Congratulations! You have just joined a very special "club" of ROMANTASY customers and individuals around the world who recognize and appreciate the elegance of modern-day corseting! No matter the reason for your interest in this fine garment, you will enjoy many days of pleasure while wearing it.
To maximize the pleasure of your corseting experience, please consider the following.
Always remember to unloosen the ties before
you don your corset, or try to unsnap the front busk at the middle
stud, to take the corset off. If you do not, you risk "popping" off
one of the front snaps, a pricey repair that some other corsetmakers
will not even undertake (please ask; one of our team members will
most likely accommodate this kind of repair).
Corsets are delivered with garters attached and laced up the back with two long loops at the waist located roughly midway between top and bottom. As you will have a corset that is between two and four inches smaller than your normal waist size, first loosen the lacing at the back until there is a gap of about 3-4 inches. Put the corset around you
preferably not next to bare skin to
protect your corset. Consider
CorPro (inquire if this garment is
in production; otherwise purchase an
inexpensive very tight microfiber
tube top of chemise as a substitute) sculpted tube top made to
fit your corset; wash that and not
your valuable corset. A very snug
microfiber chemise will also work
well, and fasten the front busk at one of the two middle snaps. Do not start at the top or bottom snap, or your task will become quite onerous!
If you have a separate panel of fabric (not all corsets have this) to cushion the eyelets, place it underneath the back lacing before you start to tighten them.
To assist you to close the corset, exhale and contract your tummy inwards as you fasten the middle snap. Use this process in reverse to take the corset off. Always remember to unloosen the ties before you try to unsnap the front busk at the middle snap. If you do not, you risk "popping" off one of the front snaps.
You should be
sure and use the 'lean-pull' process
to properly seat the waistline.
Midway through lacing, lean to one
side and gently tug downward the
opposite bottom hem of the corset
and reverse. This lengthens the
torso when you stand up and also
creates more space between the
lowest rib and pelvic bone for the
narrow part to lace even narrower.
Men should be sure to place the
waistline where they want it; a male
waist is about at the bellybutton or
lower, a female waistline is about
one inch above the bellybutton.
Further, if you see any tendency of
the corset front busk to go out of
vertical, or to torque on the body,
do not continue lacing but open up
the laces, take the corset off, and
start again. Never let a corset
torque and stay that way on one
wearing occasion, as it will tend to
form and stay that way permanently!
Dressing By Yourself
If you have no one to help you get into your corset, and you also have a separate panel of fabric to cover the eyelets, bend over, place the panel in the middle of your back, drape the corset with the laces over the panel, then stand up and fasten it.
To close the
corset we recommend our
which secures on a
door handle and will not allow the
lacing ribbons to slip off, often a
dangerous risk if you merely place
the ribbons over the door handle
without more. Slowly jiggle your
feet and inch them forward, using
both free hands to reach around back
and work at pulling each criss-cross
in turn bottom to waist, then top to
waist and take up the slack each
time. Tie off the ribbons at the
waist and tuck the bow and ends up
under the bottom hem of your corset
for a neat, finished effect (and to
avoid certain wetness upon trips to
the lady's or men's lounges!).
You can also take the loops in your hands and bend your elbows back (as a chicken's wings would appear). Then draw the laces over the front of your arm at the elbow and lower arm. Slowly draw the strings forward in a fluid motion to tighten the corset. Then tie a bow at the center back or front of the corset.
click here to see a diagram of simple back lacing and further information.
A client sent
us this fascinating webpage by Ian:
The first two he mentions are
perhaps the most common methods for
corset wearers, and the two methods
that we feature. You may see many
other ways to lace shoes that might
also be applied to your corset. Just
try some and see which you prefer,
since there truly is no single
"right" or "wrong" way to lace.
How Your New Corset Should Fit
View photographs and description
of how your new corset should fit at
the upper and lower perimeters and
on your bosom if an overbust style.
On no account should you try to lace the corset closed, or even very tightly on the first several wearings. As you lace down, measure your waist to see that it has not been reduced on the outside of the corset any more than about 1 1/2 inches for the first four times you wear it. This is because corsets need "breaking in time". After a while they mold to your body shape and the material takes the strain of waist reduction evenly. Placing too much pressure on the corset at the outset may damage the fabric or "pop" stitches. In addition, it may cause you discomfort and a negative feeling toward your beautiful new garment. Remember that moderation is the catch word here!
Wear the corset
about 2-4 hours the first time, and
for several times thereafter. After
that, you should extend the hours of
wear to 6 or 8 for several times
more, before you tighten the corset.
when you are ready, lace down 1/2"
and drop your hours of wear back to
2-3 hrs for several times. Continue
this pattern until you reach your
desired reduction, or until the
corset fabric and boning eases and
begins to sculpt to your body. There
is no set time or tightness that we
can recommend since these are
matters of judgment for you to make,
once you consider our advice.
