How do I put on my corset?

Above you can watch a video of a Jupiter Moon 3 customer putting on her corset.  It's a very good example of how to lace, use your busk, tighten and tie your corset.

Below you will find instructions on how to lace your corset with and without a busk.

How to lace with a busk:

1. First, a lot of people don't know this, but if your laces are long enough, you do NOT need to untie and unlace the back if you have a busk.  To replace your laces, you can purchase double sided satin ribbon.  I ship my corsets with 5-6 yards of lacing, depending on the style.

2. Open up your corset by pulling the laces open as far as necessary to get the corset around you with some slack, or extra space. You can see in the video,  has opened it up pretty far in the back, so she has enough space to get in without squeezing into it. If you don't have enough room, I recommend getting longer laces, so you don't have to re-lace through those grommets every time you put your corset on.

3. Take the corset and wrap it around the back of your body, with the laces in the back. It should be very roomy so far. If it's still too tight at this point, it's bad for your busk!

4. Clip all of the hooks and eyes together on your busk. This is where step one comes in: It should NOT have any pressure on the hooks while clipping them together. If your corset is not open far enough in the back, and you try to clip it together with too much pressure on the busk, you can break a knob right off. The looser your corset is at this point, the better.

5. Once it is clipped together, reach around the back and pull at the two loops on either side. Pull it as much as you comfortably can, then work your way up and down to pull the laces even further.   I call this "ladder lacing." Climb those fingers up and down the ladder, pulling as you go.  NEVER pull them so tight where you feel any pain. Corsets should never be painful, and should never inhibit breathing. Don't worry though, after an hour or two, most people settle in to their corsets and can go tighter. It takes patience and perseverance.

6. When tightening, a properly fitted corset should have two parallel lines in the back, with an even gap all the way from top to bottom.

7. Once you're done, and you feel comfortably snug, tie your laces together in one big bow in the back. If you're strings are too long, you can take a handful of bow in each hand and tie them again into a bigger (yet shorter) bow.

8.  One more trick I use is this:  Remain standing.  Once your corset is laced and tied, grab the bottom of the corset in the front with both hands.  Suck your tummy in, and pull the front down.  This helps keep that belly in place, pulled up, and not hanging out the bottom.  Some people may still have a pooch under the corset, but this will help either way.

It takes practice, but it's very easy, once you get used to it! Don't fear the corset! Embrace it! Or better yet... let IT embrace YOU!

To take your corset off, loosen your laces in the back as much as possible.  You do not need to remove the laces completely, that's why the busk is so great!  Just loosen, then unhook the busk in the front.  Voila!

Caution!  Do not unclip your busk without first loosening the laces in the back!  If you do this, you risk snapping your busk, and this cannot be fixed!

If you have had to take the laces out of your corset, and need to know how to put them back in, please click here.


How to lace without a busk:

1.  Open your laces all the way.  You want the gap in the laces to be as big as you can get it.  Some corsets will have a big enough space in between so you can shimmy through without un-lacing your corset.  If you can't quite shimmy into it yet, untie the laces and un-lace just a few of the grommets, so you can open your corset more.

2.  Shimmy in.  You can step through and pull it up over your hips, or you can dive in head first.  Some people prefer one methof over the other, especially if they're wearing a skirt, or if they don't want to muss their hair.

     2-B: If you had to untie your corset, now is the time to re-lace those grommets and re-tie the                            knot/bow in the laces.

3.  Now that you're in, you can begin tightening.  Reach around the back and pull at the two loops on either side. Pull it as much as you comfortably can, then work your way up and down to pull the laces even further.   I call this "ladder lacing." Climb those fingers up and down the ladder, pulling as you go.  NEVER pull them so tight where you feel any pain. Corsets should never be painful, and should never inhibit breathing. Don't worry though, after an hour or two, most people settle in to their corsets and can go tighter. It takes patience and perseverance.

6. When tightening, a properly fitted corset should have two parallel lines in the back, with an even gap all the way from top to bottom.

7. Once you're done, and you feel comfortably snug, tie your laces together in one big bow in the back. If you're strings are too long, you can take a handful of bow in each hand and tie them again into a bigger (yet shorter) bow.

8.  One more trick I use is this:  Remain standing.  Once your corset is laced and tied, grab the bottom of the corset in the front with both hands.  Suck your tummy in, and pull the front down.  This helps keep that belly in place, pulled up, and not hanging out the bottom.  Some people may still have a pooch under the corset, but this will help either way.

It takes practice, but it's very easy, once you get used to it! Don't fear the corset! Embrace it! Or better yet... let IT embrace YOU!

If you have had to take the laces out of your corset, and need to know how to put them back in, please click here.
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