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Made To Order Blue Fan Lace Girdle

Kiss Me Deadly

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This item is made to order when Lou, Kiss Me Deadly's Sheffield-based corsetiere, knows she has enough time!  It takes around 2-4 weeks.

Fan Laced Girdles were invented to help women dress themselves. Now, in a modern context, that might sound insane, but there was a period where women's clothing came with an almost compulsory corset, and though you can lace those yourself, the longer length the corset and the less flexible you get, the more challenging that becomes! In fan lacing, the laces come into straps on either side, and you simple pull on them rather than having to adjust all the corset lacing individually. It's a signature look, and surprisingly practical!

Originally, these tend to be made in a sort of peachy cotton with heavy duty lacing, Kiss Me Deadly wanted to update the style. These are made with duchess satin, synthetic whalebone, and a touch of powernet, with contrast fan lacing in ribbon coming into a grosgrain ribbon strap. Because this garment is largely non stretch, it functions more like a corset than our usual girdles. Rather than a busk, it does up with hooks and eyes down the front side.

Sizing; this garment is non-stretch fabric so all the flexibility comes from the lacing, as with corsets. This means you can have them fully closed or up to a few inches apart  up and down the back (obviously it's fine to have it more open at the bottom than at the top, or any other variation. We wouldn't recommend more than about a 3 inch gap). Fully closed, the measurements are:

S:   Waist 24 inches, hip 33 inches
M:  Waist 28 inches, hip 37 inches
L:   Waist 31 inches, hip 40 inches
XL:  Waist 34 inches, hip 43 inches

Please bear in mind that these measurements are the SMALLEST the garment can be.

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Sizing Advice

At Hepburn and Leigh, we understand that it can sometimes be hard to work out from photographs whether a certain style will fit. That's why we try to provide the best sizing help possible, and if you can't find the answer to your question on the website, you're always welcome to contact us. There are also individual size charts for each brand linked to at the bottom of the page.

Please remember that sizes are just arbitary numbers and letters - they're not personal; most of our brands are very small and have to make a decision about what size ranges to do based on their market, not on any aesthetics or value-judgements about sizes.

It may well help to measure yourself. On size charts, waist measurements usually refer to the smallest part of your middle, the blue line on the left, and hips around the fullest part of your body, the orange line.



When measuring for bras, the blue line is the underbust measurement and the orange is the overbust - it's placement may change depending on where the fullest part of your bust is.

International Size Conversion Charts

Dress Size

UK 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
US 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
EU 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
AU 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24


Bra Band Sizes

In theory the UK and the USA use the same system for bra band sizes - meausre under your bust and add 4-5 inches to make an even number. In practise, different brands are using different methods and many UK brands, especially full bust brands, use your underbust measurement as your band size. US brands often run a touch larger (though notably not Elila or Rago).

UK/US 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
FR 75 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
EU 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95
AU 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20


Bra Cup Sizes



Advice in the item description:

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Advice by brand:

Where possible, we try to provide the sizing information given by individual brands. Do check which brand you're buying when working out your size, as they can vary between companies, and even between styles. Please click through for more detailed information.



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