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Why Do So Many Corset Makers Go Out of Business? | Lucy’s Corsetry

November 19, 2019


[theme music] Hi everybody. Today, I want to talk about something a little more serious and that is some of the common reasons why corsetieres or corset makers go out of business. As many of you know, I have a corsetiere map, where I have searched out as many corset makers as possible around the world and I have listed them in a directory and also put them in an interactive Google map that you can – you know – that you can search out your own location; your country, your state; and you can find corset makers that work or live near you. So every month, I’m going through that map and I’m making notes on which corset makers are still active, which ones have closed down their businesses and websites, and which ones are on hiatus. And I add new makers that are popping up all the time. But being a corset maker is…um… It’s difficult to make it a lucrative business and that’s what a lot of people don’t realize. Just because they are selling something that happens to cost quite a lot more than you’re used to spending does not mean that they are rolling in the cash. For a few years, I also took on custom corset commissions and I had my own reasons for going on indefinite hiatus, which I will share with you today, and I’ve talked to so many other corset makers You know, every so often they contact me and they’re like “hey, can you take me off the map? “because, you know, I’m not doing this anymore.” And they will go into the reasons why and sometimes it is heart breaking because they are really still passionate about this. And sometimes, you know, their interests are just taking them in a different place in life. But while I cannot and will not go into the specific reasons why any one specific corset maker has gone out of business, because that would be betraying their confidence, what I can do is speak very generally about it and give you the most common reasons why so many go out of business. The first reason is that corset supplies are scarce and expensive as it is. So even before you start, you’re already a little bit behind. Because you have to do so much research and footwork to find the best quality products and a lot of the time, you are importing those in. And, yes, you can get some bulk discounts but those discounts aren’t- you know, they don’t bring it down to like pennies per corset. It’s still quite a lot. And if you’re making one corset at a time, then, by the time you finish buying the coutil and the busk and the two part grommets and the steel bones, it is coming up to around $50. And if you want to add lace and Swarovski crystals and any other expensive embellishments on top of that, that could already put you into the hundreds before you have even started cutting out the fabric. And then you have to put your time into it! Many corset makers end up supplement[ing] their corset making by creating accessories like corset liners are simple and they’re fast to make, as well as storage bags, and you can get matching boleros or dresses or other outfits that complement the corset; and go well with them. And these have much less investment in materials because they are easily sourced. And they’re also faster to make, which goes into the second reason why so many corset makers go out of business: is that they take a long time and special skills to make. There’s a huge learning curve. So, already by the time you are skilled enough to make a professional corset for other people, you have been investing thousands and thousands and thousands of hours into your craft. And yes, for most people this is a labor of love. But just to go into the investment that goes into making a corset, let’s compare it to making a dress. So, somebody can go out and buy two yards of fabric for $20 they can make a dress out of it in two hours, and sell it for 50 bucks. So, you know, $50 – $20=$30 That sewist or dressmaker has just paid themselves $15 an hour. Many people wouldn’t bat an eye at that and, actually, that would probably be relatively cheap if you were to look on Etsy for homemade dresses. But if you were to buy corset materials for $50, and you spend 20 hours making a corset, if you paid yourself by the same hourly rate: $15 an hour that corset is a minimum of $350. And there are so many people who are simply not willing to pay that. And there are many budding corset makers on Etsy for instance, who are- they haven’t quite perfected their craft yet and so are offering made to measure corsets at discounted rates because they understand that there might be a flaw or two in them. And this competitive pricing can push don corset prices more so that some makers are paying themselves less than minimum wage. And we haven’t even gotten into the cost of overhead which I’ll talk about later on. So I think that corset makers who price themselves too low are doing a disservice to themselves and they’re also doing a disservice to the rest of the corset community because it kind of drives all of the prices down so that pretty much everybody is suffering and like not earning enough to support their craft. There are only 24 hours in everybody’s day so how do some corset makers make more money with the time that they have? A lot of them get help making corsets, or they have side jobs. If you are part of any of a number of corset making groups online, you will see a lot of corset makers talking about their “day job” or their “muggle job” and that is their full-time, main paid job and then they just make corsets when they have time on the side to supplement their income, or they have a creative outlet and so many of them have aspirations of going full-time into a creative business but, for a lot of these people, it