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Frequently asked questions

We are located in the lush green forests of the Pacific Northwest in the city of Portland, Oregon.

All of our corsets and many clothing items are handmade in our studio. All “Made-to-Order” and custom items are made here as well. Some clothing, jewelry, and other accessories are made with the help of manufacturing facilities, in an effort to provide a range of items that are more affordable to you. Please check the details under each item individually for more information about where it was made.

Depending on which item you purchase, the time it takes to fulfill your order may vary.

Corsets and Made to Order Items:

Our typical processing time for our corsets and made-to-order items is 6-8 weeks. Domestic shipping takes an additional 2-4 days, and international shipping times vary. Handmade items take special care and attention to produce, so we appreciate your patience in giving us the time it takes to make these items.

If you need your order sooner, you can add rush processing to your order. This is available in variations of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 weeks, depending on how soon you need your items. Selecting this time frame from the “Priority Processing” menu above the add to cart button on any made to order item.

Custom Fit Corsets, Skirts, and Chemises: We do not accept returns or exchanges on custom fit items as these are made especially for you. We are not responsible for items that do not fit because measurements were taken incorrectly. We will make your items according to the measurements you give us, therefore, please be extremely careful when taking your measurements. We want your item to fit as perfectly as you do.

Ready-to-ship and standard sizes corsets: We do not accept returns on any corsets, but you can exchange your corset for a different size within 30 days of receiving your order. If none of the standard sizes work for you, you can upgrade to a custom fit corset for an additional $50.

Accessories and Ready-to-Ship Clothing Items (Excluding Corsets): Items that are unworn and unused may be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund, minus shipping costs. Items that are damaged or show signs of use cannot be refunded. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.

For more information, please review our complete Return Policy here.

Yes! All of our corsets and skirts can be made in any size. Many of our chemises (excluding cotton chemises) can be made in plus size as well. 

We can accommodate most customizations for an added fee. Submit a request for a custom order through our Custom Requests page  or send us an email directly at

Synthetic whalebone is a plastic boning made to mimic the qualities of whalebone or baleen, which was historically used in corsets for hundreds of years. Steel boning is made of steel and is commonly used in corsets today.

There is a common misconception that steel boning is better than plastic or synthetic whalebone boning for use in corsets. We prefer using synthetic whalebone over steel boning because whalebone is lighter, more flexible, and actually molds to the shape of the body over time as it is warmed by body heat. Steel boning is heavier, stiffer, and will never change shape to adjust to your body over time.

Yes, we ship worldwide! Please note that your items may be subject to duties or import taxes depending on your country. If you live in a country where your postal system is not reliable, we recommend you do not select the cheapest shipping option. If you select the a more expensive option, your package will be sent with UPS or Fedex, a more reliable courier for international orders.

While we can make a custom corset or set of stays reversible, we strongly advise against it for several reasons:

1. The boning used in our corsets (synthetic whalebone) has the natural characteristic of molding to the shape of your body over time. That means that as you wear your corset more, it will become more and more comfortable as it adjusts to the shape of your body. If you wore the corset inside out, it would not only reverse that process, but likely become more uncomfortable for you to wear until the boning re-adjusted to your shape.

2. Many of the fabrics we use on the outside of our corsets/stays are delicate, like silks and brocades. Wearing these fabrics next to your body would cause excess rubbing to the fabric surface. This, combined with the addition of your body’s oils and sweat will cause damage to the fabric over time. Our corsets/stays are lined with cotton canvas, which is more durable than the outer fabrics we typically use, and is a reliable lining fabric for protecting your corset. If you would still like to have your corset or stays reversible, you can request it for an extra fee by sending us an email.

The main differences between corsets and stays are the era from which they originated, and the silhouette they create.

Corsets extend past the waist and over the hips, creating the curvy, hourglass shape of the Victorian era, and the S-curve shape of the Edwardian era. 

Stays typically end at the waist around the sides and back, with variations on how much the waistline curves down in the front. Stays create a triangular shape, which is more common of Renaissance, Elizabethan, 17th and 18th century silhouettes.

While both corsets and stays are traditionally a type of undergarment and were never worn above the clothing, bodices were a stiff outer jacket-like garment that were worn over corsets or stays. In the technical sense, everything we make at French Meadows would be considered a bodice, as it is meant to be worn over clothing as a fashion item, not necessarily as an undergarment (though it does function as both).

You will see throughout our site that we use the terms corset, stays, and bodice somehwhat interchangeably. That’s because most people are familiar with the term corset and aren’t aware of the differences in terminology. As corsets and stays become more popular in the modern era, the term “corset” is being adapted as more of a blanket term for all of these variations of silhouettes.

Our corsets are not medical corsets and should be used only for fashion and costuming purposes.

We offer a lot of different styles of corsets, and by doing so, we believe we have something for everybody! Check out our Corset Style Guide for an in-depth look at the different styles we offer and which one will work best for you.

Our corsets are not medical corsets and should be used only for fashion and costuming purposes.

Regular corsets are made of stiff materials and often show hard lines underneath t-shirts, so the best option for wearing a corset under your clothes is an underbust corset. An underbust corset covers the area from just under the bust to the hips. It allows you to wear your own bra and provides waist shaping without adding too much bulk to the upper body. This style is often easier to conceal under a T-shirt since it does not come up over the bust. If you want to wear a corset that is more like a regular bra, most modern clothes are too thin to conceal the hard lines of the corset. If this won't bother you, or if you plan on wearing thicker layers on top like a sweater, our midbust corset style is the best choice. It provides great back support as well as bust support and removes the need for wearing a regular bra.

For more information about the different types of corsets we offer, visit our Corset Style Guide.