Instructions in Spirella Corsetry/Chapter 14
Chapter 14: How to Select the Client's Corset from the CatalogueEdit
1. Before taking body measurements you decided an the client's
TYPE, POISE, existing CONDITIONS and checked them off in
your Memorandum Order Book. You decided on any correction
you wished to make, decided the lacing ADJUSTMENT best
adapted to this correction and made spacing deductions accord-
ingly. A11 this information brings you to a consideration of the
corsets in the catalogue adapted to your client's type and condition.
2. If your client has conditions which cause her to vary from
normal and which have not entered into your decision on lacing ad-
justment, these must now be considered.
3. BACK CURVES: If you decided on a front adjuustment, the
varying back curves must be considered in your selection. A front-
laced corset being closed in the back is designed with a certain back
curve. For this reason the corset must be selected with the curve
which conforms more closely to the client's back curve than does a
4. This makes it necessary far you to consider carefully the
amount of curve in the style you select and to use judgment in
deciding whether it will conform to the client's back curve. A
front-laced corset properly selected can bring about a certain
amount of back curve correction. For instance: a corset designed
with a B back curve will correct a slightly less or slightly deeper
curve and bring it to the curve which the corset has in its design.
A change of poise, from abnormal to normal, will also change the
depth of back curve to normal. Through the re-distribution of
flesh, body curves in the back can be changod. to conform to the
curve in the corset used, soft flesh being the most easily moulded.
5. CONDITIONS OF FLESH over the front of the body call for
front lacing adjustment in the corset. The value secured through
this adjustment lies in the compression which it affords. When the
condition of flesh is excessive and at the same time hard, com-
pression sufficient to correct the condition would be too severe for
the client in the beginning. With this condition select a corset
with only partial front adjustment; this will afford only partial
correction. Through successive corsetings with this same series,
selecting a smaller hip development each time, the waist is gradu-
ally enlarged and the hip development reduced. The figure can, in
this way, be moulded into more normal lines. This will eventually
improve the condition so that a front-laced corset can be used cor-
6. SCANT BUST is a condition that appears on some clients who
are normal in every other way. This condition can be benefited by
using a front lacing adjustment. The compression below the waist
and the freedom above tend to restore a normal bust development.
While you should not decide the lacing adjustment on this condi-
tion alone, it should be taken into consideration in your selection.
7. PROMINENT HIP BONES usually appear on 20-type, but
may also occur on 60-type and medium sizes of 40-type. The adapta-
bility of 20-type corsets, whether back or front-laced, shows that all
are designed to care for this condition. A study of the adaptability
of corsets for other types will show which ones are designed to care
for this condition.
8. SHOULDER AND UNDER ARM FLESH usually appear on
30-type; therefore 30-type corsets are designed to care for these con-
ditions, even though not mentioned under their adaptability.
How to compare the client's body measurements with the
measurements of the corsets adapted to
her type and condition
9. The bust and hip developments shown after you made spacing
deductions from the client's actual body measurements now give
you a basis from which to select a corset from the catalogue through
10. Compare the developments shown by your client's measure-
ments with the developments of the corsets in the catalogue de-
signed for her type. By using your judgment, you can select a cor-
set with the developments your client needs. These developments
may be more or less than those shown.
11. If your client has a normal bust development, a corset with
the spme or slightly more development will adapt to her. If the
bust is scant, a corset with larger bust development is absolutely
necessary. This increase may be two or more inches according to
the size of the client's bony structure. The purpose is to allow
room for the rib structure and to harmonize the bust size with the
12. A larger bust and waist size in a standard corset will adapt
to the client, but a smaller bust development in a standard corset
cannot be used without enlarging it. This change makes a "spe
cial" corset. [Exception. If a law bust corset that leaves the bust
free be selected, a smaller bust development than the client's meas-
urements show can be used.]
13. If the client's hip development is normal, or you do not
wish to change her figure lines, select a corset with the same hip
development. If the corset you are considering has a smaller hip
development than that of the client and you do not wish to enlarge
her waist, consider another corset with larger hip development. It
is not advisable to enlarge the hip development of the corset very
much as this increase may not be consistent with the design and
might change the position of the boning in the corset.
14. If the hip development is larger than normal, you can de-
crease it and change the proportions by increasing the waist size.
To do this use a standard corset with a smaller hip development
than that of the client. Increasing her waist size and leaving her
hip measurement the same, results in decreasing her hip develop-
ment. The quantity of soft, movable flesh below waist determines
the amount of increase in waist size successfully accomplished by
one corseting. When the hip flesh is so hard that it cannot be
re-distributed toward the waist line, or so very scant that there is
none to move, the waist size cannot be increased more than two
inches over normal by one corseting.
15. The method of determining the waist size, when using a
standard corset with a smaller hip development than that of the
client, is given in the section on deductions. It is better to use this
method to decrease your client's large hip development than to
make a "special" corset. This not only gives better figure lines but
is more satisfactory, as it allows the use of a standard corset. If
the client's hip development is too small to permit her to wear a
standard corset, a "special" corset will be required.
16. Compare the client's center bust measurement with the
height of the corset you are considering. Her measurements above
waist show you the extreme height of the corset you can use. A
corset lower above waist than her measurements show will adapt
to your client.
17. Compare the client's measurements below waist with the
length of the corset you are considering. Her measurements be-
low waist show you the extreme length of the corset you can use.
A corset shorter below waist than her measurements show will
adapt to your client.
18. The actual body measurement over the center front below
waist helps to decide the length of clasp below. If you were able to
secure a flat surface over which to take this measurement, you
would use a clasp below of the same length. This is the clasp
length the client should have. A slightly shorter clasp length in
the standard corset can be used. A half-inch longer clasp than the
body measurement can be used if the corset is not adjusted too low
in the front.
19. If unable to control the flesh so as to secure a flat surface
over which to take this measurement, the clasp must be a little
shorter than the body measurement. This allows for the flattening
to be accomplished by the new corset. Where the abdomen is very
prominent and hard, the re-distribution of flesh may not be enough
to make a perfectly flat surface. In this case allow a slight differ-
ence only and make the clasp slightly shorter than the actual body
20. All boning lengths may be shorter than the measurements
taken, but must not be longer.
21. Your selection of the corset must be made from those de-
signed for your client's type. The selection must be governed by
your client's needs. These must be considered in connection with
the adaptability of the standard pattern and a comparison of her
measurements with those in the series.
22. Standard patterns are designed for normal types; therefore,
their measurements and proportions will give more pleasing lines
to the figure, will adapt to the correction of variations and bring
them back to normal:
23. If you select a standard corset as a result of your compari-
son, it will not be necessary to send us the client's measurements.
The corset being made from a standard pattern will have the stand-
ard measurements given in the catalogue. This will simplify your
order. The only measurement needed is the waist size of the corset
selected, for which there is a space on the "Standard Order Form."
24. Read every word on your order form, study it carefully and
fill out each space as instructed. Write on the order form only the
information called for. These instructions, followed carefully, will
bring you prompt service.