Friday, June 19, 2015

On Waist Training with Dark Garden Corsets


This post was originally written on MissDarkGarden.Tumblr.com, as part of Autumn's Daily Corset Posts series.

I was recently asked to provide some bite-sized information on waist training, including what type of garment is best suited. What follows is more than a bite or two, but easily digestible at one sitting.
Dark Garden Bespoke "Underbust Victorian"
in Peach Fireworks Brocade Coutil
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Chris Gaede
Many things can be used to train the waist, but none is better than a shapely corset. Corsets reduce the waist by compressing the waistline, but also comfortably supporting the ribs and hips. Some “waist trainers” being sold simply compress the whole mid-section, a far less comfortable approach, as this squeezes the ribs, resulting in the notorious inability to breathe. In addition, many waist trainers are stretchy and have no boning, which means they have the potential to roll up into a small band: uncomfortable, and liable to create unsightly bulges above and below the waistline. Well-made corsets are supported with steel boning, which keeps the length of the corset consistent, no matter how snugly the corset is pulled.

Dark Garden "Cincher"
in Signature Collection Red Silk Satin
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
Waist training works by gradually reducing the areas of the body that are being compressed. This is another reason why it’s important to have a garment that is shapely and fits you well. Some people believe you can “season” a corset into fitting by starting out with something that is large for the ribs and hips, but only snug at the waist. This has the potential of not only intestinal discomfort, but training the organs down into the lower abdominal region, since in that situation there would be no support. A corset that is comfortably snug over the hips and tummy can actually create a flatter stomach than the wearer starts out with.

To make progress, frequent, comfortably snug wear is more superior to infrequent, very tight lacing. It’s very much like results from exercise and diet - the better your habits are, the more progress you make. Likewise, as soon as you go off your program, your results begin to diminish. There is not a hard or fast rule about how much you have to wear a corset to make progress, but again, like exercise, if you do it once a week, your progress will be less than if you wear it moderately for a little while every day, or even every other day. That said, even once a week will get you more progress than never starting!

Dark Garden "Valentine"
in Signature Collection Red Silk Satin
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Most people are able to begin with a standard-sized corset before eventually graduating to wanting a custom or bespoke corset. The majority of waist trainers use an underbust corset on a daily basis, but some women with fuller bustlines are very happy to have the bust support of well-made overbust corsets as well.
Dark Garden "Corselette"
in Signature Collection Black Lace Overlay
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
At Dark Garden, we developed our unique ready-to-wear corset patterns after years of making exclusively custom sized corsets, and put the information we gathered there into creating some of the shapeliest, most comfortable corsets available anywhere. We continue to refine our patterns, and add styles as needed. With us, most waist trainers begin with our Cincher or our Cupid, a more shapely underbust corset. Those that are shorter waisted or just want a nip at the waist enjoy wearing the Corselette or Waspie. Many eventually go on to have a bespoke Underbust Victorian or Underbust Edwardian custom fit to their body via exhaustive measurements and multiple mock-up fittings.

Dark Garden Bespoke "Underbust Victorian"
in Peach Fireworks Brocade Coutil
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Chris Gaede
As someone who has worn corsets both lightly laced and very tightly laced for more than 20 years, I firmly believe that good corsets can feel absolutely wonderful - comfortable and supportive - but there are plenty of poorly made and uncomfortable corsets on the market, especially these days. I recommend looking for a corset that creates more of this } { shape (an hourglass with a defined waist), than this ) ( shape (a shallowly flared tube).
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in Signature Collection Black Silk Satin
Model: Dwoira Galilea
Photo © Joel Aron
Quality materials and boning are more important than one might expect. You don’t want cheap steel, because it can break, causing damage to the corset and wearer. It needs to be made well, because a poorly constructed corset will twist around the body, which can cause back problems - just like wearing a back brace that forces your body into a poor posture and holds it there.

Lastly, make sure you’re putting your corset on properly, as this can make or break your corset wearing experience - if the corset is too high on the body, or tilted forward, it will put pressure on the ribs, making breathing difficult. The waistline should be parallel to the floor. Here’s a lacing video we made, all about lacing someone else into a corset - no bedposts or knees required! If you think you can’t put a corset on yourself - here you go!

