My Waist Training Journey

In Your Words! Heather T’s Waist Training Journey

Welcome to the very first post of our newest blog series, “In Your Words! ‘My’ Waist Training Journey“. Everyone here at Orchard Corset Headquarters is SUPER excited about this series, 1) We absolutely LOVE to hear your stories about waist training; and 2)It will really help other waist trainers understand why the answer to the question “How long does it take?” is always “It depends”! (because there are so MANY factors that contribute to successful waist training)

Let’s start with a quick definition for readers who may not be totally familiar with waist training. Waist training is a form of body modification. We like to make the comparison to wearing braces to straighten your teeth. By continually applying pressure to your lower ribs and internal organs you can achieve a shift in both that will eventually give the you the hourglass shape when you are not wearing a corset. However after you’ve achieved your desired waistline, just like wearing your retainer after having your braces removed, you’ll have to continue with some “maintenance corseting” to retain the hourglass shape you worked so hard for. Latex cinchers and plastic boned fashion corsets aren’t appropriate for waist training as they are NOT able to apply the required pressure to the appropriate areas.

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, it’s time to meet Heather T!

Heather 1 month before starting waist training.
Heather 1 month before starting waist training.


How long have you been waist training?

4 months

How many days/week and hours/day do you wear your corset?

5-6 days a week, 4-6 hours a day

Day 1 of seasoning!
Day 1 of seasoning!

What was the measurement of your uncorseted waist when you started and what is it now?

start: 28″; current: 25.5″

What is your favorite corset to wear for waist training?


What was your biggest waist training challenge?

The back pain! My back was sore for the first few weeks because my spine was straightening out. I have great posture now! I haven’t had many challenges other than that.

After 2 months of waist training
After 2 months of waist training

What advice do you have for someone just getting started waist training?

Start slow and season the corset correctly. Don’t rush yourself or the fabric. Wear a soft tanktop underneath it to keep from irritating your skin. Check out Lucy’s Corsetry on YouTube or the Orchard Corset Blog to educate yourself before jumping in. Good luck!

Do you typically stealth corset or do you wear your corsets over your clothes?

Luckily I work for a local business that sells steel boned corsets, so showing off mine is encouraged. However, I stealth corset to the grocery store and around town because I don’t much like all the attention I receive with having a purple mohawk, scalp tattoo, and a tiny waist. Waist training has been a journey of body modification for my own satisfaction, not for other people to think I am skinny, so stealth is my norm.

These are Heather's cats!
These are Heather’s cats!

What do you like to wear when you are corseted?

My (almost) everyday outfit is skinny jeans and a sleeveless band tee, so stealth is easy. However, it is winter in Alaska, so I layer up. Most days, I have a cotton tanktop, leggings, jeans, corset, long sleeved shirt, t-shirt, hoodie. High waisted pants became a must for me because there is about an inch of skin between the bottom of my cs-411 and the top of my pants that gets irritated when I’m walking around.
When I wear a dress, I often pull my leggings/tights up underneath the corset to hold them up all day. The dresses I wear with a corset are all loose on the bottom half and flare out from the corset. I notice that my skin has to go somewhere, and it usually puffs out the bottom and I don’t think it’s flattering so I don’t wear tight dresses.

Have you changed your diet & exercise habits while waist training? i.e. are you losing weight while you are waist training?

I definitely eat differently while waist training. I now eat lots of small snacks throughout my day instead of heavy, large meals 2 or 3 times a day. I notice that on days where I am letting my body rest, I can eat a lot more than I usually do. For full meals, I take that thing off and eat to my heart’s content! I have lost about 5 pounds since I started waist training, but I am not looking to lose weight because I am 120 pounds already.

Heather's current progress
Heather’s current progress

What has been your favorite part of corseting & waist training?

I love to talk to women about corsets and get them fitted into something that makes them feel confident and sexy. A lot of women tell me they have always wanted to try wearing corsets but didn’t think they came in their size (usually women looking for size 30+). Word is getting out that corsets are in style and easy to get!20141127_114522 (1)


Hiya! I'm the Marketing Director here at Orchard Corset, which is pretty much the best place ever to work! (like you hadn't already guessed THAT!) I live in beautiful Washington state with a husband a few animals and some kiddos in the mix. I prefer margaritas (on the rocks with salt) but a mojito will do in a pinch!


  • Renee

    I tried to get into waist training and be constant a while back and then just quit. Going to start again cause I have the perfect body for it and I love the way it makes me sit up straight and the pressure of it makes me feel..well very sexy. I just ordered a waspie one, hoping that I can wear it more constant . I’m hoping it will make it easier to use the restroom while wearing it too.. I really wish you would open up a shop in my area I want to work for you so that it would be the normal to just wear on a daily basis. I love the whole idea of feeling sexy on a constant basis and I would love to do a photo shoot with my corsets. I am really going to try and stealth a lot just to get over peoples reactions cause why should I really care what others think if it makes me feel good! This is a great blog with and will really keep up on my waist training this time. thanks for all you advise on your site.

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Rose, I’d suggest one of our mesh corsets as they have the least amount of fabric and you would be less inclined to get too hot. However, whichever corset is most comfortable for you to wear at any other time of day is going to be the most comfortable for sleeping. One of the girls at OC has been sleeping in her CS 426 with Hip Ties without any difficulty. I’ll have her chime in on the subject as well.

    • Renee Parkins

      Hi Rose- I have recently started sleeping in my corset so I’m still figuring out what’s most comfortable for me but I would say something on the shorter side and yes, the mesh would definitely be a consideration because of the material. I personally am using a CS 411 in black satin at night because it gives me a bit more mobility (I wear my CS 426 with hip ties during the day). That said, it can get a bit warm. Fortunately, I’m one of those people who can never have enough blankets in the winter and that doesn’t bother me…although in summertime I will almost definitely switch to the CS 411 mesh.

      Sleeping a corset is very much personal preference though so play with it and see what works best for you. What works for some people, doesn’t work for others and you’ll need to find the corset that makes you the most comfy.

  • carly

    Hi i want to start waist training but i dont have a way to measure my hips and ect. Is there any other way to get the right size without the messuring of the waist?

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Carly, there really isn’t any way to size you with any accuracy without having all your measurements (underbust, waist and upper hip). Tape measures are available for under $1 at just about any large grocery store. However if you just can’t find one and have access to a printer, you could print one out and tape it together to make your own. Be sure to follow the directions though, or it will print it too small and your measurements will be WAY off. My suggestion is to find a tape measure as the corset can be a big expense and getting the right size and style is totally dependent on the accuracy of your measurements. Good luck!

  • Lindsey

    I’m starting waist training. I have a steel boned underbust I bought off of amazon but since I work as a cashier at Target I can’t wear it to work since it’s hard to move in. I just ordered a waspie and I’m so excited to season it and wear it under my clothes at work. I usually sleep in my corset then wake up around 4 am and take it off. On the weekends I wear it almost 24 hours then take the next morning off to let myself relax. Love all the info this blog has!

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