My obsession with What Katie Did started around 5 years ago, I was working in Camden Town managing a shop stocking their corsets. I had tried steel boned corsets before but this was different, it was love at first try. WKD corsets use flat steel bones along the busks (the hooks at the front) and the grommets (the holes at the black) this gives a flat stomach, maximum support and great posture. The rest of the boning is spiral steel, which is flexible metal. This adapts to your natural shape and will help you reduce your waist further and be more comfortable. Before you get put off by the price tag you really do get what you pay for. They use luxurious high quality fabrics and each corset is handmade from start to finish by one corset maker. If you want a corset that lasts then it is worth the investment, my oldest corset is 4 years and after lots of wear it is still going strong.
I have owned 8 WKD corsets in my time, 3 of which I sold after changing size. 7 out of the 8 of my collection are the Morticia Underbust. The reason I love this style so much is that you are able to achieve amazing waist definition without having to over tighten it at the ribcage or hip due to the shape and goring at the hips. WKD recommends this style only if you have a 10” or greater difference between your waist and hip measurement. My measurements are: waist of 31-32” and 40.5” hips; what you also need to bear in mind is your underbust measurement. As this style flares out at the top if you have a small underbust measurement this may not be the right corset for you as it would gape at the top. This style must be named after the fictional character from The Addams family, who wouldn’t want to re-create the silhouette of Carolyn Jones from the 60s series?
The Morticia product description recommends that you can reduce your natural waist by up to 5”. I wear a 24” in this style. Now before you think hang on that is more than 5”, if you are an experienced corset wearer in the Morticia you can get a smaller size than you would usually wear. The dramatic shape of this style means you can tighten more at the waist than with another corset without crushing your ribs or creating buldge at the hip. The 5” modesty panel gives you some room to wear it in. You will find after a few hours you can really tighten the waist and create an exaggerated hourglass silhouette. I will add here that I am quite soft so I find it easy to reduce my waist by this amount but it will not be right for everyone. Before I changed size, I had a natural waist measurement of 41” and I wore a 32” Morticia.
If you are looking for a corset to wear underneath your clothes, I would recommend the Cabaret Sheer Morticia. I have this in black and feel it is the most subtle under garments. As the main body it not as thick as the other versions it is easier to disguise. See the photo below for how my PUG Monica dress looks with and without a corset. If you are wearing an outfit where it is more noticeable try wearing support underwear over it to further conceal it. This sheer style also look fabulous layered over a bright red dress for a vampy rockabilly look. If they discontinue this style at some point you can re-create it using the ‘Design you own corset’ option, they also have a pale pink available which you won’t find on the site.
I have to say my favourite Morticia has to be the Lalique Velvet version. After getting the black version I became so in love with it that I had to get the red too. The main base is duchess satin with velvet overlaying the boning & to create a diamond shaped waist band. The waist band gives the illusion of an even teenier waist as it draws the eye to your narrowest point. The velvet feels extremely luxurious and adds an extra touch of glamour. If you are a velvet fan you will need this in your life.
You can add this waist band on any style using their ‘Design your own Corset’ function. It was like all my Christmases came at once when they added this feature. I used this option to create a black leather Morticia. My boyfriend is a huge leather fan and I had always looked for a leather corset in a similar shape but never found one that fit as perfectly. These corsets are made to order but having a bespoke piece really is worth the wait. Do be aware that you cannot return corsets ordered through this option so make sure you know your size before placing your order.
My newest addition is the raw silk Morticia in bubblegum pink. I initially owned the black in a larger size and really loved the elegant matte finish of the fabric, raw silk feels more exclusive as it is not used by every corset maker. I remember lusting after the bubblegum pink version hanging in my shop but thinking to myself that I wouldn’t wear it as much as black. All of my collection is black or red and black, these are my go to colours and I love them but I felt like adding a pop of pink to my palette. The colour is even more fabulous than I remember and the fabric makes it feel luxurious. I am excited to find new colour combinations and have a bubblegum pink & mint vision that I must make a reality. If you like the look of the raw silk there are lots of stunning colours, the claret & orchard green are beautiful and will give you a really unique looking corset.
If you are lucky enough to find a WKD on ebay in your size you can usually snap one up for around half the price. If you are unsure of your size buying directly from the WKD site will give you the security of being able to return your corset if it isn’t right. I received excellent customer service from Hannah through the website who helped advise me on matching trimmings on the bespoke corset option, they really know their stuff so if you are unsure drop them a line, they are the experts after all.
A big thank you to Julia for guest posting about her stunning WKD Morticia collection, I am green with envy!