unfortunately never happens for them. For corset makers who don’t have a “muggle job”, more and more corset makers are now holding sewing classes So several people can come in for a weekend and they pay a fee to be taught how to make their own corsets. And these classes are pricey: you know, many are- I saw the lowest at $300 and up to $1000 for personal instruction. And it’s a way for makers to supplement their income and take a break from being behind the sewing machine for hours and hours a day And, at the same time, they get to share their passion and their skills with other people so that they can be inspired to make their own corsets, too. And depending on the laws where each corset maker lives and how they personally feel about it, some corset makers do take on unpaid interns to help out like once a week or a couple of times a week So the intern learns how to make corsets for free without having to pay for a one-on-one class, and, in return, the maker gets… essentially unpaid labor because the intern will be perfecting their craft by actually working on the corsetiere’s commissions. And some fashion design schools allow a semester of free study or a co-op experience or unpaid internship, which can help local designers because at the same time every year, flocks of students are looking for corset making instruction, and they need to get their minimum hours filled. So I do know of at least one off-the-rack corset company based in the US who uses fashion students to keep their corset prices down. Or, of course, there is calling on family and friends. I know of so many corset makers who ask their husbands and siblings for help even if it’s just tipping bones or setting the grommets. And I know of some corset makers who hire virtual assistants to take care of, say, customer service and admin, which frees up more time for them to keep sewing. And this is also good because sometimes, just because you’re good at making corsets does not mean that you’re the greatest at customer service… [chuckle of horror] Moving on, many corset makers also supplement their income by going the way of ready-to-wear corsets. So, after a few years of doing hundreds or thousands of custom-fit corsets they’ll find that their customer base tends to have a certain average of measurements or proportions in their clients. By having a corset pattern that will approximately fit most people, they can then start batching out their corsets and making them in bulk, which is much more efficient on time compared to custom corsets. It means you can cut out several corsets at the same time, you can stock up on the same length bones instead of having to cut them all individually, and you don’t have to waste time switching tasks. Some corset makers, if they’re lucky, they can expand and they can hire a team to make corsets in kind of an assembly line. So, even if they’re paying their team a fair hourly rate, because they have specialized machinery, and people have specific skills, everybody is getting really fast and efficient at their jobs, everything goes smoother and faster. But, of course, that special machinery comes at a hefty price and training those workers takes time and money too. Oftentimes when a corset maker has come to me and told me that they just completely burnt out and stopped making corsets, it’s because they were working alone for so long You know, like sometimes over ten years without any help whatsoever – doing all the labor and admin themselves. Third reason why some corset makers go out of business is because making corsets is a full-body workout. It is a very labor-intensive process. Some people have gone into making corsets because they had back issues or they have a pain disorder that the corset helps with but they were not able to afford their own custom corset so they learned how to make corsets themselves. And as they got better and better at it, they were able to help other people with their issues as well. But if you have chronic health issues, and you’re also making corsets over 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, your body’s going to burn out. Whether it’s cutting fabric on the floor, cutting and grinding bones, hammering or pressing grommets, or even spending hours upon hours in front of a sewing machine, kind of not moving, it is very labor-intensive. It can cause injuries if you’re not prioritizing the ergonomics of your work area. After my car accident in 2014, I suffered debilitating back pain and neck flare ups. I was not able to sew for long periods anymore because my head just could not take my neck craning down for that long anymore. And some people with muscle weakness they need help cutting the bones or setting the grommets. Some people have arthritis in their hands and they don’t have great dexterity to fiddle with the seams anymore. If you’re sewing like over 12 hours a day almost every day, it creates a lot of wear a tear on your body. And I don’t now if a lot of customers realize how labor-intensive it is. Some corset makers do become more skilled and faster at their work. If you’re making ready-to-wear corsets, I think many corset makers can cut that down to maybe about 6 hours per corset on average. but of course, they’re working with better equipment and more ergonomic equipment: things that make their job easier. Maybe they will go from a hand setter to a table press and then move up to like a foot press eventually. Or maybe they’ll stop cutting fabric on the floor and they’ll actually get a table that’s at the proper height for them. But these tools cost money. The electricity to run these tools costs money. Their repair and maintenance and servicing costs money. And having a studio to store them all and where you can work efficiently; that costs money too. Which leads smoothly into reason 4 