Waist Training

Orchard Corset Waist Trainers Series – Amy #1

As you might guess, since we are surrounded by corsets and everything corsetry on a daily basis, almost everyone here gets interested in waist training at some point. For me that point came during a discussion with Renee, our social media manager about our CS 201 corsets in mesh. The question of waist training in the CS 201 mesh and whether it could do the job had come up on social media. I immediately came to the defense of my favorite little corset, “What? Of course you can use it for waist training!” Renee showed me the argument that the mesh was stretchy, I pointed out the steel boning as I felt that mattered more. ***In Renee’s defense she was playing devil’s advocate based on comments she had read…she actually does agree with me, 😉 . So the gauntlet had been thrown down, and I felt obliged to rise to the challenge to defend my favorite corset.

waist training day 1
First day of waist training. Waist 29.5″ wearing the CS 201 in a size 22.

Waist training will be a challenge for me for a variety of reasons:

  1. I am great with short term commitments, a little iffy when it comes to the long term. If I can keep this up for a couple of months, I’ll declare it a victory!
  2. I sit at a computer most of the day and by “sit” I actually mean slouch down in my chair with a laptop on my lap. Obviously that’s not going to work while wearing the corset.
  3. I like to eat (in quantity!lol) and I know from past experience wearing a corset during a meal that if I’m not careful I’ll be really uncomfortable.

A few goals:

  1. I plan to corset for 4-6 hours per day, at least 5 days/week
  2. I’ll try sleeping in the corset at least once
  3. I will only use the CS 201 in mesh for waist training
  4. I’ll update on the blog at least once each week with my waist measurement and other thoughts.


Update: Minor setback 2 hours into Day 1….dipped laces into the toilet…yep that really happened, so I’ll be relacing (with shorter laces) tomorrow.



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!


  • Kimberly

    I’m new…and considering about getting a corset, but just not sure which one to get! There are so many to choose from! Can you wear the corset UNDER your shirt/dress INSTEAD of ON TOP of clothing??

    Thank you for your time!

      • Kimberly

        Do ALL of the corsets have to be laced up and tied in the back??
        I’m hoping not…..that seems to be a lot of work for one person…… lol
        Do they make any ones with out the tying in the back??

        Thank you for your time

        • Mary Brewer

          Hi Kimberly! All of our steel boned corsets do have the lacing in the back. We do have some great tips on how to lace yourself here We do carry a fabulous line of shapewear to include waist cinchers that have front hook and eye closures. These are not waist trainers like the corsets but create a smooth look and have some moderate compression. With a little practice we find most anyone can lace a corset well and enjoy the amazing benefits!

  • Queen Ayesha

    I recently came into YouTube videos and stuff online about waist training and I am very interested in purchasing. Are there any risks that I should have in mind. I plan to go from a size 38 to a 28.


  • abby

    I was wondering how long I should season my corset before I begin attempting to sleep in it? I’ve done 3 seasoning sessions, the first for an hour, the second for about 2 hours, and the third for about 2 1/2. The seasoning blog entries I read say that i’ve you’re going to wear them closer for waist training (especially around 8 hours) you should season the corset for a longer time.

  • Shirley howells

    I just recently ordered a corset and I’ve been wearing it a few hours here and not consistent yet but I’m trying to waste train am I crazy to think I could waste train at the age of 71?

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Shirley, I actually haven’t talked to anyone your age that has done any waist training. My initial thought is that you would just need to take it very slow and don’t overtighten your corset. Obviously if you have any health issues you would want to talk it over with your doctor, but that applies to anyone considering waist training. Good luck, though and please let us know how things go!

  • michellechonko1980

    Ok, I’m new to this blog and I know this is a bit off topic. I absolutely love orchardcorset and get all my corsets from you. So, this one person is starting a business apparently and asked me where I get mine. I told her and she continued to say how lousy your corsets are and hers are made in the USA and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I think it’s awful how some feel the need to trash one company to make themselves sound better. My question is are your corsets made in the USA? Honestly, I don’t care because they’re great quality and I have no complaints. The prices are awesome and all the different styles to choose from. I will be a forever customer ❤️

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Michelle, our corsets are made overseas, which is the case with most (but not all) off the rack corsets. If your friend does custom corset manufacturing I’m sure that the quality IS really great, as there just isn’t a comparison between off the rack manufacturing and custom. We do feel that we offer a great and well made product at our price point though, and we stand behind all of our corsets with a 30 day No-Hassle return policy. Thanks for being a superfan of our corsets!

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