Seasoning Your Corset (the myths!)

Today I’m going to be talking about seasoning
your corset, or not seasoning your corset, as the case may be. Now, I’ve been in the corsetry industry for
nearly 25 years now, and I only found out about seasoning in the last 10 years and there
is a bit of a running joke between corsetieres who’d been around for a long time who are
like, “Well seasoning, that’s for your food, isn’t it? You don’t season your corset, you season your
food.” And actually if you go to the great restaurants
then you shouldn’t have to season your food because the chef will have already seasoned
it and it should be ready to go. And that’s where we’re trying to get to with
corsets. If you have a good fitting corset from the
start, which it should be, you shouldn’t need to season it. It should be good to go from the start. The reason I’m not a member of any corset
groups on Facebook is because there are so many people posting images of themselves in
a new corset that they’ve purchased, and it’s either, there’s a huge gap at the back, or
there’s … you know, it’s gaping usually at the hip and the rib and they’re asking,
you know, does it fit? And everyone’s like, “Yeah, when it’s seasoned
it will be fine. And it’s like, “No, no, no, it will not be
fine when it seasons.” And I remember a few years ago the corsetiere
Fakir Musafar, he was a member of our group for a while and he was great fun, and he … you
just get a caustic comment like, “It’s too small.” Or, “It’s too big.” Whereas everyone else was like, “Hey girl,
you look great, it will be fine when it season.” No, no, it won’t be fine. So at What Katie Did, when you buy a corset
from us, we make a variety of different shapes. For example, we have our Zita, which is designed
for a more androgynous figure, and is cut very close to the rib and is cut very close
to the hip. So although the hip size might be similar
to that of our Morticia, if you look at the photographs, you’ll see that for the Zita
the hip actually goes straight down. So for me, I’ve got more of an hourglass figure
and because the corset finishes mid hip, my thigh keep going out underneath the bottom
of the corset. Whereas with the Zita, the Zita was more of
a box shape, so it goes straight down underneath. I knew we do put the measurements for our
corset, it’s not … I’ll put them up here to show you where to find them. We show mid hip, waist, and also the length
of the corset under each product description. So you can compare it with your own measurements
and try and work out which one is best for you. If you have any questions after taking your
measurements, please get in touch and we’ll be able to give you a second opinion. Currently we have four different styles of
corsets. We do a standard version and an extreme version,
and the extreme version is basically a curvier style of the standard version. We have the Zita which I’ve mentioned before,
which is for a more androgynous figure. Then we have the Luna which is a shorter version
so you don’t have to worry so much about the rib and the hip with that one because it’s
shorter, and it fits all kinds of body types. We have our Morticia, which is one of our
most famous styles and this has more room on the rib and it flares out more on the hip
and we’ve just launched our new Vamp, and this is a super curvy style so it’s slightly
bigger hips and it fits closer to the rib than our Morticia. So you need to have a look at the measurements
and try and work out which one suits you the best. We shot our model Sugar Rush in our new Vamp
corset and it looks absolutely amazing and it fits like a glove. And this came straight out of the box. It’s the standard size 20, it wasn’t made
for her, she hadn’t tried it before the shoot. Obviously we worked … well I’ve worked with
her before and I know her figure type and I know she looks amazing in corsets, but until
you put it on you really don’t know if it’s going to be 100% right and with her this was
… this just looked absolutely amazing on her. If you were to put on a corset like this and
look as good as Sugar Rush, then you need to ask yourself what your aims are. Now if you’re going to wear your corset a
few times a month to go out for special occasions or under a certain outfit, then this will
be perfect for you because it already looks amazing and it fits well and it feels comfortable. If you are going to waist train in it, you
wouldn’t have a huge amount of room to pull the corset in, you could pull it in a couple
of inches, so once you’ve got used to it, you could pull it in a couple of inches and
get a slightly more dramatic shape. By pulling it in a too couple of inches you’ll
not going to affect the rib or hip very much at all, so you don’t have to worry about bulging
at the top or the bottom. So you do have some way, some leeway, making
it tighter. The only way I’d go smaller than this would
be if you were a larger person, which means you’re going to squish more easily than Sugar