that so many corset makers go out of business: and it’s because of the unexpected expenses associated with running your own business. Like I said, the servicing and the electricity and overhead and the cost of the tools and machines and everything: all of that costs money. Having your own studio space, registering your business, filing for a trademark if you choose to do so. Some countries require you to file your taxes every quarter. That’s every three months, you have to be on top of this. Which means less time that you’re dedicating to actually sewing and making corsets and dealing with customers. And then, if you’re above a certain tax bracket, then you have to pay out. Then there’s liability insurance for yourself and any employees you have. There’s insurance on your equipment and inventory. And there is the seller fees for Etsy and Ebay and whatever payment processing plan that you plan to use. And web hosting. And then there’s hiring an accountant or bookkeeper that knows all the legal stuff around running a business and what’s claimable and what’s not claimable around tax time. Although that is a very wise investment. You know, that costs something but I would actually recommend that if you’re not well-versed and you don’t have like a degree in business. So many corset makers price their products based only on the cost of materials plus the time that they’re putting into it. But they don’t take into account all of these extraneous costs. So a corset maker can, of course, raise their prices over time to cover these fees, but that is a double-edged sword because once you get over $500 or $700 or $1000 for a single corset, it means fewer people are willing to buy from that brand. And, of course, I can’t make this video without talking about the fifth reason that come corset makers go out of business: and that is the customers. So some people have called me the ambassador between corset makers and corset wearers because my mission is to improve the communication, raise the bar of standards on certain quality in corsets, and help corset makers understand what clients want and vice versa. Now, when I stared making corsets for myself, it was mostly a creative outlet. I could make any design, any color, any silhouette, any combination of embellishments that I wanted, and I could let my imagination go wild. But when I started taking commissions, it became like 20 black waist training corsets all in a row! And while I take pride in the work that I do, and I was doing my best in every corset I made, it was really boring, soul draining work. Many couture corset designers that only want to do luxury work will turn away prospective customers that you know, they just want a black training corset and that is completely their right and their prerogative. These corset makers should never be seen as snarky or ungrateful for the business or anything. If they can afford to focus only on couture work, then more power to them. Other corset makers will take any commission they can get because it pays the bills And some people might find it very zen to make the same corset over and over again, while other people, it really burns them out and depresses them. Another thing with bespoke corsetry is that it is so very personal to the client. It’s designed to fit that one person exactly. All the colors and the fabrics and embellishments are to their specific taste. And if it’s not 110% to the customer’s standard, that is the difference between getting paid and not getting paid. And, depending on a corset makers customer service skills and PR skills, one really bad review can completely ruin a maker’s reputation and put them out of business. I’ve been really lucky to speak with some really well-established corset makers. People who have owned their own corset companies for more than 20 years. And many of them have told me similar things to the effect that compared to other people who commission clothing, even compared to like tailored suits or couture gowns, corset clients, because it is so very personal and has to fit so precisely in every single spot, they tend to be a little more picky than average. Not bridezilla level, but a 50 hour bespoke project can easily turn into a 200 hour bespoke project. And what’s more unfortunate about this is that when a corset customer is happy, so many corset makers just hear crickets. They never hear from their customer again. They only hear from customers when they’re unhappy about something. Let’s say a corsetiere sells 50 corsets on Etsy. And 48 of their customers are happy. 2 customers are unhappy and both of them leave 1 star reviews ranting and raving, and let’s say only 3 or 4 other, happy Etsy customers leave 4 or 5 star ratings. That still makes their Etsy rating look really spotty. And even in reality, they have a like 90% or 95% happy customers, if I were to go onto their shop and I see “oh, they only have like a 2.5-3 star rating.” I don’t know if I’m going to go with them. So if you had recently purchased something off of Etsy or even a corset maker’s website and you were happy with your purchase, please consider leaving that corset maker a positive review or a testimonial that they can share on their site. Promote what you love because some maker’s livelihood actually depends on your feedback. So these are just a few of the general reasons why so many makers decide to shut down their corset businesses. Of course, there are a lot more reasons than these, some much more personal to the individual, but if there were any big ones that I had missed, feel free to leave a comment down below and let us know As always, please be respectful in the comments section, like this video if you found it informative. Thank you guys so much for watching and I will see you in the next video. Bye. [Lucy smoochies]

