- Make sure you have your corset the right way up. You will know this by the lacing knot being at the bottom two grommets at the center back.
- Have your corset unlaced as open as possible. You do not want to put any strain on the knob and hooks of the busks when you’re trying to get into it. Remember, if you have the corset wrapped around your waist, the busk loops are on the right of the corset and knobs on the left of the corset.
- Be sure that your corset is not worn against the skin; use a cotton bamboo liner, tee-shirt or whatever is convenient for you at this time. This eliminates the need to dry clean your corset often.
- Loop the hooks and knobs starting from the middle knob and hook. You do not need a lacing maid to help you into your corset, but they are often handy if your happen to have mobility issues or shorter arms.
- Starting from the rabbit ears of the ribbon lacing at the waist line at the center back; you will gently pull on the laces in even formation. You want to keep the lacing lines parallel up and down. Tie the rabbit ears into a bow, not a knot. If you happen to tie it in to a knot, be prepared to be cut out of it and purchase 6 yards of double sided 5/8” ribbons to replace the lacing ribbons.
- Give your body and the corset some time to adapt to one another. Close the corset in several steps – not too tight, your comfort is most important when breaking in a new corset. After some time, you will realize that you can further tighten the lacing comfortably. This preserves not only your body but also your corset. The orientation is always the well-being of the corset wearer. NEVER EVER lace a corset forcefully, you risk breaking your corset and repairs are expensive where possible.
- Never take your corset off without loosening the laces in the back first!!! You could break your busk if you try to unhook it while it’s lace tight. A corset holds in a LOT of pounds of pressure, and if you unhook your busk with all that pressure it can break, ruining your corset. Keep your corset a happy camper! Always untie the corset and loosen the laces before unhooking the busk or unzipping the center front (for those with a zipper closure). A busk/zipper makes life easier getting into and out of a corset but it is not unbreakable. Baby your corset and it will last you for years to come.
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