You can easily use the ‘rabbit ears’ method of lacing your corset training corset to make getting into your corset unassisted supper easy. It involves lacing the corset in the traditional criss crossed method until you get to the waist line, then leaving two big loops of lace (the loops represent the rabbit ears) then continuing to the bottom where you tie them off and cut off the excess. You need to leave the loops long enough to completely loosen the corset to the point where you can put it on/take it off easily. You then pull the loops to tighten the corset and tie them in a bow. The knot at the bottom of the corset never gets untied, unless you want to change or replace the laces. Here’s a diagram of the lacing for rabbit ears, if you have a waist tape on your corset training corset make the loops at this point.
You can then easily loop the rabbit ears over a door handle if you need an extra hand while tight lacing. You then just walk away from the door, using your body weight to tighten the corset. I posted some photos of my friend using the door handle method back in 2011 – check out the post of her first corset training corset lacing here
Here’s one of the photos to illustrate how easy it is to loop the ‘rabbit ears’ over a pair of door handles.
We established yesterday that you need to slowly ease your body into long periods of corset training. The example given was 2hrs a week but this is a lot slower than most people take it. Its really a case of listening to your body and easing up if you begin to feel uncomfortable. Don’t rush and do concentrate on comfort. If you don’t enjoy being in your corset you won’t want to put it on every morning.
So how long should you build up to? Again it depends on the individual and what feels right for their body. I’d say 8hrs it the minimum if you plan to constrain your waist over time, this is a good time period for maintaining too. Most people naturally progress to more though and it is not uncommon for serious corset training to reach 23 hours a day with an hour uncorseted for exercise and bathing. 23/7 corset training normally involves wearing a different corset at night, often the one you recently grew out of, to maintain tiny waist size from expanding during the night. I don’t advise doing this until you’ve been tight lacing for several months and then only if it feels right.
I’m asked a lot how long you need to tight lace to start physically reducing your waist line and how fast you can start squeezing the inches away.
Corset Training isn’t supposed to be a quick fix (although it does instantly slim your figure when you don a corset) it’s meant to be a way of life. Thats not to say you can only waist train if you plan to eat, sleep and work in your corset. It does mean that you have to enjoy wearing a corset for long periods and it does mean you need to reduce your waist slowly and sensibly.
That said we can go into the hows and how longs in more detail:-
When you start off make sure you get a well fitting corset and brake it in by wearing it for a few hours a day for a week or so ideally. You then need to build up the hours slowly, it needs to be gradual enough for your body to almost ‘not notice’ the change. You’ll feel very restricted and uncomfortable if you go straight for an 8 hour stint. But move up an hour a week from 2 to 8hrs and you’ll almost forget your wearing it.
The chemise is as old as the corset and has always been worn underneath it to protect both the skin and the corset like a barrier that minimises the amount of sweat penetrating the corset and also provides a breathable washable layer to keep the skin clean.
But unless you are a new romantic, the chemise may seem a little out-of-date for the modern girl, in fact it’s over 200 years out of date! So what are the modern day alternatives for today’s tight-lacers?
Well I tend to don a vest top, the stretchy kind that hug your body. But they’re not always high in cotton content which allows skin to breath and soaks up sweat. Synthetic fabrics will repel moisture holding sweat against the skin, not good! But now it seems there’s an alternative bamboo based fabric. I’ve seen it on a couple of corset makers websites being used to make undergarments for corsets. It’s 100% natural and has a stretch to it so it forms a second skin with 0 creases.
More about this wonder fabric when I get hold of some!
Last night I helped a friend into her first corset training corset and showed her the over the door handles method for tightening her corset alone. This is a great method for beginners because it’s like having a second pair of hands holding the laces taught while you pull at the crossed laces up and down the corset to get an even tightness top and bottom. Here are a couple of photos we took.