Q: How can I measure myself for a corset?
A: Using a tape measure, measure the circumference of the smallest part of your waist, and the widest part of your chest, pulled tight, then refer to the size guide below corset listings. If you're ever worried about your size not being within the parameters of the size guide, just leave your measurements in the order notes, and I'll be sure to accommodate (the beauty of made-to-order clothing)
Q: Where can I see your size guide
A: Size guide for items are listed on each item description. If you're after a custom order like a corset we can email a size guide to you!
Q: How long will my order take to make?
A: Generally orders are on a 2-4 week wait time for production. All items are made to order, and are stated as such. This means when you place your order, the item gets made, unless stated otherwise for samples/one offs, etc.
Q: Do you ship worldwide?
A: Yes, we are based in the UK but can ship anywhere.
Q: How much does shipping cost?
A: UK postage is £5.50 standard tracked & signed for. Worldwide postage is £15 at the moment. If you are a Brighton local get in contact and we can arrange you picking it up! We post using Royal Mail.
DEADSTOCK & SUSTAINABILITY
Q: What is deadstock fabric?
A: Deadstock fabrics are surplus materials produced by textile mills, or are end of rolls left over from larger designers that have no use for such small quantities. They are basically leftovers from the industry that are being saved from landfill.
Q: Why deadstock?
A: When I embarked on Cat O'Brien after my degree, I used it as an opportunity to make use of all the fabrics I'd accumulated over 3 years. Not wasting what materials already exist always felt important to me rather than buying new. I use deadstock websites for everything, as well as rummaging in charity shops, antique shops, and trawling eBay.
Q: What other sustainable practises do you use?
Recycled plastic bottle ribbons to lace up the corsets
Recycled polyester thread to sew the garments
If any interfacing is used this is also made from recycled polyester.
Also everything is sewn by me in my house, or printed locally in the UK, so our footprint is as low as possible
Q: What about your packaging?
A: All packaging is either recycled or recyclable. I reuse all bags/tissue paper/etc that comes into the house! This may mean that what is delivered to you comes in a reused bag, but what is inside is all shiny and new. Any new postage bags and boxes are cardboard and are therefore totally recycleable. The same goes for the tissue paper that the clothes are wrapped in, it is either reused from something I've ordered, or is made from recycled materials.
Of course we are not perfect! I still buy new bias binding, eyelets (metal and therefore could me melted down to be reused one day) sometimes lining fabrics are new, etc. But we are doing the best we can, and I hope to keep the effects of this brand minimal on the environment in the long run.
Q: How do I care for my corset?
A: In terms of corset care, they are better off hand washed, but I have tested them out in the washing machine on 30 degrees, for a short amount of time. Do not tumble dry, but they can be ironed.
Q: Can I wash my clothes?
A: For anything else (shirts etc) you can wash these as you would your other clothes. Pay attention to what they're made of, but a linen shirt can go in with any other cottons/linens, etc.
Q: How can I order a corset in a specific colour way or fabric?
A: Just drop me an email and I'll do the rest! firstname.lastname@example.org Have a browse of all the different custom orders I've done on my Instagram, and on the 'commissions' page on here (I'm not as good at updating that)
Q: What information do you need for a custom order?
A: Whatever you can give me! If you just know you want a green or purple corset, that's totally fine I can send you every green and purple (deadstock) fabric under the sun. Maybe you have a specific reference image (I've used everything from film refs to colourful cake refs) or maybe you've seen one you'd like. Just let me know what you like, and we'll go from there.
It can also be helpful to know your size, and what style of corset you'd like (I call my corsets with a straight hem the 'Corset Top' and the style with the pointed front the 'Classic Corset')
Q: How much is a custom corset?
A: Custom corsets in the existing shapes I make are £150 + postage to wherever you are.
If you're interested in a commission of a different nature, email me for a quote.
Q: I've got some of my own fabric I'd like made into a corset, can you do this for me?
A: Of course! I love making really personal corsets made from fabrics people already have. I have even turned someone's leather jacket into a corset. If you send your own fabrics I can also discount the price for you!
Q: Do you offer alterations?
A: Yes! We offer alterations for just £25. Another bid to keep Cat O'Brien circular, if you find your previously bought items might need some fine tuning, just pop us an email.
Q: Do you offer alterations outside the UK
A: Sadly not at the moment. It isn't really worth it for you or me with all the added postage costs, I'm sure you could find a more local and cheap tailor to alter it for you!