Dark Garden "Underbust Victorian"
Photo © Chris Gaede
-Autumn Adamme
Proprietress


10 comments:

  1. In addition, many waist trainers are stretchy and have no boning, which means they have the potential to roll up into a small band: uncomfortable, and liable to create unsightly bulges above and below the waistline. best waist trainer reviews

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I completely agree with you Elizabeth.

      I usually buy waist trainer and they are very stretchy and comfortable. It completely depends on the material or fabric used for the cincher.

      Whereas, its a great article Marianne. Looking for more such informative and interesting blogs.

      Delete
  2. I know this post is old but after read it i got good knowledge about waist training corsets. This knowledge is necessary for every fat girl. I am also a fat girl so I will definitely try corset training. Thank you very much for sharing this knowledgeable article. Much thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for drawing the blue lines! That was the part I was most confused by and your tutorial cleared it up. You rock!!

    Reply

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi daniel, I completely agree with you that its a educational blog. I know that waist training really helps you to maintain your body but it is very important that we should follow some of the dietary programs with waist training.

      As, the complete package of hard-work will provide an amazing shape of body. Really like your blog and it has really encouraged me to work more harder with the hep of waist cincher to look more beautiful.:-)

      Delete
    2. Hello Everyone,
      I really don't know about waist trainer. I want to give a try to it. To remain fit and fiddle I usually follow the instructions of my personal fitness trainer which I hired from http://freeformfitnessacademy.com/.
      But waist trainer sounds interesting to look more beautiful.

      Delete
  4. Hey Marianne

    Its a very interesting post.

    I am a quite healthy person and I really liked the way you have explained the things about the waist training corsets.

    Also, I completely agree with the Daniel that if any of the girl is healthy then that girl must have such knowledge.

    Great job.

    Looking for more informative blogs from you. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sometimes I have to do Waist Training, but I can't find good waist cinchers, could you please tell me where I can buy waist cinchers like that?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello,
    What is a corset liner and where can I get one?

    ReplyDelete
  7. waist trainer has a long history, if you want to learn more about it, please visit http://www.meandmywaist.com/

    ReplyDelete

Friday, June 19, 2015

On Waist Training with Dark Garden Corsets


This post was originally written on MissDarkGarden.Tumblr.com, as part of Autumn's Daily Corset Posts series.

I was recently asked to provide some bite-sized information on waist training, including what type of garment is best suited. What follows is more than a bite or two, but easily digestible at one sitting.
Dark Garden Bespoke "Underbust Victorian"
in Peach Fireworks Brocade Coutil
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Chris Gaede
Many things can be used to train the waist, but none is better than a shapely corset. Corsets reduce the waist by compressing the waistline, but also comfortably supporting the ribs and hips. Some “waist trainers” being sold simply compress the whole mid-section, a far less comfortable approach, as this squeezes the ribs, resulting in the notorious inability to breathe. In addition, many waist trainers are stretchy and have no boning, which means they have the potential to roll up into a small band: uncomfortable, and liable to create unsightly bulges above and below the waistline. Well-made corsets are supported with steel boning, which keeps the length of the corset consistent, no matter how snugly the corset is pulled.

Dark Garden "Cincher"
in Signature Collection Red Silk Satin
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
Waist training works by gradually reducing the areas of the body that are being compressed. This is another reason why it’s important to have a garment that is shapely and fits you well. Some people believe you can “season” a corset into fitting by starting out with something that is large for the ribs and hips, but only snug at the waist. This has the potential of not only intestinal discomfort, but training the organs down into the lower abdominal region, since in that situation there would be no support. A corset that is comfortably snug over the hips and tummy can actually create a flatter stomach than the wearer starts out with.

To make progress, frequent, comfortably snug wear is more superior to infrequent, very tight lacing. It’s very much like results from exercise and diet - the better your habits are, the more progress you make. Likewise, as soon as you go off your program, your results begin to diminish. There is not a hard or fast rule about how much you have to wear a corset to make progress, but again, like exercise, if you do it once a week, your progress will be less than if you wear it moderately for a little while every day, or even every other day. That said, even once a week will get you more progress than never starting!

