Corset training, likewise referred to as waist training, figure training and the even more familiar tight-lacing, is at its most basic a technique for body modification. The waist and torso are formed using the external pressure produced by the firmly laced corset. The waist and surrounding torso are very slowly minimized over a long period – months to years, as the body slowly adapts to the shape of the corset design. The wearer needs to feel comfy at all times and any pain is an indicator that the corset is too tightly laced. As a general guideline it ought to seem like you are being tightly hugged, not breathlessly squeezed! It is extremely important to slowly progress with your waist reduction, as sudden reductions can trigger aches and pains.Read More»
The criss-cross lacing pattern is very similar to lacing a boot with one crucial difference– The lace does NOT enter through the top of the hole on one side, then across and down one to again enter through the top of the hole on the other side and so forth always entering the lacing holes from above to be brought across from underneath.
Instead, when the lace enters from above the hole and is brought over and down one to the next hole, it then enters from BENEATH, and vice versa– a lace entering into a hole from underneath will enter its next hole from above. The opposite side should be laced in mirror image to create a column of crosses alternating one on top of the fabric, one underneath, one on top, one beneath. Tightening the corset is thus made a lot simpler as a finger may be hooked round the center of a cross sitting above the fabric and yanked to tighten the gap.
Rabbit ears are large loops of lace left on both sides of the lacing at the level of the waist tape (or the thinnest part of the waist if your corset has no waist tape). Ensure the lacing is loose enough to put the corset on easily and tie the laces together at the bottom.
Once the corset is on anyone can tighten it by pulling at the crosses from top to middle and middle to bottom, yanking the rabbit ear hoops to use up the excess shoelace, the rabbit ears are at that point tied together in a knot or bow to secure the corset.
To brake in a new corset you’ll need to find three different occasions on which to wear it around the house for at least 2 hours. Put your corset on and very gradually tighten it, wriggle around in it as you tighten it little by little until it feels snug. As a rule it should feel like a strong hug. It should also be comfortable at all times, discomfort is a sign that your corset is too tight. Wear it for a half hour or so or until it starts to feel loose, then do the same again, tightening it slowly and having a good wriggle. If you can do this a third time after another half hour or so then do so. Don’t go too far, it needs to feel comfortable and tightening too much now may lead to weakened seams or poped eyelets. Let the corset get used to your body shape, the areas under most pressure should start to stretch ever so slightly, allowing the tension in the fabric to ease leaves you with a more even overal pressure which will ultimately feel more comfortable. Don’t stay in it longer than 4-5 hours. Repeat this on two more occasion and your corset should be ready for corset training in.
By ‘settling in’ to your corset in this way you will avoid some of the pains and aches that have been associated with corset training, probably as a result of people going silly and jumping straight into an 8 hour stint in a new corset!
Tight-lacers love the individuality of customising the body, a lot of modern corset training is practised because the wearer wants to follow their own idea of beauty rather than the reasons of old when corset training was practised to conform to society in the Victorian era. This is by far the biggest change that has taken place within the practise of waist training. Today its about empowering women (and men) rather than constraining them! So I’d like to point out that you should be corset training for you and not your peers, boyfriend, job etc.
So beside customising your body what other uses does the humble corset have? There are actually medical benefits to a tight laced corset. Medical corsets are used for back pain and spine deformaties. If your looking into them for this reason you should ask your doctor to direct you to a specialist. But a much more likely reason for you my readers to be waist training is to loose weight. Corset training is great for helping to reduce your weight. Obviously it needs to be in addition to exercise and a sensible diet but you’ll find you physically can’t eat as much while wearing one. We’ll go into the ins and outs (yes I know, bad pun) of eating and diet in next weeks posts.
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.