39 Comments

  • Reply Kitty Mortensen October 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this Video – It is so honest and it is really things to consider.
    I primarily make my own corsets but gladly buy from makers when I can afford to do so.
    I agree with the star rating, I make a point to always rate whatever I buy to help- not necessarily the maker- but their costumers.
    I usually leave a few words to let the costumers know why I like or disliked a particular product.
    I do think that people in general should try resolving with makers before leaving negative reviews.
    I hope that bespoke work will become a bigger part of general society again.
    Again Thank you Lucy, you kept is factual and shot. I really enjoy your videos like this.

  • Reply Sam S October 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Makes me sad to see a small business or a bespoke coretiers go out of business. I am saving up for a custom corset from Rainbow Curve right now and I hope she continues to make her gorgeous corsets. I guess in this day and age, OTR has become very widespread

  • Reply Deanna K October 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Such a great way to make all prospectives see. I really loved it.
    Unfortunately, I think too few people consider all factors when ordering a corset. If I’m dealing with an OTR larger corset company my expectations are different then a bespoke independent company. For instance I’m prepared for a longer wait and process if it’s bespoke but I do expect a more detailed oriented experience with reasonable prompt response but good personal communication because of the intimacy. This is because I feel they most likely juggling many clients personally all at the same time.
    For the larger OTR company promptness, price, and great customer service is expected in ample amounts. This is do to the idea that they have more workers and therefore should be giving the same experience as an other fairly large brand gives to their clients.
    Thank you again Lucy for the great video. 👍🏻

  • Reply Meena Heartsong October 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    You do so much for the corset and sewing communities. Thank you, Lucy!

  • Reply Jenni Taylor October 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I think Susi owner of eternal spirits does bespoke bridal/evening gowns http://www.eternalspirits.com/

  • Reply Mixtress Rae October 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    All of your videos are so incredibly helpful. As a newcomer to the corset-wearing world, I've been able to have all of my questions answered by your thoughtful and detailed videos, your website, and your Solaced book. You are an indispensable part of this community and I am so thankful to have your resources from YouTube and your website. I hope you know how appreciated you are. I may not have gotten into corsets without the wealth of information you share for free. Just ordered one of your Gemini corsets from Timeless Trends (they are making me one special in a different fabric) and I can't wait to wear it! Have a great week!

  • Reply Elisa Saponaro October 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this video! It's so clear and detailed about corsetmakers life. I make corset first of all because I love them, and I love to see people happy wearing them, but you're right in everything you said.

  • Reply Sandra Lopes October 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    You should do lectures at a university about the economics of corsetry! 😲 I couldn't imagine a more thorough explanation, and I definitely learned a lot about why it's so hard to keep a business open. Thanks to your wonderful website and YouTube videos, I learned enough to order my first bespoke corset — my actual issue was exactly how to pick one (as you so well explained, getting ratings might not work out for corsetiers). Ironically, the solution for that dilemma, which I have had for years (decades?), was to get advice… not from the 'Internet' (i.e. comments, forum posts, ratings and reviews…)… but from an expert who knows what she is saying… and yes, I'm talking about you! 😀 Somehow, thanks to the Internet, we have lost the ability to understand that just because someone has an 'opinion', that doesn't mean that they are 'right'; we trust online social media way too much, in a way that is unhealthy. But… on the other hand, it's so hard to separate wheat from chaff!

