Corseting in Nashville, TN
dear, I just saw your website. You look Great!. I always
have a wide rib cage. I have 3 kids I am 30 years old . I
always like to have a small waist I was thinking to have
ribs removal before. Do you think wearing a corset 24/7 can
help? if yes what kind of corset I need? and where can I buy
Cathie: Thanks for your
note. Yes, wearing a corset 24/7 can indeed help. Rib
removal is not necessary as the lower ribs are "floatiing"
ie not attached in front so they will mold over time. If you
tell me roughly where you live I will give you some
suggestions for a corset maker. If you are going to be
successful, custom made is important. It need not be frilly
and fancy. Let me hear from you. Cathie
Q. Hi Cathie, I ran
across your site while doing some web surfing, and I'm just
astonished! I am nearly speechless (or would that be
type-less?) at your transformation. Your waist is so
impossibly tiny - it's just amazing!
You seem to have kept a 'normal' body size and figure for a
number of years (I'm more than a bit envious) and I've
always wanted a small waist. I have a while to go to catch
up to you, my dear (I'm 42 right now) and I'm considering
starting waist training to narrow my waist measurement (we
shan't discuss what is is right now - much too
embarrassing!). I would like to keep up with my gym workouts
while beginning my corset training - do you have any helpful
tips for me?
I purchased a lovely leather corset dress recently on Ebay
and it's just wonderful - my husband's reaction was so
wonderful - I can only imagine what it will be if I take to
wearing a corset all the time as you do. I've read through
the FAQ and realize that I must start slowly, but I'm
hopeful that wearing a corset will not only help me to
narrow my waist, but lose weight, as I will be unable to eat
as much as I currently do.
You are definitely an inspiration, and I applaud you. I know
others have asked similar questions, but do you have a
family physician (outside of your darling hubby) who keeps
up with you and gives you a check-up annually? Since I live
so close to Mystic, I'm surprised I've never met you, but
that's my loss - you must be absolutely fascinating to talk
to. Good luck and good health to you and your hubby, and
much success in all your endeavors.
Cathie: Thank you for
taking the time to write. Do you know who made the corset
dress and do you have a picture of you in it to forward to
us? I do have a regular primary care doctor and don't go
wearing a corset so it doesn't elicit any comments.
Do keep in touch and thanks again for writing. Cathie
Dear Cathie & Bob,
The pictures of you in the black leather corset on your
website at Nashville are awesome!! At least it looks like it
is made of leather?? The combination of your beautiful
shapely figure and that corset is a fantastic picture. Would
you mind telling me about the corset? Like is it actually
BTW, the new blue corset in the next picture is also
beautiful BUT your figure make every corset look its best!!
Cathie: Thanks for your
note. The corset is leather--made by Jeroen of Bizarre
Design in Amsterdam. It was made using his early
techniques--no front opening busk and stainless "u" hooks in
the back for lacing. We converted him to eyelets
subsequently. The blue corset was made by Melanie Talkington
of Lace Embrace Atelier in Vancouver, BC. She had a soiree
for us when we were out there--a black tie event with about
two hundred guests!! We left on an Alaska cruise from
Vancouver in June so spent the better part of a week out
there prior to embarkation. Keep in touch.
Bob and Cathie
Cathie, You have a great corset body it looks very nice. I
have a few questions about corsets because my girlfriend
will be a corsetwearer too. How long you can wear a corset
at beginning the progress? Does it hurt? Can you do sports
with a corset?
The most important issue when
wearing a corset is the fit--it is imperative to have a
corset custom made and do not try to have too much reduction
in site. You must decrease your waist size gradually. The
change in silhouette will give the appearance of a great
reduction while the actual waist size may change very
little. This initial corset should not be painful. When you
are totally comfortable with this first corset and can wear
it closed (I wear mine 24/7--just taking it off long enough
to shower) order a new corset approximately two inches
smaller. Start the same procedure again. It will progress
more quickly at first and then slow downafter a corset or
I do not work out or play sports but there should be no
reason not to if you don't lace too tightly. Once you've
moved to a smaller corset you can save the "old" one to wear
when playing sports. We have a small sport fishing boat and
go off shore deep fishing. I have no problem working on the
boat and reeling in fish, etc.
If you want any more suggestions don't hesitate to contact
me by e-mail.
Cathie, Just when I think I thought I have seen all the
pictures of your beautiful hourglass figure, you post even
better ones! I am referring to the ones headed - Cathie in
Nashville Tennessee, September 2005 Gallery 17. You are a
definite showstopper in those corsets and will never lose
you title as the Queen of Corsets.
However I am curios about 2 items. I think I noticed both
items in earlier pictures but did not pay much attention so
forgive me if I should have noticed before.
1. On both corsets in the lower pictures of gallery 17, you
had 6 or more garter straps? Do most of your corsets have 6
or more garter straps? Do you have any preference as to how
many you might use? Or is the number something Bob likes and
you do for him?
2. the gold collar/necklace again in the lower 2 pictures.
In one sense, the blue[?] jewel in front makes it look like
a piece of jewelry. But the width gives it the appearance of
a collar. So which is it?
If a collar, is it locking? And is lock visible meaning it
can only be worn on limited occasions and has to be hidden
by your long hair?
Whatever you are doing to look so young, keep doing it! In
one writeup, Bob referred to your girlish figure and I have
to heartedly agree!
As for garters. I
prefer three pairs for security of stockings and keeping
them smooth and straight. I may have four pairs on some
corsets but beyond that we don't find any great attraction
Re the neck piece/collar: it is silver and the stone is a
blue topaz.. The back does fasten with a silver lock and is
hidden under my hair. There is a picture of the back (I
believe in gallery 4) showing the fastening.
It was nice hearing from you again. Bob sends regards.
Cathie, Thanks so much for sharing your corseting
experience on your website. As you've heard a million,
times, you're an inspiration and show what perseverance can
I do have a question. I'm a 60-year-old male, 6'2" and 190
lbs. Over the past two years I've corseted down from 32
inches to about 26 inches (uncorsetted). Some residual fat
and a bit of skin is in the way of 24-25 inches, probably my
Do you have any suggestions as to ways to get rid of
stubborn fat and excess skin in that area? I wear a corset
tighter at night and then loosen it up 1-2" for daytime
I do put on lotion, of course. But reduction is partly loss
of fat/skin and partly organ relocation. The former is my
Best wishes and continued success.
I think the fat
dissipates over time. As for the "extra" skin, unless you
are interested in having it removed by plastic surgery (I
have not) the alternative is to try to pull it up or down
while lacing. I don't know if I have been of help but I do
know what you mean.
Cathie, Thanks for getting back on this. As for
"dissipating over time", how can that process be assisted?
Is it the pressure and contact from corseting over time? Is
it the extra heat brought on by the corset surround? Since
"spot reducing" supposedly doesn't work, there must be
something extra involved. You obviously are carrying very
little subcutaneous fat around your midsection.
There are a few topical products used by physique athletes
that based on my limited experience MAY help. Any comments?
Have you tried any?
That has never
been an issue for me. I think that pressure rather than heat
is responsible. I am not aware of ny creams that work but
from reading, etc understand that liposuction might be an
option, particularly if you live in an urban area.