How to Make Your Own Corset for Under $5
I Want to Look Hot for This Party
So, you've got this party coming up. In less than a week. You want your body to look its hottest and it's too late for a crash diet and multiple workout sessions. You want a flat belly and perky breasts in five days. What is a girl to do? The obvious answer is to buy yourself the best shapewear a woman can get: a corset.
What Exactly Is a Corset?
Corsets have been around since approximately 200 BC, were worn during the sixteenth century and most popular during the Victorian era. The word comes from the French word meaning "a kind of laced bodice." These undergarments start at or just below the chest and go down to your hips. In modern ones, many types of fabric are used along with either plastic or steel boning and heavy duty clasps to hold everything in. They are worn to shape your figure. Most standard steel-boned corsets will reduce your waist by four to five inches.
Have you ever wondered to yourself, "Where can I get a sturdy corset for under $200?" Nowhere. Expect to pay a minimum of $200 for a standard one. I'm not talking about shapewear, you can find that for under $40. Shapewear doesn't have the same structure.
A DIY Tutorial: Making a Corset Out of Duct Tape and Plastic Wrap
**Just to be clear, this DIY corset is not showy, like most standard corsets. Also, this it lacks the boning that regular ones have. So why am I calling this a corset? Because this project achieves the same goal: it sucks in your waistline and takes off inches of body fat.**
Also, I tested it for about an hour in my living room and found it to be effective, but uncomfortable.
Step 1: Find a Pair of High-Waisted Underwear
For this project, I used a pair of Spanx-like body shorts with a high waist. You could also use a pair of high-waisted underwear or a pair of leggings with the waist hoisted up.
Put on your shapewear and adjust it so the top of the material is a high as it can be.
Step 2: Get Out the Plastic Wrap
When I first did this experiment, I realized that I needed to compress the skin all the way up to my bra area, in order to smooth over any excess fat and to prevent the skin from rolling. Unroll enough plastic wrap to cover from your waist to the top of the bra line.
Step 3: Get Out the Duct Tape
Start just below the hips with a roll of duct tape and work your way up the body until you get to the bra line. It works better if you have someone holding the tape, as you turn around in circles, into the duct tape. You can do the taping by yourself too. Just make sure you are making the tape as tight as it can be, but give yourself enough space to breathe.
A Few Modifications
The first time I put the duct tape around me, I noticed my body fat bulged at the top, creating a "spare tire" under my bra. Make sure you tape all the way up to your bra, and you can avoid the bulge.
What would you do to look your best if you had an important event in less than a week?
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