Hi! I'm Lucy.
You might know me from Lucy's Corsetry on Youtube, where I am tantalizingly close to 100,000 subscribers. I also run the educational corset blog Lucy's Corsetry (which is the most comprehensive corset blog currently) as well as the (comparatively-dry-but-nevertheless-nifty) Corset Database.
I've worked hard to organize and shine light on over 350 corset makers and brands all over the world. I create 100% free educational content on how to make and wear corsets safely, and try my best to bring together our amazing community.
I started this Youtube journey in late 2010 by reviewing pretty things. It was almost impossible to find detailed, objective, constructive reviews of corsets on Youtube at the time - so I spent well over $20,000 of my own funds purchasing and reviewing hundreds of different corsets. Turns out, I had enough info to make a literal database about corsets!
My job description isn't quite clear. I'm part corset maker, part teacher, part wearer, part consultant.
- Sometimes brands will hire me to teach their employees more about their own products, so I'm a traveling educator.
- Sometimes fledgling corset makers will ask me how their corsets measure up to "industry standard", so I act like an appraiser and consultant, setting Quality Control.
- Sometimes I work as a liasion between corset makers and their clients, helping people find their "match".
One of my proudest achievements is working with thousands of other corset enthusiasts in our community to create the compilation ebook Solaced: 101 Uplifting Narratives about Corsets, Well-Being, and Hope. This book gives a peek into the world of medical corsetry: where people in emotional or physical pain use corsets therapeutically to improve their lives. (But it needs an updated cover and better internal layout before it becomes a paperback book, and your patronage will help with that!)
I also happen to have ridiculously long hair (it grazes the back of my calves) and I love to get nerdy about haircare, nutrition and wellness. I occasionally make science-heavy videos about how hair (and hair products) work, getting into nutrition and the workings of the body.
How Would Your Patronage Help?
My channel used to be far more active than it is now. I used to upload 3x a week and effortlessly keep my site up to date. I have been forced to make less content now due to a tightening of resources. (I spend more time working to be able to afford to continue making videos.)
It would be a gift and an honor to continue making free videos, blog posts, and more, but it's getting harder to do what I love.
Youtube only pays me 10% what they used to back in 2014 due to their changes in algorithms and advertiser crisis (commonly known as the "adpocalypse"). It's a good month if I manage to earn $5 from a new Youtube video that might have taken me 12+ hours to research and create from start to finish. Older videos earn pennies. This passion does not pay for itself.
Reviews and sewing tutorials require that I have the funds to buy corsets, materials and other corset making tools and supplies.
I have never spent a single penny on advertising or marketing for Lucy's Corsetry - I prefer to pour my funds right back into the community by hosting giveaways and giving back to the people who have supported me most over the years. I'm proud to say that Lucy's Corsetry has exclusively grown from word-of-mouth. Alas, I cannot survive on kind words alone. I have also never accepted payment for any corset review, ever.
There is no requirement for you to help keep Lucy's Corsetry Youtube channel and website afloat, but your patronage would mean a world of difference.
Here's what your contribution would do for the future of Lucy's Corsetry:
- More corset videos, more often
- More hair, nutrition and health videos
- Bringing back sewing tutorials
- Funding corsets to continue making free reviews
- Funding research (affording to buy Pubmed papers, etc) so that my educational hair, nutrition and health videos are as accurate and up to date as possible
- Funding a better microphone, lighting, etc to make higher quality content
- Funding stock photos, other media, and possibly hiring an editor to make my videos even better and more fun to watch!
- Keeping my website / blog up to date, and keeping the galleries, tools, and and other research resources updated, swanky, and free to use (do you remember the Corset Designer Doll? It's been broken for years because I can't afford to update it)
- Keeping the Corset Database tool ad-free and free to use (also moving it to a new host in order to make it faster and hopefully stop breaking T-T )
- Funding professional photo shoots of my corset collection, for blog articles and future publications
- Hiring help to answer your questions faster
- Hiring a graphic designer and editor to finally get my book released in paperback
- And quite honestly, your help will help bring me and my loved ones more security so we stop worrying about the bills and the future, and start focusing more time and creative energy on what we do best!
Even if you choose not to donate, thank you for reading this far! And if you choose to become a patron, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for keeping this passion a possibility for me. I hope to pay it forward multifold by continuing to support this amazing community.
Learn more at Lucy's Corsetry (website), my Youtube channel, and Corset Database. :)