“How Can I Get This Corset To Contour My Body”? you ask.
You bought the corset, admired it, tried it on, and actually wore it for a while.
But still you don’t have that curvaceous shape that you desire; the contour that the girl on the internet had. Or wait, was it Instagram? Whatever! You want the figure that they promised without a lot of work.
Well, you can have it! Okay okay, it will take some time, and a little bit of work, with a lot of patience. But it will happen!
First, there are a few things that you need to know to help you get started in the right way. This helps to relieve some of the frustration too. Below you will find a number of steps to help you easily contour the corset to your body. This will contour your body as well, over time.
Step 1: Inspect Your Corset
Take your new corset and lay open on a flat surface, like the bed. Look at how it is made.
Observe the front connectors with the flat “loops” on one side and the little balls sticking up on the other. The flat loops are called hooks, and the balls are called pins. If you’re going to be an authentic corset wearing lady you need to get the lingo right.
The two long metal pieces together with the hooks and pins are called a busk.
Look at the busk and how the hooks and pins attach to secure the front opening. They may line up perfectly now, but when you try to put it on they don’t seem to line up. “Why is that”, you ask?
Don’t worry. They are evenly spaced and line up perfectly. When you’re wrapping the corset around your body and attempting to connect the hooks, the busk is usually bending. This makes just enough of a difference to prevent the hooks from lining up as they should.
To get the corset to actually line up and hook as it should, simply straighten the busk so it is flat as much as you can. Don’t allow the busk to bend at this time. You may need to have the lacing open really wide in back to do so but that’s okay. Open that baby up!
Step 2: Give it Time
So you are still asking, “How Can I Get This Corset To Contour My Body”? You will find that over time, as you wear your corset, the busk and the corset will begin to curve to your shape. As it does it will also change the shape that you have. Then, surprisingly enough, you will have curves, and the busk will hook up easily when it is bent.
You do not want the corset so rigid in front that the busk does not bend at all. This would make it extremely uncomfortable to wear and would never conform to the human body.
The more you wear your corset, the easier it will be to put it on and wear it for longer periods. It will contour to your body. It’s that simple.
There’s a learning curve, but it can be done. Stick with it because the rewards are impressive!
Step 3: Periodic Inspection
It is always a good idea to inspect your corset each and every time before you put it on.
On any well-made corset, there should be a ribbon or band sewn in at the waistline. This is to prevent the corset from coming apart due to the tight lacing. Make sure it is sewn in well so that it does its job.
Always check your corset before and after wearing for any repairs that need to be made. Your corset is an investment in your image and self-esteem. Protect and care for it as you would any prized possession.
Step 4: Inspecting the Back
Now flip the corset over and look at the back lacing. This is called lacing, not “strings”. Note the way the lacing has large loops at the center. These are meant to be there!
Do not attempt to lace your corset with all the extra lacing ending at the bottom or the top. It is meant to be pulled out at the waist and anything other than that looks just plain, stupid!
The beauty of the corset is that it accentuates your waist, pulling it into a curvaceous feminine shape. Pulling the ties together at the waist in a bow also draws the observer’s eyes to the waist; again. This is what you want! You now have curves to die for. It’s attractive.
Step 5: Practice, Practice, Practice
It may feel awkward when you are lacing the corset on yourself to pull the lacing to the waist, but you will get used to it over time. Just practice a lot. You want those curves that make conversations stop; that perfect contour.
Aside from the looks, there is another good reason that the lacing is secured at the waist, as I will discuss later in this article.
Step 6: In The Beginning Take Your Time
First off, take your time getting into your corset. Don’t rush! If you’re wearing it to a special event, allow yourself an hour or more to put it on. This will keep you from stressing and possibly damaging your corset out of frustration. Rushing and stressing will also cause you to perspire and possibly ruin your hair and makeup, not to mention the stains it may leave on your corset. Eek!
There are corset wearers on the internet that show how quickly they can tie up their corset. This is not a competition! They have obviously been doing it for quite a while and have the steps down. You will get there. Just take baby steps at this point.
I am assuming here that you are about the put on a full body corset and not a waist cincher so I am giving you directions for that. I am also assuming that you are getting into the corset by yourself without the assistance of another person.
Step 7: The Preparation
Get dressed into EVERYTHING else that you’re going to wear with your outfit. If you choose to wear a thin undergarment to protect your corset put this on now, along with your panties. Fix your hair and apply your makeup.
Once you are in your corset it will take some time to feel comfortable enough to bend over so you don’t want to forget anything beforehand. If you do you will probably need someone to help you put on your forgotten items, like your shoes!
Step 8: The Correct Start
1) Lay your corset out on a flat surface, usually the bed. Have the outside of the corset facing you with the top of the corset, the bust part, at the top. You may laugh but this is important. Now open the lacing up as much as you can. Gently pull at the laces until it is much bigger than will fit around you. Try to keep the center loops in place with extra lacing. This will help you later on when you are doing the lacing behind your back.
2) Now that you have it prepared, pick the corset up and wrap it around your body, with the bust part at the top.
Note: Sultry Lady Corsets actually has a waist ribbon with their company name and logo on it. When you have the wording right side up, you’re putting the corset on correctly.
A waist cincher that does not cover the bust can look very similar top and bottom. When the contour and curves of the corset look alike, this can get confusing.
Step 9: Start At The Front
Start by hooking the busk together at the front. Take your time, flatten that busk as much as possible, and don’t get frustrated.
There is no “best” place to start hooking. The top, bottom or middle, whichever works best for you. If the pins keep popping open just take a deep breath and start again.
If you have help from a friend, you can secure one hook, then hold it together by laying a hand flat on top of the secured hook while the other person keeps working on the rest of the hooks.
