How to Lace a Corset
BY REBECCA 04.16.13 06:05 PM

Lacing a corset is easy once you know a few steps. To make it simple we will be lacing our corset so that laces meet in the middle for adjustment. Fear not. You can put a corset on by yourself. To begin we will need a corset with the lace undone. For this demonstration we are using a long lace measuring approximately 2 yards.

First you want to lay the two corset panels down on a flat surface three inches apart.

 

Fold the lace in half, so that it’s even, and lay it in between the two panels.
Locate the top grommets on each panel and string the lace over/through both keeping the fold point in the middle. You can mark the fold with a paper clip. Take the left side of the lace and string it under the next grommet on the left panel. Then take the right side of the lace and string it under the next grommet on the right panel.
Here the pattern changes. Take the left side of the lace and string it across over the next grommet on the right panel. Then take the right side of the lace and string it across over the next grommet on the left panel.
Repeat this process of the under and then across patterns until you get almost half way down the corset.
Now here comes the tricky part on how to not screw up what you’ve done so far. The next steps are creating a loop on each side of the corset. Once again take the left side of the lace and string it under then over through the next grommet on the left side. You have created a loop.
Make sure the loop measures approximately 1 foot because this is where you will be tightening the corset. Repeat the same process with the right side of the lace and right corset panel. Now you have a loop on each side.
The hard part is over. The final steps are the same as the first steps under/over and across. 
Last we will tie the left and right laces into a starting knot leaving no lace at the tip for comfort.
The corset is ready to put on. Wrap the corset around the chest and fasten at the front. You can use a long mirror to see the back at first but you won’t need it the more you practice cinching the corset. Grab the bottom part of the left and right loop and pull to cinch the waist and hips. Repeat this with the top of the loops to cinch the breasts and create that cleavage effect we all love. Tie the loops in the back into a bow knot.
Tips: If the lace tips are unraveling and the lace is made of synthetic fabric you can burn off the edges by passing them over a flame. Careful not to burn yourself and it only takes seconds to melt the tips. When choosing a size use actual waist size measurements (see chart bellow).

Corset Waist Sizing

X-Small           20 inches
Small               22 inches
Medium           24 inches
Large              26 inches   
X-Large          32 inches

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