Corset 101 Video Blog: How to Season (Break In) Your New Corset

The Importance of Seasoning Your Corset:

The Break-In Period

Hello OC Blog Readers! This blog is all about the importance of seasoning, or breaking-in, your new corset. With so many people new to corseting out there, I thought it was time to emphasize this VERY important step in the life of your corset. We highlight this in our Corset Care & Instruction page and our new video, but felt an entire blog on the subject was warranted.

When you first unwrap your brand new steel boned corset from Orchard Corset, it’s comes fully laced in the bidirectional fashion. It’s important to loosen your corset completely before putting it on. Pull the “X’s” from the center pull loops, working your way to the top and bottom of the corset. The corset will be rigid, and the pins and loops at the front busk a challenge to hook the first time. Try attaching from the center (or second from the bottom) loop/pin first. Once all of your pins are securely fastened along the busk, you can begin pulling the laces.

The first time you lace up your corset, it’s important you DON’T lace too tightly. Lace your corset so that it is snug. You should be able to easily slide several fingers to your whole hand in the top or bottom of your corset. Your modesty panel should just reach the other side if your corset is the correct size and shape (this is a little different depending on what size corset you need). The boning will take on your shape as the corset adjusts to your body. Trying to force the corset too quickly can damage and warp the boning-and cause you some discomfort as well. We have damaged corsets in photo shoots trying to get that fitted look you only achieve after breaking a corset in.


Gray CS-426 in size 22: First time wearing-before corset is seasoned.

After wearing your corset for 30-45 minutes, it’s OK to tighten it up a little bit more. Only wear your corset 1 1/2 – 2 hours the first time you wear it.  Repeat this step several times over the first several days of breaking in your corset. This applies not just to those who wish to waist train, but also those people who have purchased a corset for a special occasion like a wedding or event. It’s just as important to break your corset in prior to the event date (so don’t wait until the last minute to order your corset ). It’s worth noting that a corset that is closer to your natural shape will season faster than a corset that is not. The 411 seasons quick on me because I could hardly find a better match if I had a corset custom made for me! The 426 takes longer-I do not have quite enough natural curve for that style,


My maroon CS-426 in size 22: Well seasoned-it “hugs” my shape.

For those of you looking to begin a waist training program, especially an aggressive one that involves wearing your corset for long periods of time (over 6-8 hours every day), it’s especially important to properly season your corset. As your corset will endure more wear and tear than occasional use corseters, we recommend gradually increasing your time over the course of 10-14 days. Take your time lacing yourself down tighter-don’t rush it! I know you want to see your results TODAY-but you risk damaging the corset (and yourself) if you try too much too soon. Your patience will be rewarded with a form-fitted, beautiful corset that will last AND give you the curves you want!

I can say from personal experience that my corsets fit so much better after the break-in or seasoning period. The bottom edge really hugs and molds to my curves after about a week, whereas initially there were gaps. The hooks and pins just pop right into place and the laces glide easily through the grommets after just a few times of properly seasoning my corset. We love to hear your comments and questions-so keep them coming!

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201 Responses

  1. Kate

    Hi, I just received my beautiful corset yesterday. I purchased the CS-345 in white satin.
    Now to a silly question. How far up should the under bust sit? Snug up under the breast or below. I ask because it does make a difference as to whether I get poked when I sit down.

    When I place it snug up the center point tends to push uncomfortably between my breasts (is it laced too tight?) I am lacing about 2 hours a day fairly loosely with the modesty panel just meeting.

    Sorry for the questions, this is my first corset.

    1. Hi Kate! The natural waist of the corset (the smallest part) should be sitting in your natural waistline. You definitely don’t want it to be uncomfortable! It’s possible that your underbust to waistline distance is shorter than that corset measures which is why it’s a little long for you. You might find that the 411 is more comfortable as it has a different underbust shape and measurement. Try positioning it a little lower for now and see if that helps. Let us know if you have any other questions! Happy corseting 🙂

  2. Michelle Hamilton

    Hi I purchased my corset a few months ago and I think I want to waist train at night because my friends have a habbit of hugging and I don’t want them to know I’m corseting. My question is will the results be slower because the laces aren’t as right as they would be suring the day? And how do I know when it’s time to chinch down further if the laces are looser at night?

    1. HI Michelle! Have you seen our blog & video on sleeping with your corset on? Lucy from Lucy’s Corsetry also has a great one as well that goes a bit more in depth. There’s no way to know how long results will take regardless of training during the day or during the night, it’s dependent on a multitude of factors and even then every body is so very different and it’s not something that can be estimated. As far as lacing in tighter, just like any part of corseting… listen to your body. When your corset is starting to feel loose, cinch in a bit more and keep it there until it feels loose again. While sleeping, it should be snug like a strong hug but not as tight as you can comfortably make it. Try laying down for a short nap in your corset to see how you feel at that tension and make adjustments as needed. I hope that helps!

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  4. Cheri

    I’ve had my 426 short for a a couple of weeks now and I have been seasoning it slowly due to having a full time job and a 1 year old and no time to lace it daily…just every other day. I am still have an issue with a large gapping at the 2 sides on the bottom. In fact, it hasn’t laid any flatter than my first use with the corset. I’m concerned this may not have been the corset for me? (I purchased a size 26. My measurements are 32.5 under bust, 32.5 natural waist, 38 upper hip, and 10.5 torso.

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  6. Cynthia Kolodzik

    I just got back from OC in Wenatchee yesterday with my corset and I have to say I am so very very pleased with my corset and with all the help the young ladies at OC gave me. They were extremely helpful in getting me sized and fit into the right corset. I am seasoning my corset as we speak. I have another 45 minutes but it feels so comfortable already that I think I could sleep in it, lol, don’t worry I won’t. Thank you so much for everything, I truly enjoyed the experience. Cynthia Kolodzik

  7. Pretty Girl

    Okay my journey began a whole 3 weeks ago. I purchased the 426 short with hip ties. After my measurements I just new this would be the best one. Wrong! I fit great except it looked like I had wings around my hips. So I called Orchard and a wonderful young lady who suggested per my measurements (ub:36″ w:38″ hh:42″ I return that one and order a 345 and go 2 inches down. Great! It arrived today but I think 30″ is just too small. The modesty panel does not want to modest at all! It is no where close to hiding my shirt. I love how the top of the corset curves under my bust, however the bottom “v” shape juts out the front and I look like Thomas The Train. It is very unbecoming. I wish I could have the top of the 345 and the bottom of the 411. HELP!!

    1. Hi there! I think we will be able to better serve you through our website, as it would be helpful to see pictures of the back of the corset to see how close the modesty panel is to covering. People are often very surprised at how much the shape of the corset changes during the seasoning process. Based on your measurements, that is the corset that I would have put you in as well, but there are many factors besides your actual measurements that can influence the fit, the biggest one being how squishy or firm you are. Send an email to info@orchardcorset.com with a picture of the back and front of the corset and they’ll be able to help you determine if you need to go up to a 32 or if you should continue to season the one that you have.

  8. Alissa

    Just received my Cs 426 longline!! I ordered it yesterday crazy fast shipping!!! I was soo happy!! Anyways this corset couldn’t fit any better than if it were made to custom fit my body!! I have a very extreme curve naturally and long torso soo it’s perfect. Seasoning it for a week or so and then the real waist training begins!!! Best 80 bucks I ever spent!! Thanks for all the videos that I’ve watched a million times and the sizing help!!!

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