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Preventing your belly from falling out below your corset

Last updated on March 26th, 2022 at 04:33 pm

Plenty of people have written me in the past, asking if there’s anything that can be done on getting rid of “muffin top” or otherwise spilling of one’s flesh out of the ends of the corset, especially if they are a little on the fluffier side. I had already addressed muffin top in a previous video where I featured the Genie Bra (note: I now use the Genie bra as a night bra as it lost elasticity after about two months, but using a sports bra or longline bra with the same shape in the back still helps to minimize my own muffin top).

In this particular video I cover the other side: how to prevent the lower belly pooch from “oozing” out the bottom edge of the corset:

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One simple tip that my aunt had come up with with to solve the “apron” or “kangaroo pouch” problem:
Before tightening up your corset, pull down on it and make sure that the waist of the corset is sitting at your skeletal waist (the squishy bit under your ribs, and above your iliac crest) instead of your “apparent” waist (which is the smallest part of your waist – this may appear higher up on the ribs especially on people who carry a bit more weight around the middle). Once your corset is positioned correctly, start tightening your corset a little bit. Stop halfway through and put one hand down into your corset (under the front of your corset, so your hand/arm is between the corset and you). With that hand, pull up on the skin of your abdomen while with your other hand pull down on the bottom edge of your corset. Since your corset is half-tightened, then the mild tension of the corset should keep your belly in place while you finish tightening up.

When I explain this tip to others (often grandmothers and also apple-shaped ladies with pendulous abdomens), it solves the problem 8 times out of 10. This works best with longline corsets (especially those with a spoon busk), although not so well with very short cinchers.

Spencer Underbelt, 1947
Roger K, a writer for Corsetiere.net has kindly provided this link to an article about underbelts, which looks like

a sturdy pad fastened over the pelvis and were specifically designed to prevent that “belly ooze” from coming out the bottom of the corset. These were manufactured by companies such as Spencer and Spirella from the 1920’s until discontinuation around the 1970’s. It’s (sadly?) comforting to know that reverse muffin top is an issue that not only modern corsetees face!

Please let me know if this tip has helped you – or if you have any other tips on preventing muffin top or “belly ooze”, do let me know in the comments either here or on Youtube!

51 thoughts on “Preventing your belly from falling out below your corset

  1. I am at such a loss. I got a longline from orchard corsets and my baby belly still oozes out the bottom even with this trick. I had two babies (9.8lbs and 8.9 lbs) within 2 years, It literally goes almost past my vagina. Am I just not okay to corset?

    1. Hello! It sounds like you might have an abdominal panniculus. There are definitely still corsets that can help you, but it might require more than an OTR corset. If you’re serious about it, I’d recommend contacting a corset maker near you (check out the Corsetiere map) and see about being personally fitted for a custom corset – one that’s long enough to help lift and cover your tummy, while still allowing you to sit down. Maybe a spoon busk might also help to contain your lower tummy as well. Best of luck!

  2. When I used the cloth/spandex corset, my belly still bulged out, specially the stomach. What kind og corset should i use to prevent it without preventing me to breathe and hurting the side of the waist?

    1. Hi Topu, to better support your lower tummy, I recommend a longline corset like these (if your torso is long enough to accommodate it). You’ll see that the ribcage is rounded which allows you to still take comfortable breaths. The hip ties can be adjusted to comfort, which allows you to pull it tighter for more support around the lower belly, or loosen it if you need more room for your hips.

  3. So if theres back fat hanging over or a little pouch under, will waist training results be negative?

    1. Hi Anon, it’s possible to still waist train even if you have some muffin top or lower tummy hanging out, but some people don’t like the way this looks. It’s fine to continue wearing your corset if it doesn’t bother you, though. Many people wear corsets to try and bring in their lower tummy, so having a corset make it bigger on them defeats the purpose and can seem like one step forward, two steps back.

  4. Using a stretchy stomach smoother (like Spanx) as an additional liner helped hold my pooch up and in place. My slimmer is just from under my breasts to around my hips. While the heavy elastic edge on the top might be uncomfortable under an overbust, my underbust rides just below and and causes no significant irritation. I found it to be more comfortable than just wearing a tank top as a liner and had an even smoother silhouette.

    1. Thanks for sharing your tip, Lauren!

  5. I have done ask mentioned in your video but I have back fat that hangs over the top of my waist trainer and causes the trainer to fold or dig into my ski on my back sometimes it leaves bruises and sore

    1. Hi Meka, it sounds like your corset is too small at the ribcage. It would be more comfortable if you laced it with a “V” shaped lacing gap in the back. It’s not a perfect fit but you will certainly be more comfortable, be able to avoid the soreness of the skin at the top edge, and you will probably be able to take deeper breaths as well.

  6. Hi, this information was very helpful… Thank you very much..I will try this….

  7. I don’t know if you remember me but I reached out a few months ago seeking advise on a corset or buster to help me with my waist after the birth of my son. Well it’s been six months and Doctor is more than okay with it now. Wondering what I should be looking at to get my stomach back in shape (already working out and eating right) my pregnancy was hard on my body. Thank you for your help

  8. What company do you recommend getting a long line corset from? I have the oozing belly and am unsure of what company to buy it from or even what type of corset to get.

    1. Hi Chelsea, here’s a gallery of longline corsets that can help keep your tummy in place. :)

  9. I was referred to you by a friend for this question. I had a baby 5 weeks ago and am desperate to get back into my normal cloths and corsets. So far I’m close but not close enough. I purchased a belly band from belly bandit to start but I’m really thinking I need something more aggressive. Can you or do you have any suggestions that can get me on the right path?

    1. Hi Brandie, has your OBGYN cleared you for wearing compression garments already? Some new mothers prefer to wait a couple of months after having their baby to start waist training because corsets can give quite a strong compression which might be uncomfortable on the pelvic floor if your body hasn’t fully recovered. Once you get clearance, I’m happy to take a look at your measurements and recommend something.

      1. Thank you! I see them at the end of the month and I’ll get clearance at that point at the moment I’m sure you’re correct that jumping into a really good corset or buster might be frowned on.

        Thank you again!

  10. Also, I am a size 34 in. waist in a corset

    1. Is there a version of this for upper muffin top? Like back fat? I realize I got the corset in the wrong size but is there a away I can fix this or make it less noticeable until I can afford another one?

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