What Katie Did are a UK-based brand, who specialise in recreating a huge variety of vintage lingerie. While they sell everything from stockings to shapewear, what I lusted after for a long time was their selection of corsets – specifically, their Morticia corset. However, given the Morticia’s price tag of £159.50, I was sure that I would never be able to try it. What I wasn’t counting on was their post-Christmas sale, allowing me to bag my very own Morticia at a very reasonable price! And yes, I did mean post-Christmas – this review has been a long time coming! As you might have guessed from the above picture, I did recently have a just-for-fun photoshoot, so that gave me the push I needed to get around to writing this review.
The Morticia is a steel-boned longline underbust corset, made specifically for very curvy figures. Most average corsets won’t have enough space at the hips for those with a large difference in their waist/hip measurements, meaning that the corset will cut into the hips once laced. To avoid this, the Morticia is made with gored hips, which means it can accommodate a waist/hip difference of 10+ inches. In my case, my waist measurement tends to fluctuate between 28-31 inches, while my lower hips are approximately 42 inches, theoretically making the Morticia a good bet for me. In these pictures I am not wearing anything under the corset, but for proper wear another layer (such as a vest top) should be worn underneath, to protect both your skin and the corset lining.
Corsets are sized by their tightest waist measurement, so a size 30 should close down to 30 inches. This means that if you want to reduce your waist, you need to go smaller than your own waist measurement, usually by around 4-5 inches. Going by this suggests either a 24 or 26 would be a good size for me. I had heard that the Morticia is easier to reduce in than many other corsets, due to being made to accommodate hips. Because of this, I decided to go straight for a 24, though I think a 26 would have been plenty small enough for me. One important note: you shouldn’t try to lace a new corset tightly for the first few wears, as it needs to be broken in. Significantly tightening the corset straight away can damage the corset or cause injury, so make sure you give it some time before starting to really reduce.
The corseted picture is from the initial try-on, so it isn’t quite on properly, but I think you get the idea. The Morticia fastens with a steel busk at the front, and laces at the back with sturdy cord, which I somehow didn’t think to get a picture of. I think in this picture my waist measurement was around 31 inches, reduced to 29 inches. I didn’t take a comparison picture at the time, so the uncorseted picture is from this month (as you might be able to tell looking closely – anyone for a game of spot the difference? :P). The Morticia gives a fantastic, visibly smoothed out silhouette, and I was surprised at how different I looked even though the measurable difference was only 2 inches.
The appearance of the corset under clothes. I do find under thinner clothes that the seams/boning in the corset are visible, so some may find it necessary to wear an extra layer (such as shapewear) on top of their corset. I would also make sure you put on any hosiery and shoes before putting the corset on, or make sure you have someone to help you – I found that I had a lot of trouble reaching my feet with the corset on! Despite having a fantastic appearance, I did find that I had fit issues with the corset, which I think are visible if you compare my regular shape to my corseted shape. My proportions can be difficult to fit into pre-made corsets: I am very short waisted (2-3 inches from underbust to waist), with high hips and a long rise.
This is a very long corset, with a waist to underbust distance of about 6 inches, which means that if I do put the waist at my natural waist, the upper part of the corset digs into the underside of my boobs. If I place it low enough to not dig into my boobs, the waist of the corset sits much lower than my actual waist, which wouldn’t be as much of a problem, but it does move back up. I found it slightly more comfortable putting my bra on over the corset, as this stopped the corset pushing on the underwires, but it instead created empty space at the bottom of the bra cups when it moved up. Despite the gored hips, the corset can be uncomfortable on my upper hips due to how high they are, but I didn’t have any problems with the length of the lower half itself – I found the length and longline shape to give good coverage and shaping, and I didn’t have any issues with my belly being pushed out the bottom.
The Morticia really is a gorgeous, beautifully constructed corset, but the proportions just aren’t quite right for me. The corset measurements are listed on the item page (under ‘Details’), so if you are considering any of their corsets, I would recommend measuring yourself and making sure your proportions are reasonably close to them. For those who are more long-waisted, the Morticia could definitely be worth trying – I’ve seen it work on so many beautiful ladies, and I’m sure there are many more who will love this!
– length along front busk 13.25″
– underbust to hip 10.75″
– side length from underarm to waist 6.75″
– side length from waist to bottom 5.25″
For more reviews of the Morticia, check out Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Curvy Wordy and Invest In Your Chest.
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I’m sorry that it wasn’t quite the right fit for you! I will say that it looks pretty amazing on you though– maybe you can try something with a lower rise next time! I know that I am also short waisted, so it can be tough to wear anything with a long distance between the waist and the underbust.
It is a shame, I love the look of it. I have just got an Orchard Corset 411 actually, which is a much better length for me. It’s also green, so I’m just about in love with it. I’ll try to photograph and review it soon
I love corsets, I own corsets, and I’ve been pretty much avoiding corsets. Every single one I’ve ever tried cuts into my hips AND squeezes my tummy chub down and out in a not-flattering way. But after reading this review I’m feeling super excited about corsets again. I am off to check out What Katie Did right now! Thanks so much!
please tell me where the bras come from…I am having a nightmare finding a good fit. 18 bras tried on this week…all crap! thanks.
Hey Von, I have a lot of bra reviews on my blog if you want to have a look through. The polka dot bra in this post is a 30JJ Bravissimo Dotty Spot, and the pinky-red bra is an Ewa Michalak S Wisniowka, both of which I’ve reviewed If you’d like any specific fitting or bra advice feel free to contact me with any questions xx
Thanks so much for this Anna, while I don’t have anything like your awesome curves (comparably flat and straight all over) I’m keen on trying out some corsets to give me some more shape, and I always find your blog instructive.
Hi Anna Lovely write up. I couldn’t be sneaky and ask for a copy of the’how to do up a corset’ picture could I? I feel that I could use one of these for the shop and would appreciate the inspiration. If you’d prefer not to, it’s not a problem. Hope you’re still enjoying your Curvature Boutique bits. Kirsty
I’ll try to find it and get back to you
Hello, that was a great review as I have similar measurements as you – just my hips are an inch or two smaller… I am sad to hear you do not feel it is the right corset for you – however if you are considering selling it I would be very interested! Am looking forward to reading more of your blog, it is rather awesome =)
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First, this looks stunning on you. I love how the corset goes down low in the front — no tummy spillage and a nice flat fron under clothes.
Secondly: shapewear on to of the corset — why did I never think of that!