Over the weekend, I finished up seasoning this corset with seasoning sessions 11, 12 and 13, totaling 30 hours of wearing this corset at a 2-inch reduction for about 2-3 hours at a time. The entire seasoning period was about 2 weeks. This article aims to recap the changes that I feel while wearing the corset, and changes to the corset itself as time has passed.
How the corset feels on me after two weeks of seasoning:
- I’m able to lace the corset about 0.5 – 1 inch smaller than I had on the first day, while still keeping within the 2″ guidelines (from 26″ corseted from a 27.5″ natural waist on the first day, to 25″ corseted with a 27″ natural waist on the last day of seasoning)
- The ribs don’t feel as restrictive; they cup smoothly around my ribcage
- The waist hooks under my ribcage and doesn’t ride up on me, and the corset no longer feels “wobbly”
- Some wrinkles around the hips have smoothed over
- There are no hot spots or area of uncomfortable pressure. There is no irritation or poking from any corners or bone tips. The corset has conformed to the curve of my spine.
- I’m relaxed and have a comfortable posture in the corset; my muscles aren’t fighting the corset and I feel that I would be able to accommodate a larger reduction.
At this point, now that the corset is properly seasoned, I will begin to gradually increase the hours each day as comfortable, and then start to close the corset more in the back, until I’m able to wear it closed for the official corset review.
I’m going to go over what is normal and what is not normal in a hypothetical corset after a proper 2-week seasoning period. The points in bold are what I experienced during this seasoning session:
|What’s normal||What’s not normal|
|Bones by the grommets||A bit of distortion of the fabric due to tension
Bones may become slightly more flexible along its proper axis, to hug the lumbar area more, and not dig into the tailbone
|Back bones permanently bent, kinked, warped or twisted in their boning channels.
Bones popping out or wearing away the fabric of the channels.
|Fabric around the grommets||Some wrinkling of the fabric around the grommet panel may be normal||Grommets pulling away, or the fabric around the grommets are starting to fray, or grommets feel wiggly or loose|
|Fabric around the waistline of the corset||Tension in the thread around the waistline
Some fabric pulling or distorting around the waistline, and seams looking a bit wobbly when off the body
A bit of horizontal wrinkling, especially in the side-back, or over the front hip, particularly in an OTR/ standard-sized corset
|Broken threads or gaps where there are no stitching
Ripped stitches or fabric, no matter how small
|Lining layer||Some usual wrinkling of the lining and minor tension on the threads of the lining (although the lining shouldn’t take any tension if it is not the strength fabric)||Broken stitching or gaps in the lining|
If you have any other points to add regarding what is normal or not normal when you season your corsets, I would love to know! Leave me a comment either under this post, or on Youtube.