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Corset Journey: Seasoning, Days 3, 4, 6, 8, 9

Hello, readers,

I’ve been very bad about seasoning my corset recently. I ended up skipping a bunch of days here and there. On the bright side, I have had someone both help me lace up my corset and take pictures of my progress any time I have worn it. Anyway, here is my status update. (This is my made-to-measure (petite) Josephine corset in black satin from Isabella Corsetry.)

Day 3

32"

32″

Day 4

Slightly under 32"

Slightly under 32″

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Day 6

31"

31″

At this point, I stopped doing the strict 2-2-2 method and tried a reduction of three inches from when I put the corset loosely on. Everything felt totally fine, so I decided to keep slowly trying to tighten it day by day.

Day 8

31"

31″

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I was really surprised that I got down to 31″ again. I had just eaten a really big meal, and I had skipped a day since last putting this corset on, but it felt super comfortable at 31 inches. (It was exactly as comfortable as it was worn at 34 inches, which is what the 2-2-2 method would have suggested for today… Yeah, it was a very big dinner.)

Day 9

30.5"

30.5″

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I originally tried to get down to 30″ today, but that felt too tight and uncomfortable. 30.25″ was good, but it widened slightly to 30.5″ as we tried to make sure that the back two channels with the grommets were parallel. I’m very surprised at the side view, because it doesn’t look as drastic as I thought it would. Wearing this corset, I don’t feel any pressure on my sides, instead I justĀ  mostly feel like it’s squishing in the front of my stomach/ribs area and pressing a bit on my back. However, the front view shows a dramatic change, but the side view doesn’t. Or, at least, not yet. I just thought that was something I should point out as I found it surprising that the pressure directions don’t necessarily match the reduction directions.

Lastly, wearing jeans with a corset over top is really annoying, especially because most of my jeans are slightly too big to begin with. They keep trying to slide out from underneath the corset, and they feel really weird when I’m sitting because they aren’t sitting right on me. Comfy pajama pants are far superior.

Stay consistent,

Raven

Corset Journey: Seasoning, Days 1 and 2 (First Corset!)

Hello, readers,

This post is about something that isn’t lolita-specific, although it can be applied to and used with lolita. It’s a corset! Whoo!

I’ve wanted a proper corset for ages, and I finally ordered one at the beginning of this semester. This isn’t going to be a review, because I don’t have enough experience with corsets to say anything with authority, but I will go over my ordering experience.

I ordered a made-to-measure (petite) Josephine corset in black satin from Isabella Corsetry. I placed the order on September 30, and it shipped on November 13. I knew going in that it would take 4-6 weeks for her to make my corset and ship it, but I also think that there were a few delays because of Halloween being in the middle of that time frame. Anyway, Isabella was always very nice whenever I had a question and she always responded promptly to inquiries made from the “contact us” button on her website.

She used two-day shipping with USPS, and the postman tried to deliver it when I was out. Because I needed to sign for it, I had to go to the post office and pick it up on Monday. The postal worker was very nice and told me to be careful when opening my package because it had been dented along the way, particularly if I was expecting to get something fragile. Since the dent wasn’t too bad and a corset is mostly fabric, I was only worried about whether it had gotten wet.

 

Lo and behold! She had shipped it wrapped in plastic, so it would have been protected even if the box had gotten wet, and she put in a couple of packing air bubble things so that it wouldn’t get jostled too badly during the trip.

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She included some instructions, too.

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As delivered

Unfolded, flat

Unfolded, flat

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Unfolded, inside

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Sewn-in modesty panel

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Unfolded, outside

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The inside of the corset, along the waist tape, is exactly 26 inches when laced closed.

I’m really happy with this corset. Ignore the weird colors that my camera makes this corset look; the whole thing is black. It feels very sturdy and well-made. It feels proportionate to my body when I put it on, but for now I have to assume that it will fit me correctly when laced closed. I don’t want to rush into things and try and squeeze myself ~5 inches smaller immediately. There will be updates on the fit as I wear it more.

The satin is very nice in person, but it looks very weird with my camera. Anyway, you might be able to see that some of the seams overlap a little bit into the channels. I personally like that because those areas of the corset are going to get a lot of wear, and this sort of thing makes that seam stronger than if there were just a single point of stress. If you were to order a corset from Isabella Corsetry, the channel seams would probably be like this. When worn, you really cannot notice it, so the little bit of overlap is well-done.

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I am currently seasoning this corset using the 2-2-2 method. So, for two weeks, I’m going to wear my corset for two hours a day, cinched down two inches. As of writing this, I’ve done this two days, and it’s really very comfortable. I don’t feel restrained at all, and my back has even been hurting less because I’m forced to have better posture when wearing my corset.

Anyway, here are the pictures from Day 1. (Please excuse the fact that I am shamelessly taking pictures in my roommate’s bedroom.)

I know, this is such a flattering T-shirt to wear as in my "before" shot.

I know, this is such a flattering shirt to wear in my “before” shot.

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Put loosely on

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34.5 inches to start, worn loosely

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Tightened to 32.5 inches

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I have lots of hip room right now. I expect this corset to start fitting better after a few days.

Now here are some bad, super-cropped pictures from Day 2.

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I’ll try and get someone to help with these pictures from now on. (At least I’m in my own room this time!)

The next update will probably be in a week or so, around Day 8.

Stay beautiful,

Raven