Lacie in Albert Corsets
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This edition is dedicated to Lacie
Lacie’s main concern is her family and her professional work in the medical discipline; both as a nurse and as a diabetes-consultant.
Some ladies (and men!) wear corsets only occasionally, i.e. during an evening out, but a few wear them almost continuously. So does Lacie: wearing corsets is a hobby that she has enjoyed since October 2000, 23 hours per day, every day of the year.
Contrary to what one would think looking at some of the pictures of Lacie in the leather corsets, fetishism is not her intention, nor in her character. The reason is that I only make corsets in leather (see Edition 1).
The pictures above present Lacie in a way that is more representative of the way she really is.
Lacie started off with wearing off-the-shelf corsets from good companies (right), which were modified by her husband Thomas in order to improve the fit, and to catch up with Lacie’s shrinking waist. The shrinkage occurred more or less automatically: there was no forcible waist reduction or exaggerated tight lacing program. Just wearing a reasonably tight corset at all times caused the reduction of Lacie’s waist size from some 65 cm (25 inches) to 52.5 – 48 cm (21 – 19 inches), depending on the type of corset that she wore.
One should realize that the corset is worn during heavy nursing work, which includes lifting of patents and such. At no time are the corset laces loosened. All jobs can (and must!) be done. Only in the case of very warm weather is the corset worn less tight, or maybe exchanged for an old fabric one.
The Straight Front or S-Curve.
Lacie and her husband love the straight front line, or ‘droit devant’ or, ‘S-Kurve’ (German), which implies that the lady is given a figure whereby the waist is pushed forward so that a straight front results. Below the navel, the lower front of the corset is curved backwards, so that the lady is forced to move her buttocks outward. Although not widely advertised, this corset line goes together very well with the shoulders held backwards, which make the breasts more pronounced. This makes this corset line even more attractive! Some men are particularly fond of the accentuated backside.
Although the straight front corset was introduced to make it easier for women to wear a corset, in practice, this shape causes a very severe impact on the spine, which is forced to be sharply curved inwards at the waist. Therefore, the training to obtain this shape is very demanding and often painful in the back.
From the corset maker's point of view, making a good and comfortable straight front corset that provides all the support needed is challenging. In the case of a normal wasp waist corset, the spine keeps its original shape, and the support to the body is achieved by the collaboration of the muscles and the corset around the spine. But the spine can still do its job.
In case of the S-Kurve, however, the support to the upper body must be provided entirely by the corset, because the spine, in its deformed shape, cannot contribute anymore, and the muscles cannot do too much without a spine.
Consequently, the shape of the corset must be perfect and the corset must be sufficiently stiff as well.
Tried on by Lacie.
The pictures above show Lacie wearing an old, rebuilt corset that had been equipped with a stiff and straight front, and with shoulder bands to hold back the shoulders. It was the first leather corset that Lacie experienced, and we decided that she first should experience the feeling before actually seeing the corset. Therefore she was blindfolded and corseted, before being allowed to see the corset. Just for fun, of course.
Lacie did like the corset very much. The stiff front was not new for her: she had experienced a stiff front already in a conventional corset stiffened by Thomas.
We went out to a restaurant, Lacie wearing the outfit you see. You may believe me when I say that the visitors in the restaurant, at least the male portion of them, were very enthusiastic about the corset and what was in it!
Lacie also tried on an existing wasp waist corset, which was a bit too tight for her at the time. The bra of this corset was clearly too large.
See the pictures below. She had some real trouble surviving the photo session. Today, some six months later, she would not have too much problem wearing this corset almost closed at 48 cm (19 inches).
Lacie’s New Corset.
The corset especially made for Lacie is presented below. It is made of 1.6 mm (1/16 inch) thick leather, and has three 1.6 mm thick steel front stays, and 0.6 mm thick stays at all other locations. For your information: the 1.6 mm stays are 19 times stiffer than the 0.6 mm ones.
The 1.6 mm stays come from the orthopedic industry. They are bent and distorted to give the corset the overall shape that is prescribed by the shape of the individual pieces. The corset has leather lining on the location of the stays and fabric lining at all other places.
My aim is to make corsets as comfortable as possible, whereas the shape should reflect the customer desires, as far as possible (from the anatomical point of view). The support to the body should be so good that the muscles and spine have virtually nothing to do with holding up the body.
In order to achieve the S-Kurve, the lowest part of the corset front (the lowest 5 inch) is bent inwards. Thus, Lacie’s body is kept in the same S-Kurve all the time: while standing, sitting and laying down. There is no deviation from that shape possible. The shoulder bands keep her shoulders low and slightly pulled back.
Most ladies (and men) would not like the idea of being encapsulated like this. But people are different, and some people just love it! It is just a matter of personal taste.
Lacie’s new corset fitted well at the first try-on, but there were a few things that could be improved. The corset, as you can see second row left, did have already quite a pronounced back-end, I would say, but not as much as Thomas would like to see. The bra was located three quarters of an inch too high for good all day comfort (second row right) and the waist was a bit too large for waist training (look again at second row right). Also, it was concluded by Lacie and Thomas that the upper body could be narrower. Lacie likes a conical upper body, wherein the waist should not be accentuated in a wasp-waist manner.
After the first try-on, the corset was altered. The bra was adapted, the waist and the upper body were made tinier by three quarters of an inch. Consequently, Lacie’s underbust will measure less than about 70 cm (28 inches). Quite small for a tall lady.
The hips were made a bit more pronounced, and the back-end was given more space. A corsetmaker must follow the customer’s desire!
The first six weeks of wearing were quite a struggle for Lacie to get used to her narrow housing. She wanted to get her (upper) chest used to a compression not experienced before. The corset felt hard at one particular place, in the beginning. And getting used to the S-Kurve was not easy at all.
Thanks to her uninterrupted determination to ‘keep going’, Lacie managed to get used to her new body shape.
At this moment, Lacie’s enjoys her new figure, and her corset, very much—there is no doubt about that. She enjoys this corset almost every day, because she does not have another S-curve corset yet to alternate. ‘Almost’ because if there is (occasionally) no time to lace Lacie into her corset, she wears a conventional fabric corset for a day. One should not forget that I never came to the point of making a front closure in any corset, and Thomas does not like such an option on a corset. Consequently, the laces have to be fed through 50 holes at every lacing occasion, which takes time!
To be continued in Edition 4, with some more text and pictures of Lacie in her Albert corset, and an update of Lacie’s experiences.
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