To speed up the
seasoning process for a new corset,
you may split wearing for 2 hrs,
into morning wear, and late evening
wear. Never sleep in a new corset
however. To continue with serious
waist training early or late in the
seasoning process, you may want to
sleep with a 2-3" wide
Training Belt (Note: as of 2011
this Belt is not offered by
ROMANTASY) snugly fit over
When corsets are damaged, it is almost always through excessive force applied too soon. During the early stages of breaking in a corset, if laced too tightly, even a sneeze may destroy the front busk stitching. If you have a burning desire to wear your new corset every day, you might consider ordering another corset right away. Several corsets worn in sequence can well last many years with each one maintained in excellent shape.
At no time should your corset feel uncomfortable or painful. You should feel a pleasant "hugging" sensation and enjoy excellent posture. Always lace down just less than you feel you can tolerate or prefer, so that you will continue to look forward to wearing your corset. For effective, long-term waist reduction, the goal is to be able to comfortably wear the corset snugly laced for longer and longer periods of time, not very tightly laced for only a few minutes.
Maximizing the Pleasure
We suggest that on the day that you anticipate wearing your garment, you eat and drink lightly, avoiding fats, sugars and carbohydrates.
Minimize the amount you drink of champagne or other carbonated
beverages. Choose fruit juices, salads, and cooked or canned fruits and vegetables. Never bolt down food or overeat just before or after you have put your corset on, because you risk severe stomach cramping upon its removal.
Coupled with a healthy diet, daily or every-other-day wearing of your corset and exercise, many wearers experience permanent waist reduction and weight loss. The corset can therefore be an effective adjunct to a
weight control program. Because it will be made for a smaller waist, you can continue to wear it for many months or sometimes years, even if you do lose weight after you begin corseting.
For effective, long-term waist reduction, the goal is to be able to comfortably wear the corset snugly laced for longer and longer periods of time. The goal is not to lace tightly but only tolerate it for a few minutes at a time.
If you want maximum waist reduction for a particular occasion, put the corset on several hours in advance of that time, but at a very loose level. Every 30 minutes tighten it slightly until you are at a desired but comfortable reduction. If you plan to wear your corset under a wedding dress, remember to order in time for delivery
before your dress is altered, and in time for at least two weeks of practice before your wedding date.
Cleaning and Care
Your CorPro (inquire if this
garment is in production; otherwise
purchase an inexpensive very tight
microfiber tube top of chemise as a
substitute) will protect your corset
from excessive perspiration and
minimize cleaning of it. The less
you clean your corset the longer it
will last and look beautiful. Test
on an inside binding or lining, then
if no fading almost any fabric
including silk, can be spot cleaned
by lightly rubbing plain alcohol on
the spot, but do not soak. Do this
several times, brushing the surface
of the corset fabric with an
alcohol-dampened tea towel.
Most corsets should be dry cleaned.
ask first if your
corset can be hand washed, and
follow your manufacturer's advice.
Never, ever machine wash or dry a
corset! We will provide detailed
instructions to our clients on how
to hand wash (if possible; brocades
and silks should always be dry
cleaned) to minimize the chance of
rust on the spring steel busk and
boning (stainless steel is not a
choice for corsets since it is so
inflexible), which risk cannot be
avoided. The secret is to dry your
corset within about 2-4 hrs. and
never let it remain wet all night.
Use a hair dryer or fan blowing on
it and/or hang in open doorway or
high up over a heater vent in
winter. Turn corset inside out
several times to hasten drying. This
will not guarantee against rust,
however. If you do see rust, apply a
drop of Whisk, or other fabric-safe
rust remover (available at most
Never expose it
to sunlight to dry, as it may fade.
If washing a corset you may use a
soft toothbrush very lightly to
remove stubborn stains. Towel the
corset dry and treat it as you would
a fine cashmere sweater. You may
hang a wet corset over a plastic
hanger to dry, but never over a
metal hanger because of the risk of
rust. Again, we urge extreme
caution, and rapidity of drying any
corset you have been advised can be
washed. The best decision remains to
dry clean your valuable corset.
When planning on wearing your corset and until you are an "old hand", add an extra 30 minutes to your dressing time. Check to be certain you are putting garter straps back on a corset in the proper direction to attach stockings, or you will have to do the task twice! Garter ribbons should point toward the center busk, or toward the back laces of the corset.
Also you might wish to step into and buckle boots or shoes on before
you corset, since leaning forward is not easy and in any case, not
advisable (you may tend to pop off the waistline stud on the busk,
or even weaken or snap the busk).
For the Enjoyment
A little known fact regarding corsets is that men as well as women have enjoyed the benefits of corseting for years. A hundred years ago most ladies wore fairly tightly laced corsets. However, Army officers in the Crimean War were also regular users of corsets as were many Frenchmen. Roussell was a famous French firm making corsets to measure for men. They had an imposing retail store on Regent Street in London from Edwardian times until about 1960. Their windows always showed a full range of men's corsets. They closed because rents and rates made business difficult, not because of lack of business. Gentlemen customers of ROMANTASY are more fortunate to have a continuing source of fine quality garments to enjoy!
If you ever have any questions regarding the care or wearing of your new corset, do not hesitate to
contact us at ROMANTASY. We have many years of personal experience in corseting (our owner owns
70 corsets from 14 companies at last count!) and we have fitted over
7000 men and women with custom garments.
Again, congratulations on your elegant new garment, and do let us hear from you regarding your corseting experiences.