|Proprietress Autumn Adamme|
Dark Garden Bespoke "Sweetheart" Corset
Photo © Perry Gallagher
Your new Dark Garden corset should fit you well from the get-go. Don't worry about "seasoning" your new corset, be it Ready-to-Wear, Personalized Made-to-Order, or Bespoke, to make it fit. Your new corset should lace to a gap of 2-3", with the ribs and hips just flush against the sides of your body, and a comfortable compression at the waist. If you are "seasoning" your corset with only the waist actually touching your body, you may as well just be wearing a belt! Part of the reason to train with a corset instead of a belt is that you support your guts while you make your waist more pliable.
If you train too far without this support for your belly, you will encourage that below the waist bulge that very few people like. Additionally, wearing your corsets with a too-wide gap strains the bones at the back of the corset and can cause them to twist in their channels or warp the fabric.
|Dark Garden "Cincher"|
Model: Nicole Simone
Photo © Joel Aron
Here at Dark Garden, we do have an organic process of "breaking in" our corsets. It is a much more relaxed process than the "seasoning" espoused by many. The nuance in vernacular seems defined by common use, different methods to achieve the same goal.
- Simply lace your corset as tight as you find comfortable.
- Leave it on as long as you can, going about the sorts of activities you expect to experience while wearing your corset in the long run.
- Do this as often as is practical.
- If you're waist training, this will seamlessly translate to wearing your corset at its designated 2" gap on a daily basis.
- In other words, just wear your corset, but don't overlace.
|Dark Garden Bespoke "Cut Out Victorian"|
Model: Anneka Quellhorst
Photo © Edward Saenz / Ultravolta Photography
Breaking in a corset should not be the mechanism that makes it fit. Breaking in a corset makes it more comfortable to wear, especially for longer periods of time.
|Dark Garden "Grable" corset|
Photo © Joel Aron