Corset Q & A Series,  Corsets

Corset Q & A #7: Why is it important to season my corset?


In our Corset Q & A series we’ll be giving you quick answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding steel boned corsets, waist training and corseting here at Orchard Corset.

“Break in your corset”, “Be sure to season your corset”, you’ve heard us say it and we put instructions in every corset that we ship…. but WHY is it so important to season your corset? Well, first of all a corset isn’t a cheap purchase and seasoning will make it last MUCH longer. If you take some TIME and allow the corset to mold to your body, it doesn’t put stress on the fabric channels holding the steel bones of the corset. If you don’t break it in slowly, those steel bones may break through the fabric and now your fabulous new purchase is wrecked! Also, as you’re breaking in the corset you’re giving your body a chance to get used to the idea of a corset. If you tightly lace a brand new corset and wear it all day long, you WON’T be comfortable and it is not even close to the same experience as wearing a well-seasoned corset. So do yourself a favor, exercise a little bit of patience and season that corset! For a more detailed explanation of seasoning check out our seasoning video here and the seasoning blog here.

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  • TAY

    hi. I know that u said on ur site that if ur plus sized and have quite a bit of fluff to order 7-10 inches down. My measurements r 41 underbust – 49 overbust -39 waist -49 hips – 13 torso. After having 4 children and losing a lot of weight I have a lot of squish so I ordered the 426 with hip ties in a 32. I put it on loosely to begin seasoning it today but the modesty panel was 3-4 inches from meeting when it was loosely snug. Is thisokay? Will it meet at the end of seasoning or should I exchange it for a different size? I REALLY dont want to exchange it but I will if I absolutely have to.

  • Layla

    I was just wondering…how do you know when your corset is finished being seasoned? I bought the 411 in cotton which I know usually takes about 2 weeks instead of 1 of seasoning. But what should be different about the corset once it’s “seasoned?”
    The first few days I laced it snugly, the modesty panel just meeting the opposite side. And there was a lot of gaping at the bottom and top. I’m like 10 days into seasoning and “snugly” is now laced about two inches more than when I first got it, there’s way less gap…but is that from seasoning or just from having it a bit tighter?
    Thank you!!!

    • Brittney Loveall-Talley

      Hi Layla! If your corset feels like it fits your body then you should be just fine. Just listen to your body 🙂 We still recommend seasoning your corset for 2 weeks before you begin wearing it ‘full-time’. It sounds like your corset is just about done though! Thank you!

  • NDLR

    I had maybe an odd question, but what do you actually do during the time while you’re seasoning the corset? I read the blog, included insert, and watched th video and believe I have laced my brand new corset snuggly but not tightly. But now what? Is it okay to sit/lounge while going through this process? While seated, I can feel that I’m putting more pressure on the busk than when standing, but is that okay?

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