Isabella Costumiere Online Measurements Form

To obtain proper measurements you should have someone else take your measurements for you, or click here for a printer-friendly 2 page version to print out and take it to a local tailor or alteration/dry cleaning shop and have them take your measurements for you. They may charge a small fee, but it is well worth it for a properly fitted garment. In the case you are having a friend take your measurements, take each measurement three times and give the average measurement.  

To begin, tie a string snugly around your natural waist. This is usually just above the belly button. This will be used as a marker for taking the vertical measurements.

When taking the round measurements it is very important to make certain the tape measure is very horizontal. It should not rise up or dip down around the body. Also, measurements should be taken snug to the skin, but not tight. If measurements are taken over clothing, be sure the clothes are very thin, do not take measurements over bulky clothes, i.e. jeans, sweaters, oversized shirts, etc.. .

Underbusts and Cinchers:  Take measurements #’s 2 through 11(except #6).
Overbusts:  Take measurements #’s 1 through 16, include #17 for shoulder straps.

Email Address:
Measurements are in:

Round Measurements:

  1. Bust Bra Size 

  2. Should be taken around the fullest part of the bust
  3. Just under bust 
    Around ribcage just under the bust
  4. Waist Desired waist reduction 
    Give natural waist measurement, and amount of waist reduction (if this is your 1st corset we recommend a 4" reduction)
  5. 3" down from waist 
    Measure around hip 3 inches down from waist
  6. 5" down from waist 
    Measure around hip 5 inches down from waist
  7. High Bust (about 2"up) 
    Around chest approx 2 to 3" above nipple
  8. Widest hip How far from waist 
    Measure around fullest part of hip and how far this is from the string at the waist

Vertical Measurements:

  1. Waist to just under bust 
    This measurement is taken from the waist to the point where you measured around the ribcage at #2, for underbust corsets this is as high as the corset will come under the bust
  2. Center Front waist to corset top 
    Underbusts: Waist to corset top should be anywhere from " to 2" higher than waist to underbust depending on the desired point or rise between bust
    Overbusts: Height of corset at center front, this will depend upon how much of a plunge desired, typically this should be at least equal to waist to nipple
  3. Center Front waist to corset bottom 
    Sit and measure from waist to lap, this is as low as the corset will come at bottom front
  4. Waist to corset top underarm 
    Underbusts: usually " to 1" higher than waist to underbust
    Cinchers: dips down lower under arm, typically " to 1" lower than waist to underbust
    Overbusts: Waist to underarm: as high under the arm as you can comfortably tolerate. Should be approx. same as waist to nipple
  5. Waist to corset bottom underarm 
    Waist to corset bottom: typically 3" to 5" below waist. For Edwardian or Butterfly styles this is approx 5" plus
    Difference between waist to corset bottom center front and waist to corset bottom under arm should be at least 1.5" for a pointed front, 1/2" to 1" for a straight to rounded bottom shaping
    Center front waist to bottom of butterfly styles should be at least 1" shorter than waist to corset bottom underarm
  6. Waist to center of nipple 
    Take straight from string at waist to center of nipple
  7. Nipple to corset top 
    For "Sabrina" corset top ends approx " above nipple. For "Victorians" top ends approx 1" to 3" depending upon amount of coverage desired
  8. Nipple to Nipple 
    Measure straight across from center of nipple to center of nipple
  9. (a) Underarm to underarm front 
  10. (b) Underarm to underarm back 
    Have arms at side, Measure straight across from crease to crease (or arm pit to arm pit), this measurement should be taken across the flat part of the chest, not over the bust.  This is not a round measurement but straight across the chest and back

    For shoulder straps:

  11. (a) Nipple to mid shoulder front 
    (b) Mid shoulder to waist back 
    (c) From nipple, over shoulder to waist back 
    Measure from center of nipple to center of shoulder. From center of shoulder straight down to waist back. Then measure from center of nipple up over shoulder to waist back (should equal sum of first two measurements)

Have your corseted before 
Comfortable size 
How many hours 

This corset is for a male or female?

For Skirts:

Waist to Knee 
Waist to Floor 
Desired length 

measurements.jpg (20177 bytes)

If you are on a weight loss program we strongly suggest waiting till you’ve reached your desired size BEFORE investing in a custom corset.  Several customers have used corsets as a part of their weight loss program and had remarkable results, the only thing is the corset will no longer fit once you've lost the weight.  In some cases I can replace the center back panel for a small fee once you've reached your desired size.  If you  are planning to loose weight, please let us know when you place your order.

We cannot stress enough the importance of proper measurements. We do not recommend taking your own measurements. Your corset will be made to the measurements you supply us with and Isabella Costumiere cannot be held responsible for incorrect or inaccurate measurements.  All measurements are checked when the order is received and Isabella will contact you if any of the measurements appear incorrect.