There are various methods for lacing a corset but for corset training purposes a criss-cross method from top to bottom with the edition of rabbit ears (sometimes called bunny ears), is most functional and makes tightening a corset training corset properly and without assistance much easier. We’re going to go into detail now but why not check out the main Corset Training page if you’d like to learn how to break in your corset training corset as well as learn how to care for it and manage your training. Or click to just check out the article on Breaking In Your Corset Trainer.
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.