    So… on such niche markets as corsetry… we really need someone like you, acting as the 'bridge' between makers and buyers (and you are actually both!), explaining what is involved in corsetry but also explaining why you had good experiences with some makers and why others had not-so-good support… and you even gave the reason why: many might just be burnt out from overdemanding customers who expect miracles and instead drive the corsetier to insanity! I most certainly hope I haven't 'burned out' the person I've selected, but I can certainly admit that a lot of time was spent over a period of about two weeks just sending emails back and forth, until we got it all right. At the end of the day, I got such an amazing experience with the whole ordering procedure that I spent twice as much as I was expecting to… by asking two corsets instead of just one… but… as you so well said it, corsetiers need business, they need good customers, they need to get paid well enough to keep up their good job, and that's a bit what went through my mind: I've been through many OTR corsets before, and I have nothing against them, but even if they're cheap, they're never 'right' for my figure, and they will invariably get all those steel spirals poking through the fabric and going deep into my flesh (well, deep enough to cause blisters and rashes…). The way my corsets look after half a year of wearing them (and I do not wear them 23/7… but just a few dozen hours per week …) is scary enough, with home-made patches using some fabric, some duct tape, some surgical tape, velcro, and who knows what else I come up with to keep those steel spirals in place. And yes, the few times I actually tried to manually sew some extra protection at the edge of one corset, I could really appreciate how hard it is… it took me 5 or 6 hours just to do stitch a small patch to the corset. Oh yes… I can really, really appreciate the work the corsetiers have… it's certainly a labour of love, because it's insanely hard to do!

    Sure, the end result will be expensive. Comparatively speaking, that is. In fact, for something done as a custom order in a very specialised market, I think that the price is right, at least for me as a customer. But if that bespoke corset lasts, say, five or six years, it will have paid itself, contrasting with OTR corsets that I ruin at the rate of one per year or so (and no, I don't buy the cheapest of the cheapest OTR corsets, either, but they're nevertheless cheap enough). I think that's all a question of trading off what works best long-term — if you can afford it, it's more than worth the cost, because this is not one of those cases where the high price is just speculative, but rather reflects the higher quality materials, the whole personalisation, and of course the hard labour of creating something unique which is particularly difficult to do (compared, say, to a bespoke dress).

    The closest I can compare corseterie to is, well, bespoke shoes. Assuming you want a bit more options than what Shoes of Prey has (just to give an example of a popular DIY online shoe personalisation company), and need something fitting exactly your feet, and of course assuming that you want high-quality materials such as quality leather, well… first of all, it's not easy to get shoemakers to do that kind of work for a single customer. But if you get one, well, leather and other materials are also expensive and very hard to work with, requiring specialised tools and a long apprenticeship to know exactly what to do — and even if the shoe form (the replica made from your feet) is carved out of soft wood, it takes time to get it just right. So, yes, bespoke shoes — if you can get them at all — can quickly become very, very expensive; and I can imagine that making corsets, being such a small a niche market (compared to shoes, which everybody wears!), is actually way harder…

  • Reply Roger Knights October 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I was saddened to learn that such an innovator and interesting-opinion -poster as Fran shut down. I'm glad you're covering this issue—you do it justice, as you do in all your other treatments.

  • Reply Hannah Evans October 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Being an economics student, this is so useful for my case study on business economics! I recognised so many of the principles we talked about in my classes!

  • Reply Leave it to Tegan October 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I'm a (poor) cosplayer who doesnt plan to wear corsets I make more than maybe 2-3 times at most, is there any cheaper fabric I could use in my corsets that will still hold its shape at say 2-5 inch reductions if I only wear it once/twice? Would broadcloth work if layered? (ive seen some people add interfacing as well?)

  • Reply Alexa Faie October 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    My favourite corset maker of all time fell victim to the not charging enough and then taking on far too much work to compensate and ended up burning out and it's so sad. The way just one review during that tough time sped up the process was disheartening so I always try to talk about it as a warning to people saying "I'm interested in selling my own corsets, where do I start?" because it is honestly such an easy trap to fall into and next to impossible to climb back out of.

