The waist corset pattern

Waist corsets (or corset belts as they’re also called) are usually no more than 5-7 inches tall and place pressure purely on the waistline. They’re less comfortable because of this but allow for a much greater freedom of movement than longer corsets.

Not a lot of good for corset training, the waist corset does have it’s uses, mainly as a fashion garment but it’s not completely useless to a tight lacer. Having a corset belt in your inventory means that if you need to take a brake from waist training or have to go without for some reason – if your going on a hiking holiday for example. You can use your waist corset to maintain your waist line while still being able to perform energetic activities.

The corset belt is a great starter sewing project for a would-be corset maker. The lack of a busk and minimal sewing make it an easy corset patte

If you fancy making a waist corset you can get my free corset pattern for one on this page – Free waist corset pattern just scroll to the bottom.

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Corset Training How-To (3)

How Long Should it be on?

Well, most dedicated tight-lacers will practice a 23/7 rule. This means only taking their training corset off for exercise and wahsing and only loosening it to sleep. However, this is an extreme thats built up to over years, don’t start at this level, you won’t keep it up! It really is up to you to decide how far your going to take it, so if your not enjoying it then ease up. To be effective however, it’s best to work up to at least 8 hours in your corset training corset each day. This should allow you to gradually progress to a smaller size, although it will be a lot slower. Wearing your corset all day and possibly wearing a maintaining waist corset of some kind at night should be your goal if you want to seriously tight lace to a tiny waist size. Otherwise you’ll find yourself fighting to get back into your corset each morning as you deal with the overnight expansion. If you feel like making a waist corset on your sewing machine, check out the bottom of the corset patterns page on this website for a free corset pattern.

You should never exercise in your corset, hopefully this is obvious, you should also make sure you do exercise! If you need convincing of why this is extra important to the waist trainer then read most post – Exercise – Combating the Negative Effects of Corset Training which should give you more than enough reason to sign up to the nearest gym!

 

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Corset Training – Q&A

You’ve been emailing and I’ve been replying – here are some of the emails I’ve received that I think are most relevant to all readers interested in corset training – names removed for privacy x


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I want to buy a training corset? Can you help?
I’ve wanted to start constricting my waist by a couple of inches for ages. I’ve looked at various websites for side effects, health benefits and permanent effects etc. How much does a good quality corset cost? Any tips? I’d like to get as much info as I can. My friend Sef says it damages your spine and weakens your core muscles, and that is where you lose waist inches. Is this true? Many thanks!

I’m really sorry to Sef who answered you first but Sef – you don’t know what your talking about!

You loose size through the redistribution of your internal organs, this sounds scary but happens to a greater extent during child birth than during tight lacing. A conical shaped corset will pushes your ribs in slowly to give you a nicer silhouette – this reshapes the rib bones and is more or less permanent, but the waist size isn’t (unless you tight lace for several years then stop, in which case yes you are going to be smaller than you would have been naturally). Sef’s right about the muscles weakening tho – although this makes very little to no difference in size – you will need to exercise your trunk/core muscles as the corset will be taking your body weight when your wearing it and so you’ll not be using the torso muscles during wearing time.

As for the best place to get a training corset from – you really are best off making one, unless you can afford to get a corset custom made for your body, otherwise your likely to be uncomfortable, at the very least make sure you can try it on before you buy – for more than 10 minutes! Make sure its steel boned and specially made for ‘training’ or ‘tight lacing’, and remember to go slowly so your body can get used to it/adapt. Good luck xxx

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How many inches could a corset “safely” take off my waist?
Just wondering how many inches on say, a 27 inch waist could be taken off safely, i.e with no internal damage caused and a minimal pain. I only want one for fun really.

The rule is buy a corset 4 inches smaller than your natural waist size. Corset training is the method used to reduce – thats where you wear a corset 23 hrs a day and slowly go smaller and smaller. It shouldn’t cause pain tho, heavens no! Even if you keep going. Believe it or not even altering the position of your internals shouldn’t cause discomfort! The trick is to do it slowly and let your body adapt. But it doesn’t sound like you want to go that far. Just putting on a corset and pulling it comfortably tight (do this slowly over 10 minutes, wriggle in between pulls while putting your make-up on or something) would take maybe 2 inches off and looks very pretty AND doesn’t hurt! Yay!


