I have a general love of antiquities, from period furniture and architecture, to music, to costume. I began creating costumes about 10 years ago. I also design traditional marquetry designs for hardwood floors which are handcut by my husband, in 2000 we won Floor of the Year.
My first corsets were built into my gowns as a means of comfort, we attend costume balls in New Orleans for Halloween and you never know what the weather will be like. I created my first corset (the Victorian Button Corset ) for a friend for a wedding and from there develped a basic line of corsets and officially launched my custom corsetry business, which has expanded over the past 4+ years into a wide range of styles.
Each custom corset made by Isabella Costumiere is individually patterned to each customers own measurements . Since no two bodies are exactly the same this means you will get a corset that fits YOUR body. I use a rather long list of measurements and double check each pattern to insure the perfect fit. For long distance customers I can construct a muslin mock up of your corset and mail it to you to try on in the comfort of your own home to make certain your corset is just right. These are inlcuded with every overbust corset.
All corsets are constructed from three layers of fabric, the outer decorative fabric, an inner lining layer of strong 100% cotton fabric, and lined with strong 100% cotton fabric. You have a choice of black, natural or white cotton lining. For additional reinforcement a strip of cotton twill tape is sewn into the waistline. Corsets are inner boned with an average of 20 individually cut and tipped spiral steel bones and 6 spring steel bones. Unless otherwise noted, all corsets come with a front busk closure, are laced up the back with satin ribbon in a complimentary color, (cotton lacing available upon request, black or white only) and come with a separate lacing protector and an optional two pair of detachable garters in either black, white or ivory. Please see the fabrics page for some samples of fabrics currently in stock.