Caring for your Silk Corset

You too can have an hourglass figure without discomfort.

It is often said that when there is no pain there is no gain. Please let me set the record straight. A corset is NOT a torture device. It should not poke. It should not pinch, rub, ride up or hurt in any way. You should get good back support, great boob liftage, and a smooth, flat tummy. Now, a corset cannot perform miracles but it sure can disguise some of our worst body flaws.

  • The very best way to fit gently into your corset is to follow a ritual. If you are attending a 9:00 Event in your corset:

  • Put it on at 5:00. Tighten it a ½ inch to one inch per hour until you are cinched in 2 to 4 inches.

You have allowed yourself to gently compress into the right size. This will also prolong the life of your corset.

Care of your New Corset

  • Wearing a thin nylon tube top under your new corset is preferred to keep bacteria and body perspiration from damaging the fabric.

  • Always loosen the back laces before attempting to unhook the front busk. Not doing so will bend the hooks or the busk itself. You may get stuck because the center hook just won't unhook. This is VERY frustrating.

  • When the corset is removed lay it over a chair or rod by the laces. Allow it to air out before putting it away.

  • A light spritz of a mixture of one part denatured alcohol and 9 parts water will kill bacteria and odors. Mind what I say when I say light spritzing. Pretend you are trying on perfume. Spray and then pass your garment through it. In other words do not allow any spots of water to form.

If you blew it and have to wash it

  • Corsets should be aired laying flat, or hung by the laces over the top of a chair, with the halves of the corset on either side. You shouldn't roll a corset up for storage.

  • Corsets should not be washed frequently, as the metalwork, even though it may be stainless, will exhibit some corrosion, which will eventually show. The reason that Victorian women wore a chemise under, and a cover over their corsets, was so that they didn't then need washing too frequently.

  • Wash the corset by hand in warm not hot water, NEVER in a washing machine, and wash in a mild powder and in a non-biological detergent, as they tend to attack the materials. They are all right for modern clothing that aren't expected to last very long, but corsets are put under a lot of stress and any deterioration will vastly shorten its life.

    • Rinse well in running cold water - just swish around until the water runs clear but do not wring it.

    • Wrap in a towel and rub gently to remove as much moisture as possible.

    • Dry on a frame, as you would a real wool garment, and NEVER place near a heat source like a radiator, as it can warp the steels and cause uneven drying, which will warp the garment itself.

  • As ALWAYS spot check your corset to make sure there will be no damage to the fabric.

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