1. What is a modesty panel?
A boned 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 since some people wear their corset over their dress or blouse so their skin wouldn’t show and not needed. Therefore it's offered as an add on.
2. What type of boning do you use?
All of our corsets are made with both spiral and flat steel boning. There are flat steel boning at the front and the back grommet panel. Spiral steel boning everywhere else. We use semi flexible flat steel on the grommet panel which prevents it from digging into your bum and back.
3. Do you ship to the United States?
Yes we ship worldwide.
4. When can I expect my order?
Ready to wear corsets are dispatched between 3-5 business days. Manufacturing of custom corsets typically take 6-8 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 clearance in your country.
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 recommend a corset 4" smaller than your natural waist. Curvier, full figured body type can cinch down 6"-9"
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. What is tightlacing?
It is when the waist reduction is 6" or more and worn daily for 8+ hours.
8. 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.
9. Does it hurt to wear a corset?
It's a myth that corset wearing should cause pain. MFC corsets will not flatten the hips straight like most tubular shaped corsets which would result in you getting pinched and preventing any further reduction to the waist. Instead it is patterned to follow your curves so that you can achieve the greatest reduction possible. We also only use high quality steel intended for corsetry.
10. What currency are your products in and how do I find out how much that is in US dollar?
All prices shown in British Sterling. This website will give you up to date exchange rates on world currency. http://www.xe.com/ucc/
11. 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 dupes, replicas being sold at heavily reduced prices but of inferior quality. You know that saying "you get what you pay for." Authentic MFC corsets are only sold directly through us. Also discount vouchers are only available directly through us. Don't get duped, authentic MFC corsets can only be purchased through us.
12. 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. Best suited for natural waist 30" and under because it doesn’t give enough tummy support.
13. What is coutil?
Coutil is usually 100% cotton fabric which has been designed specifically for use in corsetry. It is very durable with no stretch. There are 3 types of Coutil. English, German and French. We use English. Coutil is very expensive but should be used to construct all corsets. Many corset makers use Cotton twill, Cotton Drill and Duck to cut cost. They are significantly less per meter/yard compared to English coutil but not as durable. To make up for this they will use 3-4 layers to make their corsets thicker. Thicker is not always better and just makes the corset bulky. 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 materials to begin with there is no need for 3-4 layers.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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 with your request. Be sure to include corset style #, corset size, colour, and any embellishments such as garter straps, modesty panel etc.
17. What is the difference between your Powermesh corset girdle and a regular girdle sold elsewhere?
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 3"-4" and give you an hourglass figure. Most girdles don't incorporate steel boning. 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.