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Waist Training with Orchard Corsets

I know what you are thinking, "Why is she posting a picture of a burrito on a post about corsets?" Well, although this LOOKS like a burrito, it is actually how a corset from Orchard Corset arrives.  I was incredibly busy the day that my corset arrived, so this was the only way I was able to get a picture of the pretty packaging before ripping it open.

As soon as I got the package out of the mailbox I was completely astounded by how heavy it is!  I don't have a lot of experience with foundation garments, but my only other corset I have owned was not even half the weight of this one.  This corset has real steel bones, so it can be used for waist training.

What is waist training?  It is the process of slowly, and gently, reducing your waist to a smaller than natural size.

I know what you are thinking: "Why does that corset fit her so terribly?" 

Because apparently corsets are like cast iron pans, and you must season them.  You can't just put it on when you get it and start wearing it 8 hours a day.  You must work up to it, a few hours at a time and by gently lacing yourself in, not tight lacing right away.  If you lace it up tightly you can damage both yourself and your corset.  

Also, when you buy a corset for the purpose of waist training, you buy it a number of inches smaller than your actually waist, more of a goal waist.  When you get the corset completely laced up, eventually, you need the hips and underbust/ribcage to fit into the corset, so until you get closer to that point, the top and bottom kind of flare out.  

Please excuse the disgusting mirror.  My son likes to play in the water while he washes his hands, so it is always splattering up on the mirror.  And in all honesty, I don't wash the mirror much!

NEVER EVER tie your corset like the above picture.  The sides should always be parallel, or you risk damaging the steel boning.

This is the proper way to have it laced, slowly getting down to being able to close the corset, over the course of months.

The most surprising thing about wearing the corset was how comfortable it is.  I really anticipated that it would be fairly miserable, at least until I was used to it, but its not.  It provides so much support for your back, that it is actually more uncomfortable taking it off than putting it on.  It is kind of difficult to get laced up, and my arms got really tired the first couple of times I put it on.   I have really bad posture, and it is funny that when I wear it it is uncomfortable to slouch, and much more comfortable to sit up straight and tall. 

It is a little bit harder for me to wear it as long as I am supposed to, because, due to the steel boning, corsets are not supposed to get wet, and my baby spits up a lot and is a dribbly eater, so I try not to feed her while wearing it.  Seasoning is taking longer for me than it is supposed to.  

My corset is a CS-426 short, in satin.  If you are interested in buying a corset, you can talk to a sizing expert who will help you pick the corset style that will fit your measurements.

Orchard Corsets provided me with a corset free of charge in exchange for sharing my waist training experience with my readers.  All opinions are my own.


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