Seasoning your Corset

Let me
start out by telling you why seasoning is important. When you buy your corset
it’s still very stiff, the boning hasn’t formed yet and the layers of fabric
still need to adjust to the pressure.

This process takes time, just like you probably can’t run a marathon without
training.

There are a few things that can happen to your corset if you don’t season it
properly (or not season it at all). Let me make a small list for you:

1. The fabric weakens.
2. The boning does not form to your body.
3. The boning twists.
4. The busk bends or even breaks.
5. The corset twists.

 1 Weakening fabric.
When you put a corset on the first couple of times, the boning is not at all
formed to your body. Because you cinch your waist the boning will make a ‘)(‘
shape, it will not yet hug your ribs and hips. The boning pokes outwards at the
top and bottom, putting more stress on a small part of the fabric. This will
result in weakened fabric and eventually the boning might even break through
the fabric at these points. 

If you properly season your corset you let it form itself to your body before
it will be worn tightly, this way the boning will curve upwards around your
ribs and downwards around your hips. They won’t be poking outwards into the
fabric anymore.

2 Boning does not form to your body
In the part about the fabric I told you about waiting until the boning forms.
If you don’t season the corset, it won’t form to your body properly. It needs
to find your natural waist, this is not per definition the smallest part to the
eye. For the corset this means the part that will cinch down the easiest. If
you force it to form differently, it will never fit properly and won’t be as
comfortable as it could be.

3 Twisting bones
You have probably had a piece of clothing, like a legging/skirt/jogging pants,
that had an elastic waistband. And the elastic band will probably have twisted
within the fabric at some point. This is exactly what happens with the bones in
the boning channels if there is too much pressure on it too soon.

4 Bending or breaking busk
The busk is very strong, but everything has its limits. Before the corset is
seasoned the pressure on the busk is quite uneven, there will most likely be
more stress in the middle of the busk when you first wear it. But as the corset
forms to your body, the pressure will be divided over the whole busk. 

5 Twisting corset
This is something to be very aware of, it happens very easily. But it is very
easy to detect, when it happens your busk will not be perfectly vertical. When
you see it getting a bit diagonal it’s case to straighten it as soon as
possible, otherwise you might not be able to compensate it anymore.

These things all applied tot the corset itself, but what is actually a lot more
important is what happens to your body when not carefully seasoning.

You might end up with bruises because the boning is still to stiff, especially
when you are very curvy. A corset should never leave bruises or hurt in any way
(hurting does not equal discomfort). Besides it possibly hurting your back and
ribs, you have to realize it’s not natural for your body and it needs to get
used to the feeling of a corset.

Ok, lets get to the seasoning itself,

This basically takes around 3 weeks if you do it daily, but after that you will
be rewarded with a comfortable corset that lasts for years!

The basic program is wearing your corset for two hours a day cinched around 2
inches.
I advise to cinch down only 1 inch the first two days but still follow the two
hours. In these hours of seasoning there is no reason to sit still and do
nothing, it is even better to just do the things you normally do, take a
walk/lightly clean/watch some TV/etc. The only thing you need to be careful
with in this period is driving, the corset could ride up due to the posture
when driving.

The next two weeks you can just wear it the 2 hours at 2” reduction.

The last 5 days you can try to slowly cinch it a bit further, it should not be
very tight yet but definitely snug. 

Now you might think, how do I measure the reduction? The easiest way for me
always is to measure the gap in the back when you have just put the corset on
before lacing it. If you have a 2 inch reduction, the gap should be 2 inch more
closed.

But you can also measure the waist just before lacing and after lacing, and
again it should be 2” smaller to have a 2 inch reduction.

If you desperately need it seasoned earlier you might be able to squeeze it in
a 1.5 week period, but this 

takes some good planning and dedication. This would mean putting two days in
one. You wear it two 

hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. Let’s say from 9 till 11 in
the morning and from 9 till 

11 in the evening. Make sure to leave at least 9 hours between each time wearing
it. It needs it’s rest 

just as much as you do.

Always make sure the to put the corset on straight! Once it is seasoned twisted
you can not get it 

straight again.

If there are any questions you are free to mail us at info@laced-up.com

We are planning to make a video-blog about it, one of our volunteers will
season a new corset and give 

you a daily update about the differences you can feel and see, so you can join
her in the process!

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