Just make sure you don’t allow any curves in the front busk as you hold it.
If the corset doesn’t wrap around you easily with room to spare, take it off and open the laces more. You want plenty of room to start.
Once you have it hooked up in front you will start lacing the back.
Step 10: The Basics of Lacing
1) If the corset is so loose it’s completely falling off of you, just hold it in place with one hand while you reach around behind you with the other hand. Grasp a loop at the waist and give it a pull. Then reverse the step and reach around to the other side to do the same.
2) You always want to pull the lacing an even amount on both sides to keep the lacing running through the corset balanced. Otherwise, you will have a huge amount of lacing on one side and not much on the other.
3) Now hold the corset in place in front with one hand. Make sure the busk is straight down the center of your body. If you don’t pay attention to this, it is possible to get your corset laced up crooked. Stand in front of a mirror and make sure it is straight in front. Be sure you have the proper waist placement and that it follows the contour of your body when you start to tighten the laces.
4) If the corset is snug enough that it is not sliding down off your body and you have both hands free, reach around behind you with both hands and grasp the loops at the waist. Evenly give them a good pull, taking out all excess lacing until it is snug to your body.
Step 11: The Modesty Panel
If you have a modesty panel in back, now is the time to straighten it as much as possible. Some corsetieres actually add boning to the modesty panel edge. This makes it easier to straighten it and keep it straight while lacing. Continue to straighten this panel as you lace the corset tighter. You will want to check and straighten it several times during the lacing of your corset.
Step 12: Make Sure You Have Proper Placement
Proper placement is extremely important when you start. Follow the contour of the body. Get that baby set properly at your waist and tied snug right from the beginning!
Proper placement of the corset is the reason that you want the lacing to start out snug at the waist. The waistline of the body is usually the smallest part. This is the part you are most concerned about reducing. Reduce the size of the waist for the curves you want, and that hourglass shape.
Because it is the natural inclination of your clothing to move to the path of least resistance, the garment will either try to move up or down to the smallest part of your body, following the natural curves of your body as you’re wearing it. When you ‘set the corset’ to follow the contour of the body and work from there, the corset has no other option but to shape you the way you want.
It is especially true with a corset. If you are small busted, your corset will try to move up your body the longer you wear it. If you have a large bust and smaller rear end, your corset will eventually slide lower on your body.
Now that you have the corset set at your waist, and the front seam lined up correctly, you are ready to finish the lacing.
If you’re doing this alone it can get tricky so take your time!
Step 13: Start Lacing From The Top
1) I have found that starting at the top and working towards the middle (waist) works best when lacing up your corset.
I have a fairly balanced figure and yet my corset still tries to ride up or down the longer I wear it. This also depends on who has tied it and how tightly it was laced, to begin with.
2) Start by reaching around behind you with one arm and feeling for the first two top laces. When you have them in hand give them a good hard tug. Pull as much lacing out as you can until all the excess is taken up. You don’t have to get it really tight at this point, just make sure it’s good and snug.
3) Check then straighten the modesty panel in back now. You don’t want unsightly wrinkles. If you have someone to help you into your corset you may want them to make sure any ‘back fat’ gets tucked into the corset as well. This eliminates excess fat sticking out over the top of the corset.
**Do not attempt to get the lacing as tight as possible the first time you pull the excess lacing out. This will cause the corset to shift where it sits on your body and you may have to actually remove the corset and start over.
Continue working your way down the laces in this way until you reach the waist. Now grab the two waist loops on each side with both of your hands and pull out all the excess lacing. It’s starting to feel like a corset!
Step 14: Finish Lacing At The Bottom
1) The next step is to start at the very bottom of the corset and grab the two bottom laces with one hand.
2) Give this lacing a strong steady tug to pull out as much excess lacing as you can. This will ensure the corset pulls your tummy in as you want it to.
3) Usually, the lacing ends at the bottom with a knot that ties together the two laces. Then decorative aglets or beads finishing off the ends of the laces. Before you start tugging the lacing towards the waistline, make sure the knot for the lacing is centered as much as possible on your back.
4) Now pull out as much lacing as you can, working your way to the waist as you did for the top.
Step 15: Complete The Lacing
1) Once you have the corset snugly fit your body you can go back to the top and tighten things up. This time pull it as tight as you can working your way down towards the waist. Pull out the excess lacing at the waist that you have created.
2) Do the same for the bottom, pulling the lacing as tight as you can, working your way to the waist. Cinching and tightening the corset in this way assures that the corset will stay in the proper placement on your body.
**Remember, once you get the corset on you will probably be wearing it for a while. That means you want it to be sitting where it should and feel comfortable to you. In other words; don’t get your panties in a twist or you’ll regret it!
Step 16: Check Out Other Lacing Guides
At this point, I’d like to mention that there may come a time when you need to re-lace your corset with new lacing. This may be a bit of a challenge but is not difficult. If you follow the simple steps outlined on our lacing guide here: Lacing Guide
To feel completely comfortable about lacing it may help to read the suggestions from other corsetiers. Orchard Corset website has various articles to help with this. And make sure to check out Lucy’s Corsetry website for more tip and ideas.
Whereas this is only one way to lace a corset back, there are several other creative, if not complicated ways to go about it.
And At Last: You’re In!
Now that you have dressed in your beautiful corset, relax and breathe. Strut your stuff. Show your mojo. Enjoy yourself and show off how gorgeous you are.
You will be surprised at how fast you become comfortable in the restraint. And how oddly abandoned you feel when you take it off.
Each time you put it on you will get better at it. The corset will begin to shape to the contour of your body. This gives you more sumptuous curves, leaving them awestruck and speechless.
Just practice a lot.
Before you know it you will be slimmer, more curvaceous, and wearing corsets like an expert.