Where can i buy a cheap corset?
i want an inexpensive corset with plastic boning.

Nooooo no no no you don’t want to get a cheap one! Or plastic boning – no, its a false commodity, it bends when you sit and that bend stays their and weakens the bone, after maybe 4 wears they’re useless, I’ve had a couple a looong time ago. Its a ‘waist’ of money getting the cheaper plastic boned ones :D Metal sounds uncomfortable but its the opposite, it keeps its shape and supports. Spiral steel are much suppler if you want really comfy. Go on fork out for a decent one, or make your own.


Where Can I Find A REAL CORSET, Like In Gone With The Wind?

To be really honest your best bet is to make one, thats what I do, otherwise your looking at $200 upwards for a decent one. I charge $350 plus for properly fitted corsets. But if you do plump for a tailor made, make sure you are fitted for it and have at least 2 fittings. Remember – Real corsets have steel boning and are made with or lined with a special corsetry fabric called coutil.


Where can I buy supplies for making Corsets?
I am a designer and I’ve been asked to make a special Costume. This involves making an Old fashion Corset. I think they’re gorgeous little beauties but…. Finding the material is proving to be a task. I need Busks and Boning if there is a store you know of or an online store give me a link please.

There are a few online stores –  The Vena Cava site for example, but if you’ve never made a corset before your really gonna need to get a book or some instructions, I make alot of them for customers and just inserting the busk is very specialised, the eyelets at the back will need to be supported by boning on either side or a lacing bone (which is a bone with holes for the eyelets – I prefer these but a historically accurate corset will use the 1st method). Otherwise the fabric rouges and they pop out. Try my course at http://corsettraining.net/corset-making-manual for info on making corsets and corset mock-ups and 20 great patterns! etc. If you don’t like it I offer a full refund no questions.

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How do corsets work and where do i get one :)? Plz Plz Plz!

How do they work and where can I get a sexy one? ;)

Your male right? Lots of guys wear corsets, theres no problem there. The tricky part is your not necessarily going to want the traditional corset shape. Unless super feminine is your thing?

A conical shaped corset, if you wear it 12-23 hour a day will slowly reshape your ribs, giving you a more feminine shape, where as an hour glass shape leaves more room for the ribs to remain as they are.

‘Tight lacing’ as its called doesn’t hurt (unless you go too far too soon) you just have to take your time. Theres loadsa info on doing it properly and pictures of male corseters on my website corsettraining.net including Mr Pearl – he makes corsets for Dita Von Tease and has an 18inch waist himself! Gasp! Don’t go too mad.

You’ll also need to get a proper ‘tight lacing’ corset for corset training with steel boning if your intention is to remodel your figure. If your just after some fun and don’t want to corset train or wear it tight any of the millions of online corsets will do. Search for either ‘burlesque corset’ or ‘underwear corset’ depending on ur fancy ;) xxx

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Make a Corset – Mock-ups and their importance, a how to guide

 Mock it up

I can’t stress the importance of a mock up enough, I hear you groan but marching ahead with your good material and crossing your fingers your corset will fit is one hell of a risk. Besides, it’s really quick and easy, promise!

Using some plain cotton or other scrap fabric, cut out your pattern leaving an inch extra at the joins as seam allowance, then sew the joins leaving the front and back openings un-sewn.


 

 

Now take each seam allowance in turn and sew the two flaps together leaving a pocket wide enough to slide your boning into.


 

Slide your bones in and if need be stitch the bottoms of the seam allowances to stop the bones falling out. Now cut a strip of material the width of the gap you intend to have at the back of your corset where the laces will be and stitch or pin it between the two back edges. Now you can try on your mock-up, pinning the front closed around you.

 

Does it fit?

Check the length, how high it comes up under the arms (if its an overbust) and the overall fit. If its too loose around the top and or bottom edges you may have to bring it in at the joins; use pins to alter it while wearing it, then take it off by undoing the front pins and transfer the changes to the pattern pieces. If its too tight let it out by unpicking the seams as far as need be and pinning scraps of material in place to extend the pattern pieces. Again take off and transfer the changes to the paper pattern.



hips taken in on a mock up

 
 
 
A mock up with bones in
 

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