    I also always make sure to rave about any corsets I have made as much as possible because I want the corsetieres to stay in business. I was gutted when I couldn't leave a review on etsy for my Sparklewren corset because by the time the construction (including a couple of fittings) happened and my corset was delivered, it was well past etsy's review deadline. So I had to leave reviews elsewhere, which was fine but only really reached others who already knew her work was good. I felt so guilty even though it as etsy's fault! She's on hiatus now for other reasons (mainly wanted to explore other projects, get back into horse riding,owning a riverboat etc) but I continue to sing her praises just in case she returns! I was actually her last "black training corset" client before she realised she just wanted to focus on couture. It's crazy to think it's 3 years old, had one alteration (because the batch of coutil was wound on the bolt off grain and it wasn't obvious being spot broche) and she made a brand new one to apologise (even though it was never her fault) which I've not worn much because the original is still going so strong. That was an unexpected cost right there – she had to remake several clients corsets because of that faulty bolt. I didn't even ask for a remake but she didn't want her clients having sub par corsets. So yeah… if she ever comes back to making, she's getting a crazy OTT couture order from me. I'll find a way to save up.

  • Reply Vee October 18, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I had no idea the daily struggles corsets makers face. Thank you for providing context on this growing issue.

  • Reply Linda Jansen October 18, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Thank you. Very informative. Also where did you get your top? I love it.

  • Reply AafkeArt October 18, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Excellent video. Getting something hand made, and made to order, just for you, is something very special, and should be reasonably priced. All businesses like this àre businesses, with all the extra work (besides actually making a corset) and costs that entails. Why don't people understand that? They know very well what they themselves should make in order to survive.
    I also think that one should put some trust into the artisan who's making something bespoke. In fact, give them some freedom to make decisions.

  • Reply Lelanie Liebenberg October 18, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Yup, so true. My reasons for taking such a long break was my health and the fact that locals expect a corset at $50. Not worth it

  • Reply Lotte Peters October 18, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Thank you so much for this video!

  • Reply Rainbow Curve Costuming October 18, 2017 at 7:21 am

    This is so sad and I feel you on the wanting to make couture pieces and not black underbusts argument. It would stifle my creativity so quickly if I did not get to make showstoppers. I think you forgot to mention that your work also needs to cover pension and sick pay if this if your only source of income.

  • Reply Sirenagems October 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Lucy you are so appreciated for all your dedication to the corset industry. I've been watching you for several years now and it is always such a joy. You inspired me in so many ways to start learning how to make a corset. I don't sale but it is an amazing feeling to be able to create a beautiful item such as a corset. Thanks for all you do. Big hug sister 🙂

  • Reply Lovely Rat October 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Every point you made is so true! Corset making takes so much investment and time, before you even start taking orders. Overhead can eat into your profit margins quick, especially if you're upgrading equipment as your business grows. I'm lucky to have wonderful clients, who bring me so much creatively fulfilling work. But to make this a business and not a hobby, you really have to not mind making things to other people's tastes. It helps to make the kind of art pieces you dream about on your own, so people can be attracted to this aesthetic on your website and draw from those ideas. The crickets are real! It's so weird to put dozens of hours into something and send it off into the world never to be heard from again. Even if it's not an etsy review, just drop your maker a quick line that you've received the product and that you're happy/hate it/etc. This really goes a long way to helping the maker improve in the future and to know what's working!

  • Reply Claire Green October 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I made a conscious decision not to promote my 'brand' more these last couple of years, whilst I still take on commissions, I got so overwhelmed with clients booking me, not showing up, showing up for the initial measure, then dropping all contact, or even getting to the mock up stage and then completely flaking, wasting so much time and money, with zero to show for it. I decided to just tip toe along, accepting the odd commission here and there, the odd cosplay item from trusted people until I can regain my enthusiasm and shake off that "how much will I lose/will they turn up/please stop messaging me at 2am on a saturday and feeling the need to reply" that just got too much. Im getting there, but its so refreshing to know that Im not alone in 'feeling the burnout'

  • Reply Donna Stevens October 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Lucy corsets as you know have been around for a long time and the key word in any business is you have to also backup your product in what you sell always , however some companies dont do this enough and sell poor low grade products as i found out having said that Lucy you give 100 percent in your corsets and also explain the in and outs off your corsets to which its a good thing in any business these days well done and keep up the great work you do Donna x

  • Reply Farthingales L.A. Corsets October 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Lucy, this is brilliantly done! I hope everyone in the business and wanting to get into the business sees this. The information you have shared here is so valuable.