Dark Garden "Valentine"
in Signature Collection Red Silk Satin
Model: Allie Diane
Photo © Joel Aron
Most people are able to begin with a standard-sized corset before eventually graduating to wanting a custom or bespoke corset. The majority of waist trainers use an underbust corset on a daily basis, but some women with fuller bustlines are very happy to have the bust support of well-made overbust corsets as well.
Dark Garden "Corselette"
in Signature Collection Black Lace Overlay
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron
At Dark Garden, we developed our unique ready-to-wear corset patterns after years of making exclusively custom sized corsets, and put the information we gathered there into creating some of the shapeliest, most comfortable corsets available anywhere. We continue to refine our patterns, and add styles as needed. With us, most waist trainers begin with our Cincher or our Cupid, a more shapely underbust corset. Those that are shorter waisted or just want a nip at the waist enjoy wearing the Corselette or Waspie. Many eventually go on to have a bespoke Underbust Victorian or Underbust Edwardian custom fit to their body via exhaustive measurements and multiple mock-up fittings.

Dark Garden Bespoke "Underbust Victorian"
in Peach Fireworks Brocade Coutil
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Chris Gaede
As someone who has worn corsets both lightly laced and very tightly laced for more than 20 years, I firmly believe that good corsets can feel absolutely wonderful - comfortable and supportive - but there are plenty of poorly made and uncomfortable corsets on the market, especially these days. I recommend looking for a corset that creates more of this } { shape (an hourglass with a defined waist), than this ) ( shape (a shallowly flared tube).
Dark Garden "Cincher"
in Signature Collection Black Silk Satin
Model: Dwoira Galilea
Photo © Joel Aron
Quality materials and boning are more important than one might expect. You don’t want cheap steel, because it can break, causing damage to the corset and wearer. It needs to be made well, because a poorly constructed corset will twist around the body, which can cause back problems - just like wearing a back brace that forces your body into a poor posture and holds it there.

Lastly, make sure you’re putting your corset on properly, as this can make or break your corset wearing experience - if the corset is too high on the body, or tilted forward, it will put pressure on the ribs, making breathing difficult. The waistline should be parallel to the floor. Here’s a lacing video we made, all about lacing someone else into a corset - no bedposts or knees required! If you think you can’t put a corset on yourself - here you go!

Dark Garden "Underbust Victorian"
Photo © Chris Gaede
-Autumn Adamme
Proprietress


10 comments:

  1. In addition, many waist trainers are stretchy and have no boning, which means they have the potential to roll up into a small band: uncomfortable, and liable to create unsightly bulges above and below the waistline. best waist trainer reviews

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I completely agree with you Elizabeth.

      I usually buy waist trainer and they are very stretchy and comfortable. It completely depends on the material or fabric used for the cincher.

      Whereas, its a great article Marianne. Looking for more such informative and interesting blogs.

      Delete
  2. I know this post is old but after read it i got good knowledge about waist training corsets. This knowledge is necessary for every fat girl. I am also a fat girl so I will definitely try corset training. Thank you very much for sharing this knowledgeable article. Much thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for drawing the blue lines! That was the part I was most confused by and your tutorial cleared it up. You rock!!

    Reply

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi daniel, I completely agree with you that its a educational blog. I know that waist training really helps you to maintain your body but it is very important that we should follow some of the dietary programs with waist training.

      As, the complete package of hard-work will provide an amazing shape of body. Really like your blog and it has really encouraged me to work more harder with the hep of waist cincher to look more beautiful.:-)

      Delete
    2. Hello Everyone,
      I really don't know about waist trainer. I want to give a try to it. To remain fit and fiddle I usually follow the instructions of my personal fitness trainer which I hired from http://freeformfitnessacademy.com/.
      But waist trainer sounds interesting to look more beautiful.

      Delete
  4. Hey Marianne

    Its a very interesting post.

    I am a quite healthy person and I really liked the way you have explained the things about the waist training corsets.

    Also, I completely agree with the Daniel that if any of the girl is healthy then that girl must have such knowledge.

    Great job.

    Looking for more informative blogs from you. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sometimes I have to do Waist Training, but I can't find good waist cinchers, could you please tell me where I can buy waist cinchers like that?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello,
    What is a corset liner and where can I get one?

    ReplyDelete
  7. waist trainer has a long history, if you want to learn more about it, please visit http://www.meandmywaist.com/

    ReplyDelete