How do I tie a corset?

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This all depends whether your corset opens at the front or not.
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A true [[Corset]] will always have the laces tightened at the natural waist (usually this is the bottom of the ribcage, for an hourglass corset).  If yours has laces pulled tight at the top or bottom, it is a [[basque]], or other designed top.  The function of a corset is to make the waist smaller, and this cannot be achieved by straight lacing up or down.  It makes no difference if your corset opens at the front or not.
  
'''If it doesn't open at the front''', then you basically start at the top and work down (you can go the other way, but it's not as easy).  You'll be taking the strings out each time you use the corset, to get it on and off.  It's a bit like lacing a boot.  You'll have two separate laces.  Tie a knot at the end of each.  If you start at the top, thread one lace through the top hole on each side.  Thread one lace down, picking up every other hole, until you run out of lace.  Go through each hole from the inside to the outside.  Get the wearer to hold that end for you.  Then thread the other lace down, through the holes you left the first time.  Pull both strings together to tighten the corset and give yourself more lace.  Continue lacing until you reach the end of the corset.  Then pull both strings together.  You'll need to work the excess lace down to the bottom, by pulling the points where the laces cross with your fingers.  Make sure the top and bottom are properly tight - it's easy to overdo the middle but not pull the top and bottom enough.  Tie the loose ends into a double bow at the bottom.    
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If your corset is unlaced for whatever reason, and you are unsure of how to re-lace, then follow these instructions.
  
'''If the corset does open at the front''', then you'll have knots at the top and the bottom and then long looped strings in the middle that you pull to tighten the corset.  You'll also have a lot more lace.
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Lacing a corset is not like lacing a shoe; such lacing pattern gives uneven and potentially damaging tension, so be careful! You can start at either top or bottom.
  
Either way, it's often wise to stop pulling before it's fully tight, let the wearer get used to it for half an hour or so, and then finish tightening.
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A good standard lace length is 4 metres (about 12 feet); but if you have two laces, you can start one at the bottom and one at the top, and have them meet in the middle. Tying them together can work, but there is always the possibility of the knot coming undone or loosening, which can compromise the snugness of the initial lacing.
  
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#Unless the corset is lined with a modesty panel, make sure the corset-wearer has something beneath the corset, to prevent the laces pinching.
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#Start by threading the lace through the top- or bottom-most pair of holes. At this time, the ends should come UP from the holes. Pull the laces even, and pull them slightly snug, but not tight.
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#Put the ends of the laces DOWN into the next pair of holes.
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#Put the ends of the laces UP into the next pair of holes.
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#Repeat steps 3 and 4. You should end up with X's, not V's.
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#You can lace all the way to the top/bottom (do not tighten yet!), and tie a double-knotted bow or a square knot.
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#Go back to the X that is positioned over the natural waist, usually the bottom of the ribcage.
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#Take hold of the loops and pull, letting your wearer 'settle' as the corset tightens. Settling refers to positioning the ribcage correctly (i.e. the contour of the ribs follows the contour of the corset) in the stays, and in the case of those who have them, adjusting the breasts.
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#Once 'settling' is done, tighten the corset. Tie a square knot with the loops when you are done. If you are into tight-lacing, you may let the wearer grow used to the initial tightness, before tightening more. However, the corset should not be painful at any time. A snug and dominating embrace of canvas and boning, is what a corset should generally feel like.
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==Other Tips==
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* While expensive, better results are always achieved with a custom-fitted corset. However, lacing any corset properly will ensure a better fit than the off-the-rack shoe-lacing.
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* If the wearer has large breasts and wishes the corset to replace a brassiere, an over-bust corset with substantial boning should be used. As well, usually a back-lacing corset works better for those with larger chests.
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* If one can bend the boning easily, it will probably not withstand the rigours of regular use. Likewise, the corset should be made of canvas or material of similar strength (many reputable corsetières use a layer of canvas between layers of more decorative fabrics such as silk brocade).
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== See also ==
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* [[Fetish fashion]]
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{{Corset}}
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Latest revision as of 13:34, 2 April 2016

A true Corset will always have the laces tightened at the natural waist (usually this is the bottom of the ribcage, for an hourglass corset). If yours has laces pulled tight at the top or bottom, it is a basque, or other designed top. The function of a corset is to make the waist smaller, and this cannot be achieved by straight lacing up or down. It makes no difference if your corset opens at the front or not.

If your corset is unlaced for whatever reason, and you are unsure of how to re-lace, then follow these instructions.

Lacing a corset is not like lacing a shoe; such lacing pattern gives uneven and potentially damaging tension, so be careful! You can start at either top or bottom.

A good standard lace length is 4 metres (about 12 feet); but if you have two laces, you can start one at the bottom and one at the top, and have them meet in the middle. Tying them together can work, but there is always the possibility of the knot coming undone or loosening, which can compromise the snugness of the initial lacing.

  1. Unless the corset is lined with a modesty panel, make sure the corset-wearer has something beneath the corset, to prevent the laces pinching.
  2. Start by threading the lace through the top- or bottom-most pair of holes. At this time, the ends should come UP from the holes. Pull the laces even, and pull them slightly snug, but not tight.
  3. Put the ends of the laces DOWN into the next pair of holes.
  4. Put the ends of the laces UP into the next pair of holes.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4. You should end up with X's, not V's.
  6. You can lace all the way to the top/bottom (do not tighten yet!), and tie a double-knotted bow or a square knot.
  7. Go back to the X that is positioned over the natural waist, usually the bottom of the ribcage.
  8. Take hold of the loops and pull, letting your wearer 'settle' as the corset tightens. Settling refers to positioning the ribcage correctly (i.e. the contour of the ribs follows the contour of the corset) in the stays, and in the case of those who have them, adjusting the breasts.
  9. Once 'settling' is done, tighten the corset. Tie a square knot with the loops when you are done. If you are into tight-lacing, you may let the wearer grow used to the initial tightness, before tightening more. However, the corset should not be painful at any time. A snug and dominating embrace of canvas and boning, is what a corset should generally feel like.

[edit] Other Tips

  • While expensive, better results are always achieved with a custom-fitted corset. However, lacing any corset properly will ensure a better fit than the off-the-rack shoe-lacing.
  • If the wearer has large breasts and wishes the corset to replace a brassiere, an over-bust corset with substantial boning should be used. As well, usually a back-lacing corset works better for those with larger chests.
  • If one can bend the boning easily, it will probably not withstand the rigours of regular use. Likewise, the corset should be made of canvas or material of similar strength (many reputable corsetières use a layer of canvas between layers of more decorative fabrics such as silk brocade).

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