  • Reply megalopolis2015 October 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I understand to a degree how difficult it is to keep a small business open, along with juggling life issues. I believe wholeheartedly in catching people doing the right thing. This is why, if I am happy with something someone has done, I will go out of my way to tell them, in as much detail as possible. This world would be a lot different if our criticisms were constructive, and our praise audible. Thank you, Lucy, for continuing to be the voice of the customer AND the corset maker.

  • Reply forensicgirl October 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for this very informative video. Much of this information would be useful to anyone making and selling clothing and other arts and crafts. You make things easy to understand and follow and I know I can trust your well-researched and thoughtful videos. Please keep up the excellent work!

  • Reply Zoé Corsets October 20, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Very good video thank you !

  • Reply Vera B October 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    It's a pity that the offer in corsets is very limited, especially when you don't live in the UK or USA. I find it so hard to find an affordable corset from a reliable website which won't cost much to return, since I don't live in the UK or USA. I wished they'd become a trend again, those corsets.

  • Reply Itz Ebony October 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    how can i order please

  • Reply thrivesurvive October 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Excellent video. <3

  • Reply Chao Cui October 25, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Having seen your Vollers and Timeless Trends factory visits it seems to to me that even large scale operations seem very heavily reliant on manual operation. My engineers brain says to me surely there are solutions to this for any size of operation. For example computer controlled equipment is expensive, therefore owners are often trying to maximise the productivity of their investment by seeking clients who want to outsource certain stages of their work, simply spec out the components and they will manufacture on demand. 3D printers are great examples, as machines can simply be set and allowed to run around the clock. Also provided the specs are correct these machines never make mistakes and don’t regularly need food, water or sleep. Not sure how corsetieres would feel about handing over control to a third party, just trying to think unconventionally.

  • Reply Neonoirite December 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Such a thoughtful and eloquently stated perspective on corset making and corsetiers. While I don't make corsets myself, I am struggling to get a small business off the ground and I identified with a lot of the points you made.

  • Reply pienkunicorn January 7, 2018 at 1:36 am

    I think these are problems in any niche/ luxury market. In addition you have this silly idea in our culture that business/ arithmatic/ math and art is somehow incompatible. Complete nonsense. Math and science is totally creative and "artsy" people can learn business. They must if the are to survive. And everyone needs to learn PR and customer service, even university professors.

    I'm starting to read this book called "Real Artists Don't Starve". It's written from the perspective of a professional author, but I believe he intended it for all people trying to run a creative business.

  • Reply Aspirative Music Production April 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I just foud out corsets are not extinct. I don't even know how I got here.

  • Reply Monica Lea April 24, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I'm not a corset maker, but I used to be a quilt maker and this is all very, very familiar.

  • Reply Michelle Tracey June 24, 2018 at 2:45 am

    thank you for making this video! <3 I experience similar issues as a costume designer.

  • Reply Megan Morrison September 19, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Wow, only 1 maker in Louisiana?!? 😢 I wish o could find an apprenticeship!

  • Reply Marcie Foster October 23, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Love the channel, new subscriber. Just made my first corset (renaissance style grommet tie) and I'm in a whole new world now! I'm a very hourglass figured person so this is absolute heaven for me

  • Reply Merliah Summers April 29, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    there's no corset buisness in my country lol

  • Reply Ekim Yazici July 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Sooo…..we're lucky we even have corset makers still around. How sad. I just discovered corsets. Haven't even received my first one yet and already watched 5,000 corset videos. Haha.

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