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Corset Training - the facts

Updated on February 19, 2012

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Corset TypesCorrect method for lacing a corsetMy first home made corsetThe mock up for my first corsetCorrect and incorrect lacingMr Perl, the famous corseteir
Corset Types
Corset Types
Correct method for lacing a corset
Correct method for lacing a corset
My first home made corset
My first home made corset
The mock up for my first corset
The mock up for my first corset
Correct and incorrect lacing
Correct and incorrect lacing
Mr Perl, the famous corseteir
Mr Perl, the famous corseteir

Corset Training – Introducing you to the Facts

Corset training –

Also known by the names waist training, figure training and tightlacing. It involves sculpting the waist and torso into a more aesthetically pleasing shape, reducing the waist, shaping the lower ribs and flattening the tummy. This can’t be done quickly; the waist must be gradually reduced over a period of months, as the body has to very slowly conform to the shape of the corset.

It is a myth that corset training involves suffering on any level, wearing a corset should feel comfortable and unrestrictive. When corset training around an inch a month can be taken in but you need to wear the corset at least 12 – 14 hours per day.

Correct method for lacing –

To corset train on your own you need to lace in a criss-cross fashion from top to bottom with rabbit ears (which are large loops of lace) at the waistline of your corset, this makes tightlacing without assistance so much easier.

You tie the laces together at the bottom, making sure you have your loops in the middle, put the corset on and tighten the criss-cross lacing from top and bottom into the middle. This should make the loops bigger, and then you pull them tight and tie them together. See picture above for diagram.

Corset shapes –

Corset shapes include: the hourglass, conical, waist cinchier, pipe stem, S bend, Elizabethan and male corset. See pictures above for diagram. The first three are the most used in corset training – The Hourglass allows space for your ribs, the conical pushes in your lower ribs (which stay that way after a few months of wearing your corset but won’t effect your breathing or health), and the waist cinchier only effects your waist but not your ribs or tummy.

Health issues –

There are no medical conditions evidently linked to corset training believe it or not, even the extreme corset training of the Victorian era cannot be found to have had negative health effects. The internal organs move around but are not affected; in fact they are put under greater stress by pregnancy which could be the reason why the body suffers no effects from corset training.

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      Scarlett 5 years ago from UK

      It's possible you didn't get a corset 4 inches smaller than your natural waist size, but this quick closure can be the result of weight loss too. You can't tell what speed you will lose inches at, especially if your losing weight. Its fine that it's fully closed but if your looking to go further/smaller with your corset training you will obviously need to get a smaller corset when your ready.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      excellent subject to do Hub about - interesting read. very well done. nice writing style

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      Zoe 7 years ago

      i've only had my corset for about 2 weeks and my corset has completely closed fully already is this bad seeing that i have to wear it for several months


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