About Lovely Rat
How long have you been making corsets and why?
I made my first corset in 2008, the same year I established Lovely Rats. I really dove into practicing corsetry more in depth around 2012, in addition to studying fashion design at university. Since then I've been dedicated full time to making beautiful corsets for all body types, now more than 200 total! I love to make functional pieces of art which are unique to the wearer. I'm constantly improving my craft and taking on new challenges.
What do your corsets cost?
The starting price for basic custom underbust corsets is $450 usd, but the price varies depending on the style and level of detail. See our pricing page for more information.
How do I start a consultation?
You can use our submission form (see contact page) , message me on facebook, or shoot an email to LovelyRat@yahoo.com There is a $15 consultation fee, which is deducted from the final cost of your order and can be paypal'd to my email address. From there I can walk you through the process, put a design together for you, and send you an invoice. Please be courteous and respectful of my time.
How else can I support your work?
I have a small Patreon page where you can get access to exclusive tutorials, videos, and behind the scenes photos. This page helps expand my brand and fund future passion projects. https://www.patreon.com/lovelyrat
You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram
Do you accept payment plans?
Yes, I will ask for a half deposit once I have put together an invoice for you. The first deposit reserves your booking in my schedule. I accept the second half in whatever installments you feel comfortable with, as long as it is paid off before the corset is completed and shipped out. Deposits are non-refundable.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, I work with clients all over the world.Shipping prices are determined solely by what the post office charges me though, and can be a bit inconsistent. I should also warn UK clients that customs/VAT charges for corsets tends to be high, and there is nothing I can do to influence the final cost of importing my product.
Can I come by for a fitting/consult/measuring?
Sure! We don't have a shop front, but I have a workspace in Fort Worth, TX. There's no need to come by for a consultation, and I prefer to set up orders through email. But if you have paid for a mockup service with your order we can set up a fitting, or if you're confused about the measurement form I can take them myself once your deposit is paid. If you're local you can also feel free to pick up your final corset in person.
Do you offer a remote mockup service?
Yes. For a $100 fee I can make, send, and walk you through fitting a mockup through Skype or email. I can also offer local clients a personal fitting. A mockup is not 100% necessary for most orders, but it's great if you have special fitting needs or want to really ensure a perfect fit.
Where can I buy?
We don't have a shop front (yet!), all orders are made to order through online consultation. I can be contacted through etsy, facebook, or email (see contact page). I'll be happy to walk you through your order and answer questions for a $15 consultation fee (which is deducted from the cost of your final order). There are also occasionally used samples for sale on my etsy page at a discounted price.
Are your corsets suitable for tightlacing/waist training?
What are your corsets made of?
Every corset is made from English coutil, a stainless steel busk, and a combination of spiral and spring steel bones. I use mainly cotton, satin, or dupioni for my fashion layer, but can use almost any high quality fabric for the look you want. I will also accept client provided materials for the fashion layer.
How long will my corset take?
I tend to be booked up a few months in advance. Your deposit will reserve your production date, but it tends to be subject to change due to changes in other orders or material shipments. From the point I start working on your order my turnaround time tends to be about 1-2 months, depending on how backed up orders are and if you've ordered a mockup service.
What is your return policy?
No returns or exchanges. If there is a problem with your order, please let me know and we can determine on a case by case basis if there is something I can do for you. Mistakes happen. I can sometimes make repairs/alterations if I determine it is the fault of my product, but not to older pieces. If you have ordered a premade sample and it does not fit as expected, I may accept an exchange for a deposit on a custom order.
Why the name Lovely Rats?
In addition to being a rat lover myself, I've noticed both corsets and rats have a bad reputation based on common misconceptions. They are perceived as ugly and unhealthy, when really they can be quite beautiful and helpful to a lot of people! I love the idea of making something lovely out of something misunderstood.