Q.1. How do I start lacing down?
A. There is no scientific answer to your
we provide more detailed instructions with delivery of
However, please consider the following.
in general we recommend you start wearing a brand new
corset only two to three
hours at a time, at a waist reduction of 2-3" from your
natural waist measurement. Remember that any corset will
add from 3/4" to 1.25" to your girth, so you will actually
be less under the corset than what you measure on top of
Increase your hours of wear by pairs for 3 to 5 days, building
up to 10 hrs. of continuous wear before you lace down about 1/2" and drop back
to build up in hours again. After about 15 to 20 wearings
your corset will be reasonably "seasoned" of "broken in",
after which you may sleep in the corset. Never sleep in it
until then because of the risk of permanently torquing
or twisting the front busk and/or boning.
Q.2. How do I clean my corset?
A. We recommend dry cleaning by a reputable
is familiar with cleaning expensive bridal gowns, however with care, some
corsets may be hand-washed (but never --
or exceedingly carefully-- machine washed, and never, ever
Remember that boning and busks are typically
not stainless steel, and thus subject to rust if the
nylon coating cracks. In addition, washing two different
kinds of fabrics can result in one shrinking at a different
level from the other, resulting in an unsightly appearance
even if no functional difference is involved.
A repeated light brushing of rubbing alcohol will clean
some soiled spots, and wearing any corset over a tight tube top
will prevent soiling from body perspiration and oils. The less
you clean a corset by any method, the longer it will remain
lovely and in good condition.
Hand-washing requires careful attention. We recommend
washing a corset as you do a fine cashmere sweater using
fine quality lingerie soap and cold water, but
drying it extremely rapidly and within 2 to 4 hrs. to
avoid the appearance of rust. Drug stores carry
fabric-safe rust removing
liquids, so always keep a bottle on hand in case rust
shows on the busk stud area, or along the boning
casings. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee against the
appearance of rust. Thus you may want to delay
hand-washing a fine corset for many years, until it
becomes an older corset in your collection. Then you
might not be disappointed by the appearance of rust.
Q.3. After the second day laced up in my new custom
corset I sneezed and couldn't get the corset loosened in
time before I did. Needless to
say, I need a slight repair job already, because some
stitches in a seam on the right hip area popped. It's entirely my
fault. How much would repairs be and when can I send it
A. I'm so sorry to hear bad news, but it's not unheard of
for seam stitching to come loose or even the stud on
the busk to fly off with a precipitous, large sneeze. The
damage can most likely be repaired at moderate cost.
We advise about this danger in our Wear and Care
Instructions sent with new corsets, and suggest that you
restrain or avoid sneezes when you can.
It's crucial that you not wear your
corset until you repair the problem, making
the best decision you can as to cost versus the nature
of the proper "fix" and whether purchasing an entirely
new corset might be the better way to go.
Sometimes you may be able to make a credible temporary
repair using heavy upholstery thread to overstitch and secure
the split seam.
It may not be noticeable or all that important
on a foundation corset worn underneath clothing. If you
wish an invisible repair, then likely we will have to
do that for you.
If in the future after some wear and tear, you may wish a
more substantial repair of the seam, and refurbishment
of your corset including shortening bones, replacing
binding, adding outside bone casings. Let us know so we can schedule a team
member for those purposes. Typically you will enter the
normal production queue. Repair or
refurbishment will likely never be as expensive as a new
Q.4. When a skirt or dress is worn under a corset,
should it have a waist band in the traditional sense,
or should it be made to fit lower down on the top of the
A. Either one, the latter being called a "dropped waist
skirt." However, you must consider the nature of the
Sometimes a "normal" waist band in a
readymade skirt made to encircle your unreduced waist
size, will crinkle and gather as you lace a corset down
on top, since the skirt is made to fit your normal
waist size and not your reduced waist size.
Sometimes gathered skirts or drawstrings at the top
edge work far better because the size will reduce
according to how far you lace down your corset.
Pencil slim skirts never seem to work well with a
corset, unless you are pencil thin with no tummy. A soft
fabric A-line skirt will work well with a corset,
and often any gathers as you lace down will not be that
disruptive to your over all "look," however, crisper
fabrics (heavy satins) don't work well with a corset,
unless you have the waistline tailored down to your
reduced waist size (at least 1" less than your normal
waist). Some clients do tailor their skirts, if they
corset a lot. I find that gathered skirts work best
for me as do skirts and dresses made of lighter weight
Q.5. How do I disguise my corset when worn underneath my
A. Clothing must be accommodated to disguise corsets.
Corsets are somewhat thick adding from 3/4" to
1.25" to your waistline.
You may wear one or two t-shirts, a slip, or a
chemise/cami over the corset, pull control top
pantyhose over the bottom edge, wear your shirts or
blouses looser, avoid spandex or tight lycra garments,
and order a fully custom corset that hugs the natural
contours of your body.
Unique accommodations have been designed. Two clever
French clients designed a carved foam rubber and attached it to
it to a waist band to wear under their male business
fill in the waistline gap created by lacing down.
Perhaps you can do the same.
Another solution is to avoid daytime corset wear and
opt for sleeping in your corset after it is
well seasoned. Finally, if anyone sees or suspects you
wear a corset, or happens to hug you or clap you on the
back and feel the stiffness of it, just mention that
you are wearing a back brace for support and relief of