Hip and rib springs refer to the difference between the circumference of the ribcage, the underbust, or the hip measurement when compared to the waist measurement of the closed corset.
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*In order for the Gemini to fit properly, your hips MUST be at least 10" greater than your waist.
Now find the Hip and Rib Springs for your preferred silhouette using the chart below.
HIP AND RIB SPRINGS CHART
Now that you have your measurements, the corset size based upon your waist measurement, and the hip and rib springs for your preferred silhouette, it is now time to do the math.
If they are less than your measurements the difference will be your lacing gap. AGAIN: We recommend a 1.5" to 3" lacing gap to properly support your spine without putting pressure on it.
If the hourglass doesn't give you a good fit, try the other silhouettes following this process until you get the silhouette and size that is going to give you the best fit at your underbust and hips, remembering that you have additional adjustments with the lacing to get the best comfort in your corset.
The Gemini was specifically designed for those who have a difference of at least 10" between their waist and hip measurements, or for those who are experienced corset wearers that want the most dramatic waist reduction.To size for the Gemini Long, use the following springs (all measured from the bottom of the waist tape):
- Rib spring: 8.5 inches (about 5" above the waistline)
- Upper hip spring: 12 inches (about 3" below the waistline)
- Lower hip spring: 16 inches (about 6" below the waistline)
If math was never your strong subject, or if this How To has only caused more sizing confusion, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your measurements and we will be happy to work with you to find the best fit and get you the curves you deserve.
If you are uncertain of your size we suggest you order from Timeless Trends. Corsets purchased from Timeless Returns can not be returned or exchanged.