who’s wearing a size 20, and in that case I might consider going down a size, but I
wouldn’t go down any smaller than that. Really, this is a perfect fit on her. She had … she has the room to make it slightly
smaller or slightly bigger and it’s perfect, so if you’re going to be wearing a corset
a few times a month or a couple of times a week even. It just looks amazing on her. If we take a look at her in the extreme corset,
if you look very closely you’ll be able to see that it’s gaping very, very slightly on
the rib and this is because we haven’t been able to get the waist small enough. Her waist is resisting. So this is where waist training comes into
play. Now, if she was looking at waist training
and wearing her corset every day, then I’d suggest going for this corset, because after
a few weeks, after her body has adapted, she’d be able to pull it in more, and the corset
would soften, and the slight gap on the rib cage would pull in. If she was looking at wearing it as a fashion
corset, just on occasion, then I’d say stick with the standard style. So really you’d only be looking at getting
away with a gap like this on the rib cage if you were looking at waist training on a
daily basis. This is why I don’t believe in seasoning because
we are … the seasoning really is the icing on a cake on the corset. The cake is the actual corset and the cake
has to be as good as you can get it before you even worry about the icing. So when you look at Sugar Rush in the extreme
Vamp, then you’ll be thinking, “Well, that looks fine already.” It’s literally that little 5%, which is where
the seasoning or breaking in comes into play is where the corset softens a little, it molds
slightly to your body, and you get used to it and your body gets used to it and you can
just make that tiny bits of amendments. Other corsetieres often say that you need
to try on your corset loosely. Now with us, the opposite is true. We want you to try it on tightly. So with Sugar Rush with that Vamp, that’s
… we put it on straight, we put it on tight, and for shooting it, she’s in it for like
20 minutes and if you came to our boutique, you try it on, we’d let you sit down and make
sure we can bend over and move around in it and it was comfortable after 10 minutes, but
we wouldn’t expect you to be wearing it eight hours a day like that. When you purchase a corset, you need to try
it on at home and look at it closely, try it on tightly and see if you are happy with
the fit. Now when you try it on at home or in a changing
room or for shoots, you will lace it tightly, but we wouldn’t expect you to wear it that
tightly all day from day one. So breaking in your corset or seasoning it’s
… well not really about the corset, it’s about you. So once you’ve tried it on and you’re happy
with the fit, and you tried it on tightly and you’re happy that it’s not got any major
gaping or the gap’s fine at the back, then when you actually start wearing it, you’ll
wear it looser. Corsets should be comfortable, and when you
wear a new corset they do take a bit of breaking in and they do need a bit of softening up. And if your body’s not used to it, you will
have to build up gradually. And this is what we call breaking in. It’s not about seasoning the corset really,
it’s about seasoning you, because you’re the important part of it. So once you’ve tried it on tightly, then the
first few times you wear it, you will be wearing it more loosely. And the worst thing you can do is try it on
in a changing room, try it on super tight, wear it under a dress that fits like a glove,
and not being able to loosen it, because the first few times you need to wear it, or even
the first couple of months if you’re waist training, you do need to have access to be
able to loosen your corset if you have to. For example, if you’re sitting for a long
time, if you’re traveling, if you’re eating, there might be a time where you feel uncomfortable
and you need to loosen it quite quickly. So it’s about getting used to your body in
a corset. It’s not about seasoning the corset, it’s
about seasoning yourself and adjusting to how a corset feels. If you have any questions about breaking in
your corset, or have any queries, please let me know below and I’ll get back to you. So take care.

5 thoughts on “Seasoning Your Corset (the myths!)

  1. I've always understood seasoning as getting the corset to soften up and mould to your shape. It won't look better, but it will feel better. This won't remedy an ill fitting corset but it will make a good one feel amazing. Whether it's the corset loosening up, or the body getting acclimated, or a bit of both, my corsets have all felt better after a short period of breaking in.

  2. I wish I had known this when I bought my vamp. I'dve gotta a different size than what I ordered.

    Thanks for posting this! It's definitely a big misconception

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