used in tightlacing because when you use proper material to begin with there is no need for 4 or 5 layers.
16. I’m not very confident in measuring myself, could I come to you?
You really should have someone else measure you anyhow. Measuring yourself is difficult and tend to be inaccurate. Yes depending on our workload and current bookings if you require our assistance you can make an appointment for an in person fitting at the atelier. There is a consultation charge of £100.00 which need to be paid beforehand but can be applied to the cost of your corset if purchased within 14 days. During busy peak season the atelier is not open to the public. There are no refunds for late and missed appointments. Be advised.
17. Which fabric is suitable for tight lacing?
English coutil. Even though satin, silk and other fashion fabrics can withstand the strains of tight lacing if combined with the proper material and made correctly, it will still wear much faster than coutil. Especially around the back from the constant pulling and rubbing of the lacing as you’re tightening the corset. So if you plan to wear this corset daily, coutil would be the best choice! Also you really should have two corsets to train in. Switching between them.
18. How close should the back be laced?
This is up to you. There is no one way. Some people have it closed completely all the way down. Others leave the top and bottom apart by 1-3" with just the waist closed. You can also have it evenly spaced about 1-3" all the way down as well. One thing which is NOT correct is when you have a very wide gap in the back with the space exceeding 5" That is not a well fitting corset!!! And not very flattering. You tend to find this with people wearing Ready to Wear/Off the rack corsets.
19. Could I have the MF1331 made with your polka dot fabric instead of the silk?
Yes. All of our corsets are custom made so if you want something changed just email letting us know. The price may or may not change depending on the type of fabric you are after.
20. I like the look of your S-curve corsets but it says best worn as a long line. As I am only 5ft. Will it be too long on me?
Our corsets are pattern drafted from scratch using only your measurements so we could shorten it to fit you, however yes the S-curve does look best as a long line. Does not mean you cannot wear it. Some people are short in overall height but they still have long torso. Just like some people are tall but they still have a short torso because they’re mostly legs. Best to email us in that case with your torso length. Unless it actually says “vertical length fixed?all corsets shown on our website can be shortened or lengthened to fit your body.
21. What is the difference between Edwardian shaped corsets that other corsetmakers offer and the S-curve Edwardian corsets shown on your site?
Unless you give me an example I can't tell you the difference but most of the corsets out on the market today are not true S-curve corsets. Even if they advertise as being one. They still call them Edwardian corsets because of the curved shape bottom. However the pattern of their corsets are nothing like the authentic Edwardian version. For example our Frida is an "Edwardian shaped" corset but it is NOT a true S-curve Edwardian like our MF1330 and MF1332. It's really noticable on MF1330 because it is colour blocked and not solid like the MF1332 but both corsets are patterned the same and equally beautiful.
22. Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes we can start manufacturing your corset with 50% deposit with the remaining balance due at completion. If you would like to order your corset this way please contact us through customer service with your request. Be sure to include corset style #, corset size, colour, and any embellishments such as garter straps, modesty panel etc.
23. What is the difference between your Powermesh corset girdle and a regular girdle?
A girdle will not give you any kind of waist reduction. Girdles act in smoothing out the hips, thigh and buttocks. Our corset-girdles will cinch your waistline by 2"-3" and give you an hourglass figure. Most girdles don't incorporate boning. If you find one with boning, it will most likely be plastic. MFC Corset-girdles have a stainless steel front busk and boned with both spiral and flat steel. It is designed to reduce your waistline and offer comfort due to the stretchy mesh.

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